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W.A.S.T.E.: A Silent Mantra Of Rage

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Apr 07 2010
Artist: W.A.S.T.E.
Title: A Silent Mantra Of Rage
Format: CD
Label: Vendetta Music (@)
Distributor: KGD Media
Rated: *****
It seems, that the Sistinas collective has stopped all further activities, since the best known acts did meanwhile hire to other labels (ALTER DER RUINE - > Crunch Pod, TO MEGA THERION - > Vendetta Music). Also W.A.S.T.E., the project of Shane Englefield, has found now a new home in Vendetta Music, and releases now a new album, the third already after the two releases on Sistinas. And since W.A.S.T.E. is surely one of a higher recognized US-based acts providing a harsh and rhythmical Powernoise-driven sound outfit, this release offers besides the usual album with 12 all new tracks, a bonus CD featuring diverse remix contributions as well as unreleased own compositions. Not, that W.A.S.T.E. needs to hunt for remix contributions by some highly acclaimed names like C/A/T, MONO NO AWARE, XOTOX or the already mentioned ALTER DER RUINE, the own compositions of Shane are drastically and floor-compatible enough to set fire under the boots of the pogo-addicted masses. Original tracks like "The Beast", "Gun To The Head", "Marked For Extinction" or "The Death March" are some fine examples for merciless violence pressed onto a silver circle of this harsh Powernoise project. Other favorites have to be named with the ominous and cold sounding tunes like the spooky "That Moment Of Terror", or "Kill Your Own", which both offer some scary moments through their layered Industrial ambience. As for pointing out the favorites of the second CD, the works of XOTOX, ALTER DER RUINE and C/A/T offer the best moments – rather the expected names. In case you’re planning to do a Powernoise party, please make sure to give this DCD set a spin – You could save the costs for a DJ, since this massive and harsh sonic assault offers floor-burners as well as merciless soundscapes to keep not only this release and this project attractive. As a complete set, it defines nothing else than the standard of modern produced rhythmically Powernoise, and lets higher recognized projects like TERRORFAKT or MANUFACTURA look like toothless dogs.
Artist: VV.AA.
Title: All My Monsters II
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: Witchhammer Records
Rated: *****
Communities like MySpace grow in their meaning to be an ideal promotion tool for music projects and labels. And sometimes it gets me, to search for some goodies with the hope to find a real treasure. With the Siberian-based (!!!) label Witchhammer Records, I found a label offering free downloadable releases of their mostly local based bands. "Monsters My Monsters II" is the title of a compilation series, which collects all of them and offers a wide range of diverse music styles. The female artist INTROSLEEP offers retro-analogue Synth-Electronica with beautiful melodies, while ABSENT ONE convinces with detailed synth bass lines combined with deep-male vocals. There are of course also several Noise- and Experimental-minded acts available, from which have to pick out UNDUSK with their "Hypnotic Mutant Attacks". This ominous Experimental-Industrial related tune is may the most convincing track on here, by following pretty much the styles of some raw Tympanik Audio artists like ESA or PNEUMATIC DETACH. Also with its second track "Collapsing", this project offers deep drowning Ambient moods combined with abstract arranged percussion patterns. A real discovery to follow immediately! While I generally appreciate the efforts to collect multiple artists and to introduce them via the usage of the above named community, it cannot be hidden, that some artist do definitely some more practice. But however, what counts is the will and the chance to present local projects to a worldwide based audience. And who seriously expects Electronica music hailing out of Siberia? Let’s continue to keep an eye and ear on the activities of this label.

01. A Fake Mirror - One More Thing to Lose
02. Introsleep - Butterfly
03. Absent One - Stewardess
04. Belika - Сны
05. Edge Of Caress - Pictures
06. SEФIRET - ChangeOver
07. Tur Sphere - Perfect World
08. Undusk - Hypnotic Mutants Attack
09. Хаос-Модуль - Ритуал Воды
10. Edge Of Caress - Run Away
11. BLODEUWEDD - Дочь смерти
12. Tur Sphere - Machine Bang
13. Undusk - Collapsing
14. Apkx - Rest In Space
15. AVO - FaDeOut
16. A.Tchort - Cellular Nightmare
17. Absent One - Night
18. In Se - Остатки сна
19. SEФIRET - Glance of time

