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LEFT SPINE DOWN: Voltage 2.3.: Remixed & Revisited

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 08 2009
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Artist: LEFT SPINE DOWN
Title: Voltage 2.3.: Remixed & Revisited
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Sounds (@)
Rated: *****
Few months after the release of their debut album "Fighting for voltage" here's the remixes album VOLTAGE 2.3.: REMIXED & REVISITED. You know that I'm always critic about remix projects, because often you get thousands versions of the same track where the new one is really similar to the original song or, on the other hand, tracks that have the basic melody and then play around the concept a bit. Well, fortunately this time we have big names (see KMFDM, Tim Skold or Revolting Cocks) and also new tracks. We have: "high voltage" covers of Joy Division's "She lost control" and Nirvana's "Territorial pissing" plus a cyber punk'n'roll new song titled "Welcome to the future" and four short experimental tunes titled "Tape 8: Worm holes", "Tape 4: Test subject phase 1", "Tape 23: Pharmaceutical analysis" and "Tape 18: Status report #3". Also the remixes are good: I especially appreciated Revolting Cocks with a slowed down dub industrial version of "Ready or not" (great distorted bass and a blasting brass section!), The Birthday Massacre version of "Last daze" (now it sounds like a goth emb nightmare but keeping also a pop attitude), Tim SKold mix of "Prozac nation" (compressed, energetic and distorted), Combichrist mix of "Last daze" (now is a techno tune with a great dancefloor potential) and also Led Manville version of the same track is a great dancefloor tune but with an e.b.m. approach. This 20 tracks CD is a good one thanks also to the new tracks and to the quality of most of the remixes.

THISQUIETARMY : unconquered

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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May 07 2009
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Artist: THISQUIETARMY (@)
Title: unconquered
Format: CD
Label: Foreshadow production (@)
Rated: *****
Hey, I’ve never been in Canada but many bands I love come from there, when I was a punk kid it meant Snfu, Nomeansno, D.o.a. and Voivod, later Godpeed You Black Emperor and Constellation and yes if you ask me I love what Aidan Baker, Nadja, Tim Haker, Alien8 and tons of other Canadian freaks are putting out these days. Thisquietarmy is no excerption and I incidentally discovered this guy’s touring with Nadja and they’re touching a place close to where I live so I’m really looking forward to tasting it all live. Beside touring together and the fact Aidan Baker is featured on this recording there’re other similarities that bring the music of Eric Quach close to Nadja and to other Baker’ solo releases, no copycat here, I simple think they’ve some similar influences and analogous stylistic approaches. Said that they’re not exactly the same thing, infact "Unconquered" has its heavy rock parts but is much more dilated and a bit less depressed, let’s say post-rock / slow core with heart, melody and muscles. If Nadja in many ways are really close to Swans (melodic-era) hybridized with Broadrick and shoegaze, Thisquietarmy is still influenced by British music but sounds more depressed-dreamy-pop (whatever it means)... am I exaggerating if I mention Slowdive, Ride and Bark Psychosis gone heavy?!. For what regards heaviness I’ve to add the term has to be taken with a grain of salt here since this cd overwhelms melody and emotion from the very first second of the cd, usually I tend to get bored quite immediately by the genre but that’s not the case (c’mon let’s say that Isis and similar bands are good, damn good... but overestimated!). Nothing exactly new if you’re looking for experimental music but the quality of the works is top notch, I’ve no doubt about it and I’ve been enjoying the music from the first listening since both the production and the recording helps the music to reach its full potential. Going back to Canada, I’m tented to comment it’s stile a fertile area and in general music coming from there a the moment is freaky, depressive/ed, post-wave/dark, classy and warm.


