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ROSEWATER: Bloodcount

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 17 2006
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Artist: ROSEWATER (@)
Title: Bloodcount
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
Here we have the newest output of the Latvian Sturm label, the trio ROSEWATER presents us here a strong new rough Dark Electro/EBM/Powernoise album. It seems to me that this act likes to start a strong assault to storm the dark dancefloors of the international scene, simply and alone thanks to the fact that they’ve decided to let this album mastered at the German X-FUSION Music Production studios (www.x-m-p.de). ACYLUM meets GRIDLOCK meets TERRORFAKT, so I would to qualify this explosive mix this nice act has to offer. Things are starting hard and straight-forward with a pounding opener "N.M.E.", while "Unbroken" turns the scenario into a more Powernoise-minded kind – this track also marks one of the highlights on the last "Sturmer III" compilation of this label. "On The Move" then turns back up to rhythmical Powernoise efforts and features a nice analogue synth play. If this band decides to include vocals on their music, then they got a lot of penetration through countless distortion and overdrive effects. Also the kind how they got provided here is harsh and martial – it fits with the rough style this release generally has to offer. Favorites? Well, all of this pieces have that something special here – so this voting belongs on personal preferences: "Cold Refuge" (got already some airplay at Tommy T.’s Cyberage radio show, www.cyberage.cx), the hammering "Nakts un Näve" and "Irreversible Alterations" (shows musically maturity and offers a decent and melodic piano play after the storming Noise massacre, awesome vocoder effect on the vocals, too...). Make sure also to check out the enhanced video and the special hidden track, which is another nice effort based on melodic pianos and noise in the background. I’ve seldom heard a band which can handle that strong the combine both elements, hard and uncompromising Dark Electro/EBM with rhythmically Powernoise efforts. It needs to get heard by a wide and internationally audience – the best release of the last half year! This CD is a real KILLER – PLAY IT LOUD!!!

ALTER DER RUINE: The Ruine Process

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 17 2006
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Artist: ALTER DER RUINE (@)
Title: The Ruine Process
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Glow Room Records
Rated: *****
This is not a medieval/Neo-Folk-inspired act hidden behind this German name. It is moreover the debut release of two young Industrial/Powernoise musicians hailing from Tucson, AZ. Mike Jenney and Stuart Slimp made themselves already a good name through some exquisite live performances and for being the warm-up for acts like FUNKER VOGT or COMBICHRIST. You can see a few photos of their gigs printed in the inlay of this CD. So you’ll get here a full-scale rhythmically Powernoise assault which takes its influence out of several styles like classic Industrial, Electro/EBM up to IDM and Dark Ambient. Already the opener "...A Touch" is a fine example of the wide ranged talent this act has to offer. Dark, metallic layer sounds made a scary introduction until the rough distorted drum patterns join the scenario. Follows then "Martyr" which could be called a straight dedication to the works of TERRORFAKT, of you look for a possible comparison. This release lives from its straight and harsh pounding attitude, but has much more to offer than any related Harsh EBM act. There can be easily recognized a real compositional effort, especially in some favorite tracks like "Hep C", "A New Wave Of Terror", "Shallow Grave" and the last piece "Betrayal", the only one track featuring a vocal performance. This rhythmically Powernoise efforts tries hard to jump on the vacant throne of some Ant-Zen/Hands acts!!! Make sure to purchase it!
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sturmer III
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
This is a Latvian Industrial compilation brought and released by the leading Industrial/Powernoise label Sturm. Numbered under Sturmmandat 11, this release features a lot of never-heard-before-of acts and names mostly provided hard pounding Dark EBM, rhythmically Powernoise, up to IDM-inspired tunes and Experimental cuts. A hand-made and folded paper package with a screw holding the disk makes sure to hold a limited item in your hands. Strictly separated into an "Upsturm" (rhythmically) and a "Downsturm" (static, experimental) this comp starts rhythmically after an intro piece with the duo of MARCHWITZA. We’ve already discovered them, presenting here one of their best works with "Big Cojones". Also ROSEWATER, maybe the best known act of Latvia, make a valuable Dark Electro/Powernoise appearance with "Unbroken". Thinks are getting more and more noisy and martial, BIOS and STROPS can offer some valuable rhythmically Powernoise tracks and can be called favorites. With the "Downsturm" section the pounding rhythm parts are mostly removed and the tracks are turning more and more into some Minimal and Ritual-inspired tunes, some pure chaotic pieces (ANTIREALITY), and also some dramatic Dark Ambient (ANOCODAINE) pieces can be discovered as well. A lot of diversity is given for sure from the Latvian scene, but it mostly turns into a chaotic, martial and very noisy kind. Not designed for some weak nerves for sure. Hard-Pounding-Industrial-Dissonance!

