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TERRORFAKT: Cold World Remixes

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 29 2005
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Artist: TERRORFAKT (@)
Title: Cold World Remixes
Format: CD
Label: Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
A Powernoise/Harsh Industrial act signed to the big Metropolis Records label is a rarity, but it shows that the huge stable of them is growing into all genres and styles. TERRORFAKT are releasing herewith their remix companion to their last year debut, so you get here 10 remix works done by more less known artists like ANGEL THEORY (created lyrics and added their vocals on their more Dark Electro inspired remix for "No Frequency" – a rarity for the Powernoise genre and I can’t find enough praising words for this almost new track...), PNEUMATIC DETACH (offer as usual an excellent remix for "Arsenal" – of course the most harshest piece here...), TOTAKEKE (a heavily Dark Ambient inspired remix for "Zero" with uncountable layers – excellent!) or the always fine RE_AGENT (defines the standard to a high quality level between Dark Electro and Powernoise on their "Arsenal" remix...). Further remix works are done by CERVELLO ELETTRONICO, DISPLACER, SYNTH-ETIK, E-CRAFT, LIFE CRIED and IMPERATIVE REACTION. There is no really bad or boring remix here – I only picked out the four mentioned outstanding works. There are also 5 new harsh tracks at the end of the CD and also here are some nice surprises worth to check out. While "An Age Of Terror", "Corrupt" and "God Of Killers" offer new food to storm the dancefloor, the slow and dark "Elimination Chamber" offers some great delay and reverb effects. But the best piece is the duel with PNEUMATIC DETACH on "Black Hoods In Brooklyn", which features the best elements of both acts. I would like to hear about a further cooperation between this both excellent acts! You’ll get with this remix companion disc a marvelous release which can impress by the good choice of different remixing acts out of different genres. You’ll get too 5 new and worth to get heard tracks by TERRORFAKT, so – what are you waiting for? Get it!

PANTHER SKULL: Slothwave

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 22 2005
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Artist: PANTHER SKULL
Title: Slothwave
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: SNSE
Rated: *****
As mentioned below, Panther Skull is Devillock's Justin Meyers, and this is his first pro-printed cd. Meyers basically using the same tools as in Devillock (organ, tapes and electronics) and the sound as a whole is naturally very similar, but more in a droning and ambient way. Don't expect easy listening stuff, though: the first track sounds like a warmer take on death industrial-like heaviness, with sullen, billowing drones and creeping distortion. The rest of the cd is actually more minimal and less structured, but the tension remains high throughout. The analogue organ sound makes a big difference in keeping the sound physical and crisp, and often reminded me of early noise/ambient works by Man Is The Bastard/Bastard Noise. As a whole, it's a shame this lasts less than 25 minutes, but on the other hand the short length avoids repetition and stagnation. Very nice stuff.

DEVILLOCK: These Graves

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 22 2005
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Artist: DEVILLOCK
Title: These Graves
Format: MCD (Mini CD)
Label: PACrec/SNSE
Rated: *****
Devillock is the one-man project of Justin Chris Meyers', also know for his other alias Panther Skull (see the next review) and his label Tone Filth. The press sheet says "the sound is driven by what has been described as gunked-up tape; the sputter and hiss wooze that only analogue tape reels provide". Indeed, "The Blood From" (also featuring Matthew St. Germain of Freedom From label on bass drones) and the very short title-track feature this great churning tape sound, which makes for an engaging listen. However, right from the development of track 1 and in the rest of the cd, Devillock's sound unfortunately flattens on high end feedback, without much variation or layering. The recording quality is powerful and crisp (by the way, the work was mastered by Pete Swanson of D Yellow Swans), but given the excellent beginning I just wished the cd was more structured. As it is, it sounds like a very good live performance, but with some ups and downs throughout.

MAEROR TRI: Peak Experience

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 20 2005
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Artist: MAEROR TRI
Title: Peak Experience
Format: CD
Label: AFE Records/Blade
Rated: *****
This is a luxurious, and quite limited (150 copies only) re-release of this cult post-industrial band's 1989 tape, to be exact of its German edition on Bestattungsinstitut. As with all their recent and much demanded reprints, a lot of care has been given to the packaging: the cdr is housed between two black wooden plates, closed by a Chinese paper band with the MT logo stamped in black ink. One of the early tapes of the trio (that, as you all probably know, has later given birth to Troum), "Peak Experience" is also one of its harshest and most industrial sounding works - most of the original A side is indeed dominated by screeching feedback, pedals abuse and mangled vocals, right from the surprisingly fierce "My Electrocution". But besides full-on noise, the disc is a sort of sum of all the different influences of Maeror Tri's: from cosmic music ("Talita Kum!", the beginning of "Boundary to Insanity 5") to darker drones ("Translucent Vault", "The Threat", "Endless Space"), from rhythmic pieces ("Wovoka") to a final quasi-wave song ("The Last Perception"). The material has undoubtly aged, but it has aged well - though I honestly find Troum's music much more mature and captivating, this is a nice trip into old school industrial music.

DEADWOOD: 8 19

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 18 2005
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Artist: DEADWOOD
Title: 8 19
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring
Rated: *****
Almost out of the blue comes this shockingly good Swedish one-man project - so good that an authoritative label like Cold Spring is here re-releasing his DIY promo cdr. Deadwood perfectly alternates, or mixes, the sheer, relentless aggression of power electronics and the morbid catatony of death industrial. He obviously doesn't invent anything new within those established genres, but his use of the tools of the trade and, especially, his care for arrangements and details are remarkable. Beginning with the subhuman yells of "Antabus", which in the vocal department clearly betrays Deadwood's involvement in black metal as well, the disc soon swamps in the muddy ambiences of "Crushing on", more subdued but not less menacing. The vehemence of the title track, where he screams his lungs off against a heavy rhythmic hammering, gives way to "Bitch on the...", which could be the companion to "Crushing on" - monotonous synth sweeps, controlled distortion and disturbing whispered/pitch shifted rants. But the most surprising track is probably "Wither Sith", with strange looped cracklings, funeral bells and more synth waves hosting the usual brutal vocal work. As I mentioned above, Deadwood is especially great at layering and structuring, so that even a minimal set of sounds never becomes stale (take synth sounds, for example - I'm definitely NOT a fan of synths, but I really have no complaints here). This care doesn't make the result less aggressive, but rather potentiates that. Truly brilliant stuff, which will surely please even jaded industrial listeners.


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