LUC VAN ACKER: VPRO RadioNome December 18 1981

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 06 2009
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Artist: LUC VAN ACKER
Title: VPRO RadioNome December 18 1981
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Recorded for the RadioNome radioshow broadcasted by the VPRO in the early 80's, the six tracks of this 12" show the early style of Luc Van Acker, the guy who later created Revolting Cocks. Well, if you know his band don't try to find early germs of that sound on these recordings, because you'll be disappointed. On VPRO RADIONOME DECEMBER 18 1981 Luc is performing six experimental/industrial suites where electronic, violin and various other sounds melt forming a sort of experimental industrial free jazz mix where improvisation and the urge to express blast off the vinyl grooves. We start with the short "Intro Chi" where a thin, almost timid, vocal is coupled to a minimal melody, drum machine and synth waves. With the eight minutes of "Dohan Viola" we start our trip down to hell thanks to a mix of drones, bells, metal noises and violin. Try to imagine a jazz version of Lustmord and you'll have the picture. "Samadhi", instead is more based on angry vocals and percussions while the ten minutes of "Fanfaro Piano" threat your ears with guitar distortions and drum machine just to turn into a something totally different after four minutes thanks to distant piano sounds coupled to ghost like vocals.
The 12" ends with the hardcore electronic jazz of "Buharata" where disturbing sounds and vocals are free to improvise. Check some excerpts at the label's website.

SITH: Leiden

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 03 2009
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Artist: SITH (@)
Title: Leiden
Format: CD
Label: I Scream Tour Prod. (@)
Distributor: Season of Mist
Rated: *****
Since acts like TAMTRUM, ALIEN VAMPIRES or DAWN OF ASHES earn a lot of success with their musically mixture to combine a Death Metal-related sound outfit with Hellectro tunes, several newcomer acts following these idols in a comparable style come up to try their luck. Somehow in this style and kind this new French project has to be sorted in.
SITH consists in the first instance of Stephane Verdura, who is responsible for all compositional efforts of this project. "Leiden" means suffering – and indeed, the featured lyrically content of this album is a sort of violent mixture between hopelessness, hate, anger and reflects several views of disappointed relationships, violence itself and suicidal thoughts. The grim faces of the three musicians featured on cover art and booklet don’t leave space for a sedating summer sunshine and beautiful trip. Musically "Leiden" comes out quite expected. The foundation consists of the Electronic side like rotating synth bass lines and a pounding kick and snare-work generated of a drum computer. That is quite solid produced, but it also doesn’t hold anything refreshing asides this expected line – to me a pity, since a more diverse usage of this Electronica elements would help them a lot to leave some already known paths.
Their sound outfit gets accomplished with some grinding Metal-guitar riffs and a monstrous vocal performance between fragile and harder as hell. In between the expected straight and angry tracks like "Sin", "Eat" or "Love You To Death", there’s room for a more darker mood – I’m quite sure that every Goth-Rock fan will accept "Lost" as being one of the rather sentimental pearls this album has to offer. Some remarkable collaborations with Benoit 16 of TAMTRUM or VX from PUNISH YOURSELF even help to push more attraction on this album. Also worth to mention is the bonus track "Breath" at the end of this album, since the combination of a piano-driven foundation and differently Electronica arrangements works extremely well on this tune.
SITH are far away from being the next "big thing" this music genre has to offer, but still solid produced enough, to pick up some attention from the fans this genre has to offer. Released through their own label IS Tour Prod, but with the support and help of the approved Seasons of Mist distributor, you’ll be able to pick up this album in alternative record stores.

THE RABID WHOLE: Autraumaton

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 01 2009
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Artist: THE RABID WHOLE
Title: Autraumaton
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Sounds (@)
Rated: *****
The Rabid Whole are coming from Regina/Saskatchewan/Canada and their first album AUTRAUMATON has been released by the Canadian label Synthetic Sounds. The ten tracks of the album offer a good mix between genres which could interest a wide audience. Rock (Andreas Weiss vocals remember me Sound Garden as well as some of his guitar chords), industrial e.b.m. (check their way of using sampled rhythms and blasting drum sounds just like Front Line Assembly did) and electronic (they often use pumping synth bass lines just like on the catchy "Harder to be true" or on the following "Selfish nature") are used to pack a convincing mix of melodic riff based industrial electronic music. Sometimes vocals are too rock sounding but the whole result works well and the songs sound granitic and melodic at the same time. Production is cured and functional. Just check some tracks at their myspace page www.myspace.com/therabidwhole.


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