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DISHARMONY: Collapse

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 09 2005
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Artist: DISHARMONY (@)
Title: Collapse
Format: CD
Label: Monopolrecords, Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Long awaited and now available in the stores is Slovakia’s currently best Dark Electro/Industrial act DISHARMONY with their new and already third release. Against to the both predecessors the label Aliens Productions from Slovakia decided no longer to work with the German Broken Seal. Instead now they’ve committed a partnership deal with the Czech Republic rising label Monopolrecords. The Slovakian friends behind DISHAMONY, Ryby and Lord Sauron (what a cool name...) are moving in between towards in their musically development to build the new and authentic sound of DISHARMONY. Often compared to some classic and veteran acts like MORTAL CONSTRAINT or THE KLINIK they reach now their own identity and perfection. Dark and slowly interpreted tracks pending between Ambient and Electro, offering space and room for extremely strange rhythms plus distorted but not obtrusive vocals which are well integrated in the mix. This new "Collapse" offers us a thrilling listen experience from track 1 to 15. Highlights are rich mixed in here, but can mostly found in pieces like the title track, "Disfiguration", "Enemys" or "Flame in my Soul", where they finally add more variations into tempo and arrangement. A good Ambient-like remix work of the track "Zoomer" done by the MORTAL CONSTRAINT solo effort leaded by Ingo Lindmaier, POLYGON, is included as well. I have also noticed a slight growing dedication to some harsher almost Powernoise-like sounds on the latter tracks like "Magnificence". However, it will be almost interesting to see and hear how far the unbreakable sense for experimental song structures of this duo will move. 15 groundbreaking Dark-Electro tracks of the finest kind far away from all nerve-killing sounds of Futurepop or Hellektro. Check this out immediately!

GREGORY: Restart Now

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Aug 05 2005
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Artist: GREGORY
Title: Restart Now
Format: CD
Label: Monopolrecords (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Coming in a nice styled digipack filled with some beautiful space photos we have this Czech music project which makes a musically addition to the currently available EBM or Dark Electro inspired label stuff of Monopolrecords. The music of this project is based on experimental electronics with a lot of improvisation talent. Some tracks are sounding a bit like "live" recordings and it seems to be a re-release because this stuff seems to be already 3 – 4 years old. The officially 4 tracks here (plus a hidden fifth track) are ranging between the styles Electronica, Trance and Powernoise without falling into any cliche. There are no further informations on this band given, no website or a contact address, so I am not sure if this is a regular band, or who’s standing behind it. One flaw is for sure the not very long running time of almost 38 minutes including the hidden track. Globally this project brings out some good ideas without creating something individual. Please make your contact out to Monopolrecords for more info on this.
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Artist: H.E.E.L. (@)
Title: Light in the Hell
Format: CD
Label: Monopolrecords (@)
Distributor: SX Distribution
Rated: *****
Coming in a beautiful dark digipack, here we have the debut of H.E.E.L., a musically and visually side-project of Patrick Lev, one half of the soon to be giants DEPPRESSIVE DISORDER and Martin Pavlik. Compared to the main project, H.E.E.L. offers us a music far away from the Dark Electro/EBM inspired style, while not forgetting it. The music remains dark and scary and features some angst-driven voice samples. The mood here is based on Ambient/Electronica styled music, vocals are very sparse filled in here and almost distorted or revamped with vocoder effects. The whole musically concept leads me to some comparisons to old GRIDLOCK at their best times and to their label comrades of DISHARMONY from Slovakia. This is mind-blowing dark Industrial stuff reaching at times phrases taken out of the Powernoise/Industrial genre ("Heel"), Dark Electro ("Alien" or "Nerve"), Electronica ("Transmission") up to slow and monotonous Ambient stuff ("Convulsion"). Globally very thick and scary music stuff here which you should check out under a good pair of headphones. The visual part of this release was done and arranged by Tom Galle. It features a nice done data track "Hell for You" which includes several manipulated photos and graphic experiments plus a viewer program with which you are able to check out all of that stuff while listening to music. While I really dig the music content of this release (don’t listen to a track like "Alien" at night times – it can cause nightmares!!!) I am also thankfully to get an insight of the graphically ideas for what this project stands. Both, music and visual art, are marvelous produced. Excellent work, gentlemen!
Jul 25 2005
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Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: SIGNS Sampler
Format: CD
Label: Aliens Production (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Folded in a paper booklet with an excellent artwork comparable with some works of Ant-Zen, here comes the newest release by the Slovakian label Aliens Productions, home of the great and well known act DISHARMONY. This compilation unites 12 more or less known bands out of the Dark Electro/Industrial and Ambient genre hailing mainly from Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Two "guests" which became friends of the label in the years are also present here with the German Dark Ambient artist POLYGON, solo effort of Ingo Lindmaier (MORTAL CONSTRAINT), and the French Ambient/Powernoise act FLINT GLASS leaded by Gwen Tremorin, who is also behind the label Brume Records. So musically you get a fine collection of dark and less danceable music stuff which will give you an up to date overview about the currently rising scene in both brother countries. What makes this release worthfull is the fact that all music here is currently only available here, so you get some previously unreleased and exclusive stuff from already known acts like DISHARMONY (new CD is out now in co-operation between Aliens Production and Monopolrecords from Czech Republic), TERMINAL STATE (released a debut in co-operation between Aliens Production and the German label Broken Seal three years ago and seem now to work on a comeback...), OXYD (the more Ambient-like side-project of DISHARMONY, debut CD is now out...) or the great Czech Electro/Industrial act DEPRESSIVE DISORDER (outstanding debut on Monopolrecords). Make your contacts out to Aliens Production to purchase this fine release. I am really looking forward to hear more dark music hailing from Eastern Europe...

