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Flesh Eating Foundation: Purging

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 18 2009
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Artist: Flesh Eating Foundation
Title: Purging
Format: CD EP
Label: Rebco (@)
Distributor: Plastic Haed
Rated: *****
A lot of music reviewers as well junkpunk lovers and Alec Empire-ian universe's satellites gave this uk aggro-industrial band a warm welcome after the issue of their premiere full LP, entitled Seethe, two years ago, even if their style's partially inspired by the harshest side of digital punk, which someone considers as an agonizing glamorous trend - maybe that's the reason why there are so many references to zombies... -. This is partially true as you could easily recognize some influences of mid 90's industrial bands such as Atari Teenage Riot or Dan Gatto's Babyland, but they show a trespassing musical personality (even if someone could argue that zombies lost their soul!) even when they throw stereotyped massive noise walls joining them to some bangings from recognizable drum machines and emulators. And the proof that this foundation (not intended for vegans and pro-clerical people) shows more than a wide assortment of bangs, clangs, lasers and bleeps is given in this EP. The favourite shooting target of these famished digital punksters seems to be the hypocrisy of religious organizations and organized religions, a smashing invective screamed by The Juddaman - lovely according to an unpredictable response from our ears ,the way he chooses for growling, shouting and tweaking "God"! - in the lyrics of Godless (it's reasonable you'll scream "we don't need your sins, we don't need your god, we don't need your lies,... " as if possessed after repeated listenings... it's just a temporary possession, mummy and daddy!), an ass-shaker virulent danceable track which it's going to be played by a lot of djs selecting this kind of stuff for their followers. Godless has been so appreciated that these butchery's fanatics decided to run a remix contest on their website. In Purging Ep, you could listen three of the remixes they received from their fanbase. The Ladder one is the most danceable (a sort of techno-ebm-march with a rough distortion on an alarm sound...), the Digicore one shows a punkey set on a sort of jungle which is soon covered by the sound of a distorted guitar and by violent kickin' grape-shots, while the Multi-Panel one has a strange weirdy appeal with an astonishing mumbling chord. We really appreciated the lyrics of Victims, reminding the brutal assassination of Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby, a famous murder case in Great Britain, as they were killed just for their attachment to the goth way of wearing. Victims is not the first tribute to these victims - one of the first to write a song ("Illusion") for them was Ronan Harris by VNV Nation -, but we agree with the intent of denouncing one of the most frightening example of social intolerance. Different interpretations could be given to the words of Fucking Sick, demostrating the lyricist knows the tricks of the trade quite well! The most intimate tracks of this ep are Septic and You Made Me Suffer, the latter of which has something morbid reminding to us a mixture of Sonic Youth and Starfish Enterprises covered with a slighlty digital sauce. After listening to this good ep - you'll never hear any tracks from it on Vatican radio...we're almost sure about that! -, you'll have a persuading explanation of the reason why they shared the stage with most famous names of the scene such as Sheep On Drugs, Caffeine Kill, Angelspit, Das Ich, Funker Vogt, Killing Miranda and many others. Hurry up if you're a cd maniac disliking digital downloads as the CD version of Purging is available as a limited edition run of 300 individually numbered copies.

ROUGHHAUSEN: The Agony Of The Beat

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 07 2009
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Title: The Agony Of The Beat
Format: CD
Label: Tinderbox
Rated: *****
Active during the nineties with Front Line Assembly (check "Caustic grip", "Reclamation" and "Four Fit"), Decree and Will, Jeff Stoddard formed Roughhausen in the new millennium after he moved to Thailand. There, he recruited John Wu (a veteran of the Taiwanese rock scene and highly acclaimed studio musician), and Miss Lin (a veteran of the Asian death metal scene) and started working of his new sound. THE AGONY OF THE BEAT is the third album of the band and it contains songs written during the 2005÷2008 period that have been recorded in Canada and Thailand. The music, which goes to a blend of cyber e.b.m. to industrial metal, is frequently mixed with hyper distorted vocals. The will to keep every melody under a thick layer of distortion doesn't affect all the track list as things change with the newest songs that rather than focusing on keeping everything under control (you know, it is difficult to balance such a wall of sound and even if Jeff is really good at that, the listener sometimes could find hard to follow what's going on), are able to find a balance thanks to a good mix of good drumbeat, many synth layers with good sounds and an interesting ambient/dub influence (see for example "Fornaicus", "Fists of love" and the following "An awakening"). There also examples of good powerful vocal tunes where the distortion grows little by little (see "Sub-nality") and there you have the chance to check the great Jeff's skills as sound builder. You'll appreciate this album with different listening sessions...

THE FUNGUS MOTH: Dispersal Procedures

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 02 2009
Title: Dispersal Procedures
Format: CD
I was doubtful if reviewing this or not but the honesty of Andy Duncan convinced me to spend some words about his work. Active in the 80's with different monikers but taking mainly his musical activity as personal amusement, Andy did during the years about 20 releases. He describes himself as home brew industrialist and DISPERSAL PROCEDURES is a live recording (a mono crowd recording) of his participation at the 2008 Venn Festival in Bristol. The twelve tracks of the CD are a sort or reworked compilation of his past works and actually they sound as a mixture of Mark E. Smith (of The Fall) on acid while hitting on his guitar and noisy tape cut-ups. Some tracks sound interesting but the poor recording doesn't help me understanding Andy's industrial spoken word. If you are English, you like originality and you ain't afraid of sane craziness, write him a mail...

SCHIZOPHRENIA: Schizophrenia Teach Me Love

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 31 2009
Title: Schizophrenia Teach Me Love
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Self released under the Creative Commons license and distributed as a free download directly from their website, SCHIZOPHRENIA TEACH ME LOVE is the first official album of Schizophrenia. Formed in Tuscany in 2000 and with two demos released during the last eight years, the band with SCHIZOPHRENIA TEACH ME LOVE is giving for free a well produced work full of great sounds (here you find guitars mixed with industrial sounds and synths) and energy. Try to imagine a post metal record mixed with danceable electro industrial rhythms where Andy Thorne screams are well supported by razor like guitars, distortions and few synth lines. Songs like "Dry water" could find tons of fans into the WGT people, willing to find cool melodies into granitic sounds. The only weak point, in my opinion, is the vocal style which tend to sound the same for the whole CD length.

HOARFROST: Ground Zero

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 20 2009
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Title: Ground Zero
Format: CD
Label: Zoharum (@)
Distant cracklings, hisses, shattered concrete walls. Imagine to be underwater while a ship called America is sinking. Hoarfrost's GROUND ZERO tries to make you live the 9/11 experience as you were one of the people that was under the ruins of the two towers while waiting for an helping hand. The six tracks of this album sound simply as that and for a better experience you have to listen to this in total darkness. I'm not going to talk about the album's musicality as there isn't any and even if this could be filed under the dark ambient/industrial genre, it isn't because there's no research of melody (even if there's some on the closing track "Red alert") nor of rhythm. Into the CD data partition you can also find an mpg video file for the track "From here to ruins". No need to tell you that ruins (not the Ground Zero ones) are the only things that have been shot.

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