Monolith Of Doom: Devastation Panorama

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 17 2010
Artist: Monolith Of Doom (@)
Title: Devastation Panorama
Format: CD
Label: Soviet Media Kontrol (@)
Rated: *****
Young German fellow Tim Kasten seems to have a boring private life. Highly active under his main project [ORGANIC_CAGE], with which he recently signed a deal with the well-known Denver-based Vendetta-Music label, he could investigate enough time to build a side-project, with which he continues his path under the small Soviet Media Kontrol-label. "Devastation Panorama" of course is heavily influenced by Tim’s previous discovered musically experiences and you shouldn’t expect a too drastically change of his stylistically direction. Where his main project offers harsh and forward-moving rhythmic Powernoise efforts, he slows down the speed to install more Ambient-related, ominous sounding layers combined with his abrasive rhythm patterns. This new 14 tracks therefore offer room for some additional experiments of a disruptive rhythm work, which may can be combined with his efforts of his main project. If it was really necessary to built this side-project, may lays in the ear of the listener. "Devastation Panorama" itself is attractive enough produced to convince, while stylistically not too far away from [ORGANIC_CAGE]. Better said, I tend to encourage Tim, not to forget to integrate a noticeable doze of the good ideas and moments of this album ("Amplify My Horrors") into the sound environment of his main project at the recording procedure of the next [ORGANIC_CAGE] album.

Alien Produkt: Honour Vs Falsehood - The first step EP

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Mar 16 2010
Artist: Alien Produkt
Title: Honour Vs Falsehood - The first step EP
Format: CD EP
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Someone argues that remix album are starving the music market out of its better crops, maybe as their quality is sometimes arguable, but listening to releases like the first (of 2) step by a crowded troop of djs and musicians remixing some of the most exquisite tracks by the Argentinean band Alien Produkt, which gained a considerable notoriety by proposing a powerful mix of harsch electronics combined with hyper-propelled corrosive rhythms reminding the style by Hocico and Suicide Commando by just two release on the American renowned label BLC, is going to refute this thesis by music market analysts, even if the one related to this genre is spreading its tentacles in such a fast way it’s not so easy to follow its development. Some of the remixes included in this collection are really well-forged, having successfully reached what seems to be the main aim of the so-called "remix art" (i.e. manipulating the original track giving its own personal imprint) by highlighting the creepy atmospheres saturated by noisy thunders and foggy sounds these wary chicos explored mainly on their album entitled Ignorance: even if some of them are not so impressive – if you already know some of the lads involved in this 14-tracks EP (more than 70 minutes long...), Mechanical Moth’s banal maquillage of Slander, Retractor’s treatment of electronic oscillating trumpets and hackneyed EBm sound processing on New Concentration Camps’ remix, Y-Luk-O’s drooling vocals on Dark Visions (it seems they hired the main character of Cronenberg’s The Fly to record it) and even the hitting horrified-industrial re-assembly of Slander by Obszön Geschöpf (one of the most famous name amidst this army of remixers) could disappoint your expectations, but Asptie’s beat-fury on Into The Abyss (that kind of stuff you’ll easily enjoy in a party crowded by face-powdered and toxic blood-like cosmetics people propelled by blood corrected by tomato juice and red Campari), Drained Scorn’s nice remix of Involution as well as some make-up arts on Oscilacion Parasita (in particular those by G-Pro and Sintetik – really a good work on vocals surgical dissection! –ones) and other noticeable head-banging bounces together with the title-track, Honour Vs Falsehood (classic but well-balanced lines adding nothing but a good-manner sample to EBM encyclopedia... ) act as counterweights for their quality. A Second Step – a promising rehabilitation center hiring some renowned sound-therapists such as Dolls Of Pain and Wynardtage- has already been announced and it’s going to be issued by the Hungarian label Advoxya Records – "thanksgive" them for this nice return by Alien Produkt... -. Embellish your headphones for this forthcoming step!
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Artist: D.J. Golubb (@)
Title: Underground Pathos
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Group (@)
Rated: *****
First, I’m always skeptical with DJ’s trying to convince the audiences with self-produced Electronica music, since several results can be called that weak, that a recommendation would be utterly mockery. Secondly, to start an album with a cover version on "Fade To Grey" of VISAGE including the usage of poorly vocoderized vocals, can be called as being the biggest mistake an artist can produce. Luckily the next 2 tracks, aptly titled "2" and "3", are musically far away from plain Tech-Dance music – both can be placed into the wide field of modern IDM/Electronica and giving some surprisingly well-done references. The integration of experimental and noisy FX and percussion elements results in amazed faces of the listeners. At least with the 4th track, "Space", starts Mr. GOLUBb in that expected manner, to produce danceable and consumer-friendly Electronica. Both tracks, "Space" and "Illusion", can satisfy with a well-done catchy synth-play. "Robot Voice" seems to be his best track so far, it features a matured sound environment, well inserted samples, and offers a slightly nostalgic touch to some 80ies revival bands. The following tracks, as well as an alternative version to "Robot Voice" and a remix on an ID MOLOTOV-track, are turning too much into the Techno-/Trance-genre. Diversity seems to be the trademark for D.J. GOLUBb and he has created several right decisions. "Underground Pathos" is may lesser designed for the EBM-purists, but an interesting addition to the X-Line roster.

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