Track listing:

1. ANIMA MUNDI – Oscillate
2. SAMHAIN – Subsist
3. FLINT GLASS – Deliverance
4. DISHARMONY – Repulse
5. VORTEX – Illusions
6. TERMINAL STATE – Systematic Failure
7. MINDMAP – Akusia
8. GAPING CHASM – Only Shadows will Survive
9. OXYD – Empathic Clone
10. DEPRESSIVE DISORDER – Schizophrenia
11. TENSION – Room No. 5
12. POLYGON – Wo a

The New Blockaders and Nobuo Yamada: Prickle/Crevice

 Posted by Shaun Phelps (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 09 2005
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Artist: The New Blockaders and Nobuo Yamada (@)
Title: Prickle/Crevice
Format: 12"
Label: PsychForm Records (@)
Distributor: PsychForm Records
Rated: *****
Legendary noise musicians Philip and Richard Rupenus of The New Blockaders join forces with trash-noise mastermind, Nobuo Yamada, on this one-sided limited print 12" vinyl remixing the apocalyptic rumblings of Prickle/Crevice; a track originally released on the even more limited print CD-r, "Empty Time of TNB." These artists have been active practitioners in the underground noise scene, releasing some of the most aggressive and staggering sounds imaginable for well over a decade. With that in mind it is easy to draw assumptions of what might be heard on this, their newest collaborative offering. Assumptions or not, one thing is blatantly obvious: this release is completely insane.

The quality is questionable at first--sounding more like some kids in a room throwing a bucket around than anything--but within a moment’s time the distorted metallic clanking coupled with chipmunk-like shrieking, subtle feedback and a feverish pace quickly becomes a symphony of battered metal; mounting and ripping into the innocent and still screaming chipmunk-like beings. The pace continues to quicken and the intensity continues to mount until something finally shatters and glass shards explode into the scene, creating an even more viscerally-wrenching atmosphere. By only six minutes into this release the battered chipmunks I’ve grown so accustomed to are all but drowned out, beaten and torn, by the sarcophagy of hell. The turbulent sea of noise eventually calms and quiets to make room for the erotic and painful sounds of torture and screaming; no longer chipmunks, the pain manifests itself into living, breathing people. Simply put, this release is a bad acid trip incarnate.

The New Blockaders and Nobuo Yamada’s Prickle/Crevice 12" turns from the simple knocking of buckets into a flirtation with pure chaos so quickly it will leave you reeling. I have no idea what these guys were doing when they recorded this, but I sincerely wish I could have been there to see it. Is this album for everyone? No way. But after listening to this release I am convinced that any true noise fan would gladly wet him/herself to get their hands on this gem.


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