Track list:

1/ 2OT Kas Tur?
--upsturm--
3/ MARCHWITZA Big Cojones
4/ ROSEWATER Unbroken
5/ CYBER PUNK Acid Rampage Running
6/ BIOS Power Z
7/ DEVNOISE Degeneration
8/ STROPS Tetan
9/ KNAUZERS Latvieti Nepadodies!
--downsturm--
11/ BARODARHO Invalids (live)
12/ CLAUSTRUM Zobrati
13/ TRAUR ZOT Komendantstunda
14/ SYNDROME Raumasche
15/ RUDENS LAPAS Kailsals
16/ ANOCODAINE Pain (sturm cut)
17/ ANTIREALITY Harshwave
18/ GAS OF LATVIA Union

W.A.S.T.E.: This Is What We Seek

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 12 2006
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Artist: W.A.S.T.E.
Title: This Is What We Seek
Format: CD
Label: Sistinas (@)
Distributor: Crunch Pod Media
Rated: *****
Also a debut release for this LA-based Powernoise duo, out now on the new label Sistinas. Consisting of Shaun Englefield and Theo Harper this duo offers mostly rhythmically Powerelectronics of the hardest kind. They show no mercy to torment some nerves of the fainthearted through that typically and monotonous track construction filled with the overused dose of distortion, delay, reverb and overdrive effects in all kinds. The music is very tough produced and really reminds on the hardest TERRORFAKT/CONVERTER outputs (...and it’s really seldom that I agree on comparisons done by the label...). The track "Psycho Killer" really turns the overall sound of this act into a wild distortion-massacre, for sure the hardest piece here. This track got also reworked into a more calm and mostly driven by some ominous synth-layers oriented piece. Another remarkable track can be named with "Small Time Pedophile (Gary Glitter Mix)", dedicated to the British 70ties Glam-Rock legend, which offers a lesser amount of uncontrolled distortions. The internationally renowned act MANUFACTURA is also available here with a remix work on the track "Shut Up And Bleed". Some more real compositional efforts on some tracks wouldn’t be wrong for a possible future release simply to offer a wider diversity. Nevertheless W.A.S.T.E. have produced an ultra-violent Powernoise album, which should appeal all fanatics of this genre which look out for a tough alternative to the Ant-Zen/Hands roster.

MARCHWITZA: Have A Hard Day

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: MARCHWITZA (@)
Title: Have A Hard Day
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
We at the Chain D.L.K. like to say hello and welcome to the Sturm label, which hails from Latvia. Sturm seems to be a hard working label providing harsh and martial music like Powernoise, harsh Electro, Dark Ambient up to Ritual Industrial. Latvia hasn’t so far brought out anything related to that mentioned styles, it seems to be a well place for the cold and rough music and this "Sturmmandat" is already their 14th release at all. MARCHWITZA is a harsh sounding duo simply providing the formula of the label. Of course, to discover some aggressive tunes from this Eastern European country has still a very exotic touch, but MARCHWITZA can provide a well balanced diversity in their style. You shouldn’t expect the best and polished recording quality of a huge studio production – but therefor this is real "underground". "Have A Hard Day" – well, this title sounds already like a warning and so they start with some noisy tunes. It is lesser danceable stuff than the generic harsh EBM/Powernoise style provided from labels like ProNoize for example. Nevertheless they show some real compositional background here and they also provide some harsh, sometimes strange effected vocals. I’ve picked out the fine arranged "Big Cojones" of being the best piece, a real Dark Electro pearl with slight noisy undertones and some excellent filter sweeps. Brachial music between pounding Electro/EBM up to static Powernoise efforts – MARCHWITZA can satisfy on all points here. There’s another new wave hailing from Eastern Europe – Sturm storms the international dancefloors of the dark clubs!


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