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Artist: THE PROCESS VOID (@)
Title: Arcane Matter
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: Crash Frequency
Rated: *****
Here we have another act hailing out the unknown badlands of Australia, the solo project THE PROCESS VOID leaded by Alex J. Also this act is part of the Australian Crash Frequency (www.crashfrequency.com, thanks again and ROCK on, Karl!!!) and this community grows stronger and better, also with this release under their flag. Alex describes his music being influenced by classic Industrial acts, PUPPY, FLA, but guitar-driven stuff like KILLING JOKE, and I personally would like to add a portion TEST DEPT to this reference. The truth lays somewhere in between, musically THE PROCESS VOID combine minimal EBM/old school Industrial inspired bass lines with rough vocal screams (not really the fine kind of singing...), solid bass kick and snare drum patterns ("Retributions, "Seconds") and some synth layers ranging between melodious and atonal. Also some guitar noises can be heard here and there mostly placed in the background. This is in all a very rough and not fainthearted style of Independent/Underground music. The later placed tracks turn also more and more into a noise and trash experiment, the long running final piece called "Book Titles" for example ends into a total noise climax, that’s why I took TEST DEPT to be a possible reference. The whole CD convinces through its experiental undertone and its aggressive kind generally, plus it doesn’t sound like anything discovered before. This project is definitively on a good way and I’m looking forward to hear more from it. Check out this interesting but hard to pick up release through the given sources here.

ANHEDONIA: Destructive Forces

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 11 2006
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Artist: ANHEDONIA (@)
Title: Destructive Forces
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
The debut CD by this young and extremely talented young Czech Republic project consisting of Vojtech Smetana should surprise the audience world-wide. The Slovakian label Aliens Production is known to bring out talents of Eastern Europe, which do all mostly concentrate on some cold and Dark Electro anthems, just think on both DISHARMONY and/or the last discovery GAPING CHASM. But this strong produced, and only instrumental-based album gives this real underground label some new exposure. Ladies and Gentlemen, Aliens Production proudly presents with ANHEDONIA the legitimate follow-up to the now defunct well known US act GRIDLOCK!!! I think this comparison fits the best to describe the thick and scary atmospheres which ANHEDONIA produces here. Don’t think about a copycat or soemthing like that, ANHEDONIA offer somewhat more straight structures. Tracks like my both favorites "Icecold" or "Chiba City Blues" should be able to let some dark people do some moves on a stage, in that case that an open-minded DJ would play stuff out of this intense listen experience. 13 tracks in all here, plus a well done remix by their label comrades of DISHARMONY on the trakc "Stir Up The Dust", this is for sure one of the strongest debuts I heard in a while.

VV.AA.: Lost in Darkness III

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 09 2006
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Lost in Darkness III
Format: CD
Label: X-Cem (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution
Rated: *****
Already the third volume of this underground compilation series, which lately brought a lot of attention to the X-Cem acts like WYNARDTAGE, MAY-FLY or ACYLUM. Like on both predecessors the main number of acts is somehow related to X-Cem or it is done directly by mastermind Kai Arnold presenting one of his numerous side projects. Add to this some new and rarely heard talents of the German Electro/Industrial scene and you’ll got a decent compilation musically mainly based on Dark Electro/EBM, also filled with some Powernoise undertones. Besides WYNARDTAGE or ACYLUM, here are some better known names presented with the Black Rain recording artist DAVANTAGE, the well recognized act TO AVOID, which could release a strong debut-CD as the last official release of the now defunct Dark Wings label, or the Danish classic act NEOTEK, a duo which had seen its best days signed to the Hard Records label. The German one man project VIRTUAL VICTIM is also present here and this act could win surprisingly a talent contest done by the German print magazine Sonic Seducer. Best tracks can be named here in the straight and alternative remix version of "Dead Culture" provided by the X-Cem act ACYLUM, wich finds again the perfect mix to combine Dark Electro with Powernoise elements. Also the track "Love Is Suicide" done by DVATION defenitivly gets my vote for creating a harder Dark Electro piece with known elements comparable near to acts like AGONOIZE – luckily without sounding like a clone. Other pieces worth to mention here are the already named VIRTUAL VICTIM, TO AVOID and also WYNARDTAGE gives a new and unreleased piece here. With the talented duo FORMALIN the included stuff of this compilation turns into harder, noisier and more minimal arrangements – Powernoise is offered on two tracks by SONIC VIOLENCE EXPERIENCE and SENSOGEN. Not in the same league like XOTOX or NOISUF-X, but a welcomed change of style. You’ll get here a real piece of Underground music mainly focusing on Dark Electro/EBM. A well compiled compilation with many up-and-coming acts, from which will be may one a global big player of the scene. This release is at this time the last one ind cooperation with the German SXDistribution. So if you are a distributor, please make sure to contact Kai Arnold of WYNARTAGE to work out a deal...


