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SITH: Leiden

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 03 2009
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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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

VV.AA.: Subvert Punx 4-way Split

 Posted by Royce Icon   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 30 2009
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Subvert Punx 4-way Split
Format: CD
Label: D-Trash Records (@)
Rated: *****
In the 6 or so years I've been reviewing underground electronic music, D-Trash Records has been one of the few labels that I've received material from consistently, and it's been rather cool to track the development of the label. My opinion of their records is often varied, but I have a ton of respect for them and their aesthetic, and it's rare that I don't like at least a few parts of each record.

This recent offering from the label comes in the form of a 4 way split album, all more or less breakcore/ digital hardcore themed. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time I've heard from any of these artists, but I definitely want to hear more.

The anarchistic fiesta begins with 4 tracks from Belarussian project Clip, who have a nice and harsh style, by far the harshest sounding of the four projects here. There are some nice guitars and distorted sample usage to accompany the spastic ADD beats, which is nice. The overall focus seems to be raw power via distortion, and that is definitely achieved here. Good stuff for sure.

Up next we have 4 tracks from the brilliantly named US project Midi Fister, which take us in a comparatively more polished, glitchy direction that is definitely enjoyable. The breaks are very much still emphasized here, but there is a ton of stuff going on, with lots of nice textures and cut ups thrown into the mix. At times I can see elements of Contra at play.... By far the best produced effort of the projects here, and possibly the most diverse.

Russian noiseters Distonn are up to bat in the third round, offering yet another set of four tracks is a pretty straight forward breakcore style, with the addition of punk guitars and various sample abuse/ plunderphonics, at times a bit grindcore influenced. At times the material is more raw, at other times, more polished, but the beaks and samples are in from most of the time. I wish there was less emphasis on the samples, because some of them just aren't that strong. I enjoy the usage of the foreign pop songs, but I don't really need to hear a high pitch Papa Roach sample over and over. Overall it's good stuff though.

Disbreakz close the show with their 4 tracks, and this Croatian project continutes in a similar vein as their predecessors, only with even more emphasis on samples, again in the form of foreign pop (which likely isn't so foreign to them, maybe.), and less guitars. The samples are used a bit more effectively by this project, but I do think it's a bit of a crutch. The beats are nice, as are the other sounds used, and it's definitely okay stuff.

All in all, this 4-way split is pretty solid, and it offers up enough variety to please most anybody who digs good breakcore. If you dig you beaks fast and broken, check this sucker out! I definitely recommend it.

MIEL NOIR: Der Honigflügel

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 23 2009
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Title: Der Honigflügel
Format: CD
Label: The Eastern Front (@)
Miel Noir's second release on The Eastern Front label is titled DER HONIFLUGEL and if you already checked Dimo Dimov's previous split with B-Machina try to forget it as this one sounds different. The five tracks of the album are piano suites mixed with few industrial sounds and, as the info sheet reports, samples coming from Russian movies inspired by classical Russian novel "Crime and Punishment" written by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Goncharov novels (instead, the second track "Honigglut" contains Italian movie samples as far as I understand by listening to it). The piano lines are recorded like coming from a crackling radio and the effect created is a particular one as it seems recorded from an early 20th century movie. During the whole CD there's an overall feeling of despair: even if the main instrument is the piano, there isn't a definite melodic line and this enhance the sense of desolation I think Dimo wanted to create.

COPH NIA: Qliphothic Phantasmagoria (Exorcising Old Demons)

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 22 2009
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Artist: COPH NIA
Title: Qliphothic Phantasmagoria (Exorcising Old Demons)
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: Wrotycz Records (@)
Rated: *****
Revisiting old gems isn't an unusual thing for Coph Nia see the versions of "Prime Mover" by Leather Nun and "Stygmata Martir" by Bauhaus recorded for "Shape Shifter" or the ones contained on their latest full length "The Dark Illuminati: A Celestial Tragedy In Two Acts": "Fire" originally performed by The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, "Sympathy For The Devil" originally performed by The Rolling Stones and "Religion" originally performed by Front 242. This time for Wrotycz Records they decided to propose four tracks that in the seventies were classic cuts of devilish hard rock music: "Black Sabbath" originally performed by Black Sabbath, "Sick Thing" originally performed by Alice Cooper, "Levitation" originally performed by Hawkwind and an old success of Ozzy Osbourne, "Mr. Crowley" (the best of the lot which contains also samples of Aleister Crowley voice). As usual, the original songs have been ripped to pieces and slowed down just to sound like Coph Nia used to sound: dark, epic and ritualistic. The recitative deep vocals coupled by militaristic kettledrums, orchestrations and dark ambient sounds make of this MCD a convincing one and if you are a fan of the band for sure you'll want to check this out.

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