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Loss: I Kill Everything

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jun 06 2006
Artist: Loss (@)
Title: I Kill Everything
Format: CD
Label: Spectre (@)
Rated: *****
Damn – this is some heavy stuff. Let’s start there. I loved the 3" disc "A Letter that will Never be Sent." This continues where that disc left off. From the very first track, "The Turning," you know that you are in for a heavy listening experience. Distorted vocals, some screams, and heavy synth lines bring in some of the best elements of the previous offering. This is a lot more varied than the previous disc though. The album has some moments of respiteparts of "Happy Ending?" and "A View From Afar" bring in elements of noisy ambience and are a bit less aggressive. "The Waste That Was To Be" has a nice beat that may even work on the dance floor (imagine if Skinny Puppy was a bit darker and more distorted). Weighing in at 17.24, "A Moment of Reflection" is the longest song on the album and probably the most blatantly personal track with spoken word interwoven throughout. This is by far the most powerful song on the album. With the words that he speaks on this track, you have to wonder just what it is that he felt needed to be obscured on the other ones. This is absolutely entrancing and hypnotic. It is difficult to imagine power electronics that engenders a sense of empathy for the performer, but here it is. If you are looking for feel good music, this is not it. This is some dark stuff, but not in the "power electronics songs about murdering hookers" kind of way. Loss explains that "Loss is a project created out of need for an outlet. A very personal experience for the man behind it, all material is forged from life experiences built around the concepts of love, hate, sorrow, or death." Perhaps it is the authenticity of emotion in this music (for the most part, the lyrics are unintelligible) that makes the darkness more palatable. After all, Loss is drawing on experiences that are fundamental to the human experience. Loss is quickly establishing himself as a rising star in the experimental scene, and rightfully so.
Jun 01 2006
Artist: MONOLITH (@)
Title: Talisman
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
There’s no need to introduce Eric van Wonteghem to the interested audience of Electro/Industrial music for sure, maybe I should mention that he is more active than ever before? Also with his main and classic EBM project INSEKT he just released a new CD at NTP/Dependent besides this already sixth studio album of his solo effort MONOLITH. With this project Eric always tested the audience with his more experimental side of music, mostly the music of MONOLITH is based in the genres between IDM, Electronica, Tribal up to some real Powernoise efforts. So also this new CD features a lot of stuff to break out through some genre boundaries. You’ll get a full dose of never heard before sounds, complex rhythm programmings and strange structures generally. It is definitively a piece taken from the intelligent side of music, although I miss maybe a bit a "composition" and the human touch behind this music integrated through some vocals. Some repeating voice samples in between do never replace a vocalist, so the music of this release has to speak for itself. Eric’s musically activity lately with harder acts like SONAR is best transmitted here through tracks like "Indigo" or the title track "Machinebreak", and I definitively prefer this side of him. The global album is well done and good produced, like usual, what has ever left Eric’s very own Prodam studio. Please note that also from this release – like on almost all Alfa Matrix releases – there’s existing a special packed set with a bonus disc in limited edition of 666 pieces for the die-hard fans.

POLARLICHT 4.1: Drittklangträger

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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May 17 2006
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Artist: POLARLICHT 4.1
Title: Drittklangträger
Format: CD
Label: Zone 30 Records (@)
Rated: *****
After their debut album "Industrielle Hypnose", Polarlicht 4.1 are back with a new album. DRITTKLANGTRÄGER has been released in two different versions: a regular one containing eleven new tracks and a video and a double CD package (only 222 are available through the label's mailorder) containing also "Metronom", the album of Polarlicht 4.1 side project called Transistor. Polarlicht 4.1 present to the audience an album that will be loved or hated. There are no midways to be taken in this case because the tracks (three of them see also the collaboration of Wynargtage, Bluthund and Transistor) are based on a mixture of dark ambient and industrial music where vocals are used only on few parts. Rhythm has also an important part into the texture. The effect created is like a magma of sound where distortion, rhythms and tension play the most important part on the process. Personally I found the album a bit too homogeneous but the hardcore fans will find it intriguing.

DIOXYDE: Social Phobia

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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May 13 2006
Artist: DIOXYDE (@)
Title: Social Phobia
Format: CD
Label: Dependent / NTP (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
The Spanish project DIOXYDE returns after 4 years in hiatus and a long time of health recovery after a bad accident with a motor bike. Being started as a duo, DIOXYDE did release back in 2002 their highly praised debut CD "Torschlusspanik" on the long-time defunct Dying Culture label. This debut got released earlier than things started to go mad with the new "fun" genre terms like "Hellektro" and related, and it can be surely called a classic of hard and dark Electro/EBM. Now working alone, finally Marco Calvo is able again after the mentioned accident to concentrate on his music an he has created here 10 tracks and he could add 3 remix works. The music is one of the finest kinds of hard ripping EBM/Dark Electro music, following strong the ideas and sounds of the big players like SUICIDE COMMANDO and AGONOIZE. It reminds me from it’s kind more on the older phases of SUICIDE COMMANDO, Marco mostly spins his tracks in mid-tempo, which gives enough free space for some rhythmical Powernoise influences. Therefor the favs can be found in "Cae La Pression" or the great played instrumental "Aftermath". There are of course some pure and massive floor fillers like "Words Of Judas" or the HOCICO-sounding "Vida Rota", which received an excellent remix by FEINDFLUG. Next to FEINDFLUG we have in AGONOIZE ("Invasive Therapy") and TACTICAL SEKT (Cae La Pression") known and notorious acts offering their remix abilities. Marco proves with this whole album that he is able to play as a solo artist, also the given mix between classical Dark Electro and stompy EBM assaults works well here. No real secret is also the long-time friendship from Marco to his alter ego Johan Van Roy aka SUICIDE COMMANDO, so this might to explain the contract between DIOXYDE and the new NTP label. So you get here one of the hardest, but also most worked out EBM/Dark Electro albums around, nearly in the quality and style, which "Torschlusspanik" has entered before. The names and references speak for itself - what are you waiting for...?
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 (, 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.

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