Track list:

01 MAY-FLY – OUTBREAK (ALBUM VERSION)
02 LA MAGRA – LOST IN DARKNESS (EDIT VERSION)
03 VIRTUAL VICTIM – CLINICAL WHITE ROOM
04 DVATION – LOVE IS SUICIDE
05 ACYLUM – DEAD CULTURE V2.0
06 MORTAL VOID – WORDS
07 TO AVOID – LAST RESORT - SUICIDE
08 HYDROXIE – NO COMPROMISE
09 NEOTEK – MIND-TRAVELLING (EDIT VERSION)
10 SECTOR:HATE – INFERNAL LIES
11 FORMALIN – TRUE FAITH
12 SONIC VIOLENCE EXPERIENCE – DANCEFLOOR KILLER
13 SENSOGEN – NIGHTS AT LAIT SOLAIRE (EDIT VERSION)
14 DEN.C.T.BUG – NACHTZUG (GLEIS 2 MIX)
15 DECLARE – BLIND (ANGEL`S RETURN MIX)
16 WYNARDTAGE – SEVEN YEARS
17 DAVANTAGE – UNBELEHRBAR
18 RE:\LEGION – NACHTHEXEN

WURT ORGANUM: micro

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 04 2006
Artist: WURT ORGANUM (@)
Title: micro
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Wurt Organum is an industrial duo hailing from Italy, a while ago I've reviewed what I suppose was their debut cdr, they kept on trying and "micro" is the follow up to their debut. Their receipt is: minimal industrial/power electronics music generally based on some crippled samples that croass harsh/dark or simple electronic landscapes, the structure is over all quite minimal and from several listening the impression is they're in it for a bad trip mood. From what my weak braincells are able to remember, they progressed from their soft-industrial mood adding heterhogeneity and harsh-noise/kick-ass electronics. This cdr features eighteen tracks as you can imagine they let put together different kind of "tunes", therefore you'll get some sort of ambiental tracks, but also some short minimal diddies, sometimes the impression was it somehow sounded like early Maurizio Bianchi, Non (just a little bit) or early industrial-electronics weaker and reduced to its elementary elements. The most of these short tracks tend to fall in cyclical repetitions that some may appreciate as a virtue while somebody else will complain it's an effect of extreme simplicity. Probably "noise" is a subjective experience.

UR: Baptism & Birthday

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 01 2006
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Artist: UR (@)
Title: Baptism & Birthday
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Ur are an Italian trio (at least in this release, since they are now collaborating with a saxophonist too) coming from a hardcore-punk background, but playing gloomy industrial noise. This DIY two-track cdr is probably their first semi-official release, while a new one on Andrea Marutti's AFE Records should be out later this year; and I do hope more will follow, as they surely deserve more exposure. What's quite peculiar of this project is that most of their recordings come from live performances, not from studio recordings - this gives a sense of flow and development that a more rigid composition would not allow. The first track actually suffers a bit from this characteristic, since there are some "hollow" and repetitive moments in its mix of metallic bashing, samples and pedal feedback, but the second one is definitely great: the vocal loops are especially well arranged, turning into an obsessive insect-like drone. At their best, Ur could sound like a cross between NON's vocal-based compositions (circa "God & Beast") and IRM's visionary approach to power electronics. While they're essentially interested in performing live, I hope they try to crop and mix the best parts of their recordings into definite pieces, as that would surely lead to great results.


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