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Artist: Famine (@)
Title: Every Mirror Turns Black
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
What has started several years before with the promising Dark Electro act CRYOGENE offering a sound somewhere between X MARKS THE PEDWALK and DECODED FEEDBACK, went unfortunately completely down under before a first debut album for this act could see the light of the day. After some short musically interruptions with FRACTURED, the solo project FAMINE was born, but far away from the usual Electro/EBM formula. FAMINE creates a nervous sound outfit, which mixes Trip-Hop, Breakbeat, Clicks n’ Dub, Noise or even some wild pounding Black/Death Metal styles to a special and unforeseeable cocktail. Especially those drastically and speedy Metal tunes with deep growling vocals are storming violent the scenario and quite unexpected ("Blood Sacrifice"). But also attacking IDM/D’n’B-inspired teutonic pieces like "Hands" don’t take any prisoners. "Every Mirror Turns Black" fulfills the demand of an diverse and Experimental-oriented album, also and because it doesn’t forget to offer enough Dark Ambient in between the adrenaline-pumping smashers. Not an album in the expected line, rather more a new experience. Now it comes to grow and develop a more matured sound – the talent is immense, as this album proves it well.

NOSZTALGIA DIREKTIVA: Nosztalgia Direktíva

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 06 2008
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Artist: NOSZTALGIA DIREKTIVA (@)
Title: Nosztalgia Direktíva
Format: 7"
Label: Enfant Terrible (@)
Rated: *****
Previously active as G.K. Agenda with three tracks released on an Invasion Planète Recordings' compilation titled "Sacrifice Moderne", Nosztalgia Direktiva is a minimal synth industrial project that already released under this moniker a track on the "Festival der Genialen Dissidenten" compilation (issued, like this E.P., on Enfant Terrible). Their self titled 7" E.P. contains four tracks where minimal electronic tunes pair dark atmospheres. Simple but effective melodic lines and analog sounds create the right background for mysterious semi recitative vocals. Nosztalgia Direktiva on "Tegnapok", "Amorphous", "Reflections" and "Néhanapare" are good at creating a mix of electro industrial pop for deviants. Their synths scratch the ears of the listener producing an insane pleasure. Soon available in a 300 copies run. Check three tracks on the label's website.
Sep 30 2008
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Artist: DER BLAUE REITER
Title: Silencis
Format: CD
Label: Caustic Records (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Named after a group of Munich artists active during the first decades of 20th century (some of them were Vasilij Kandinskij, Franz Marc, August Macke, Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin), Der Blaue Reiter (meaning "the blue knight") are releasing for Caustic Records their second full length album titled SILENCIS. The Spanish duo formed by Lady Nott and Sathorys Elenorth (active also with Narsilion) with this new album are presenting twelve new tracks divided into four different chapters titled respectively: "En sentir la tristor al cor", "Enfosquits els ulls de la mort", "Ordre i caos" and "Perdicio... l'espurna d'un trist record". Mixing quotes from classical interludes by Henry Purcell, Chopin and Antonio Vivaldi with martial atmospheres/rhythms, Der Blaue Reiter succeed into painting a personal vision of the decay of the world. They pass from energetic tracks with snare drums and vocals ("Eyes of the lost") to neo-classical/dark ambient suites like the following "Death and decadence". Rich orchestrations and classical minimalism (with some industrial ambient ambience) duet with ease creating a multifaceted canvas where the duo express their melancholy and their sadness. Songs, suites, industrial influences, everything is good to obtain an atmosphere of dreamy suspension where happiness is an old dusty memory.

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.
Sep 14 2008
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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.


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