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TRAUTES HEIM: Dunkelziffer

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 14 2008
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Artist: TRAUTES HEIM (@)
Title: Dunkelziffer
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Formed by Matthias Knake and Uwe Rohlfs (already active with Reversal Penetrations, band that had a couple of releases on Cop Int.) Trautes Heim (which stands for "My house is my castle") is sending me their first demo containing eight good tracks in balance from early e.b.m. and retro electro industrial. To realize how good is their attitude check the cover of the Abwärts' song "Computerstaat". The original was a nice punk '77 track and Trautes Heim turned it into a electro industrial track a la D.A.F. without forgetting to use a distorted guitar on the background. Also the original tracks are good ones and merge minimal attitude, melody, energy, samples and analog sounds. Creating hypnotizing and dark atmospheres, the duo is able to convince in not time. Unfortunately at the moment they aren't signed to a label but you can check them by contacting Uwe and asking for their CD-r. On the data section of the CD you could also find three bonus tracks (they are two intriguing instrumental electro industrial suites and an instrumental electro remix of the opening "Trialog") plus all the lyrics and the album already ripped to mp3 files.
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Artist: FOR GREATER GOOD (@)
Title: For Greater Good
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Mixing elements of neo-classical, post industrial, dark ambient and neo-folk music For Greater Good are presenting their first full length album which contains ten tracks. Created as a sort of soundtrack for nowadays life the album succeeds into spanning through different kind of feelings using for each track a different approach. If "Distress" has an electro industrial rhythmic section combined with neo-classical strings, "Rush hour" is a melancholic piano ballad with vocals, orchestral inserts and traffic noises. "Le judgement de roi en jaune" has dark melodies and neo-classical elements while the following "De to fabula narratur"is based on ambient synth sounds, light choirs and electro-industrial rhythms. The closing "The mechanist", instead, changes everything by presenting a piano/orchestral suite that recalled me the Wim Mertens tracks. If you want to try a different approach to the aforementioned musical genres try For Greater Good.

Battery Cage: Forever Never Ends

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 11 2008
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Artist: Battery Cage (@)
Title: Forever Never Ends
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Metropolis Records (@)
Distributor: iTunes, Napster and related
Rated: *****
I guess I’m getting old or Alzheimer is taking influence on me. The US act BATTERY CAGE has released a new album via Metropolis almost a half year before, and I completely ignored it a while. It was then Tyler Newman of the band, who needed to wake me up and inform me. This all may belongs to the fact, that a well-known label like Metropolis has decided to strengthen the path of download-available items. This new BATTERY CAGE release is nothing else than a download-only album. Too bad, because I requested the files some months ago and then I’ve totally forgotten to take care on this for a second time. I am very sorry about this, but this proves that numerous mp3 files on my PC can’t offer the same dedication than the physical graspable product. But enough rambled, let’s watch and listen to the product. "Forever Never Ends" is sort of a follow-up to the last years’ fucking intense album "A Young Person’s Guide To Heartbreak" and BATTERY CAGE have once again refined their style. It is still good to see and hear that they don’t completely ignore the Electronic part in their music, but the whole compositional and production process has turned to be acoustic based. It’s rocking, but still Electronica-complimented to offer good club food – in case the audience has nowadays the courage to accept BATTERY CAGE as a "club-oriented band". Strongly influenced by its predecessor, "Forever Never End" offer 5 new compositions, two outtakes of the "A Young Person’s Guide..." recording procedure and 4 remix/alternative works of that album provided by among others OUT OUT or the Canadian act FRACTURED. A must-have download-item to all those who got touched by the content of the strongest emotions a broken heart can produce - but moreover specially dedicated to all followers of the intense last BATTERY CAGE album. This is an ideal follow-up release.

NORDVARGR: Phyrrhula (Black ambient droneworks 2007-2008)

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Sep 08 2008
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Artist: NORDVARGR
Title: Phyrrhula (Black ambient droneworks 2007-2008)
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring (@)
Rated: *****
Nordvargr is really active and his solo releases are more than the ones he did with his comrades under the MZ412 moniker. This new album is titled PYRRHULA and it is named after the small genus of passerine birds belonging to the finch family (and this is the reason why we have a mummified bird on the front cover) and it is also the name of an old Swedish folktale of the same name (and in this case its meaning is "doomlord"). Another hint about the themes covered, besides the titles of the eight tracks, is a phrase contained inside the booklet: "Beware the small creatures of light, they only bring misery and death upon the enlightened ones . For they will paint their breast with blood and reap your unborn angels". Fortunately Nordvargr musical hyperactivity didn't affect the quality of these recordings: despite the ambient/drone label the listener can wait for something more than the usual hummings/bass frequency noises. Tracks like the opening "Another weeping doomlord lost" or the following "Pyrrhula one" mix guitar drones, synth pads, growling vocals, organ sounds, keeping the tension level high sounding also various (the least it could be possible into this musical genre). There are also some moments where Nordvargr prefer to be true to the pure drones/dark ambient palette but the whole album doesn't and it has many creepy atmospheres and good sounds.

METAORGANISM: I: Baphomet

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Sep 02 2008
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Artist: METAORGANISM
Title: I: Baphomet
Format: CD
Label: Some Place Else (@)
Rated: *****
Divided into five different movements I:BAPHOMET is the first album of a series of audio documents performed by Niko Skorpio under the Metaorganism moniker. The sounds created for this album form an entity on its own: Niko linked different analogue and digital devices which were communicating data back and forth. Each slight change in the chain could have changed the resulting sound. In this way the human interaction was very limited and the tracks made of drones, hisses, frequencies are like recordings of distant galaxies. Niko and his machines created a sort of dark ambient/alchemical suites ruled by Baphomet, the devilish goat who has written Solve/Coagula on his/her arms. If you are into ritual music like the early Ain Soph records, try this one...


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