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Imminent: Cask Strength

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 04 2010
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Artist: Imminent (@)
Title: Cask Strength
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
It's a great time for comebacks of veteran artists, isn't it? IMMINENT alias Olivier Moreau may has had its heydays in the earlier years under the flag of the German Industrial label and retailer Ant-Zen. His classic 'Human Dislocation' and 'Nord' albums, which defined an own class in the stable of this famous label, are still true masterpieces. Like with any good whisky ' and that's meant with 'Cask Strength' ' the strength of the whisky taste being matured in a cask ' this album has at least taken 10 years in the making. Too short to get forgotten, if your band-/project name is IMMINENT ' but long enough in our fast pacing days, that you've to start nearly from scratch. Someone may tends to ask, why it has taken that long to come up with an all new studio album ' let's agree, that good and quality rhythmic Powernoise in that authentic kind, how Olivier produces, needs that long time. After his wall of disturbing, at times hectic and fast pacing rhythm structures, hides depth produced through thick and dark sounding synth pads ('Teskede'). And have you ever heard of a musician out of this special music genre, who whistles and use temporary brass instruments ('Lorsc'). Although Olivier's sound environment sounds raw, with complex rhythm programmings, and not-that-catchy-and-linear, with tracks like the nearly 8 minutes pounding track 'Cling' he could be able to provoke a hurricane of mass-movement on the dancefloor of the dark clubs. All of those mentioned tracks are rather the immediately striking tunes, which leave some impression on the listener ' but this album has much more to offer, if you would find the time to give it some more spins. This album acts like the mentioned whisky ' good things need time to mature.

100Blumen: Down With The System, Long Live The System!

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 04 2010
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Artist: 100Blumen (@)
Title: Down With The System, Long Live The System!
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Already the third album of this powerful German duo, but never before they have presented their obvious available Punk-influence that clear in an album title. Musically of course, you'll get once again that expected doze of harsh pounding, Powernoise-like dissonances, excellently pressed into straight rhythmically outfit. Tracks like 'The Unrest', 'Crash', or 'The Anger' are purest adrenaline and will punish your feet during a wild and merciless Pogo-action. Applause also to offer those rather DIVE-like tunes like 'A Bullet' or 'Silence In Times Of Rage And Suffer', which both draw a balance between rhythmic Noise and deepest Dark Ambient. The most spectacular track is of course 'Klimaveränderung', which is collaboration with Shane Talada (MARCHING DYNAMICS) and the guitarist Chris Tiegelkamp. This nearly 15 minutes long running track receives the license to throw in heavily fx-mutilated guitar riff into a cold and menacing Noise ambience ' and strengthens at least the impression, that this duo and its music draw a near relation to the Punk genre. There's maybe still no law in Floriculture ' but it offers some heavy-weight Noise tunes, which are able to push 100BLUMEN to the forefront of the rhythmically Noise genre. Keep your flowers growing and be gently to them.

Philippe Petit : Henry: The Iron Man

 Posted by Mike V. (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 18 2010
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Artist: Philippe Petit
Title: Henry: The Iron Man
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Distributor: Beta-lactam Ring Records
Rated: *****
Performed on turntables with electronics, Henry the Ironman by Philippe Petit showcases deliciously crunchy electronic textures that drone, hiss, crackle and morph into new realms. With only 3 separate tracks (the first being 20min long mind you) Petit covers quite a bit of ground on this excellently mastered disc on Beta-Lactam Ring.

According to the liner notes, the album was recorded live in a studio. Its tricky to find exactly the right words to describe this sound, but there are hints of a saturated Kanding Ray and Jan Jelinek on Tierbeobachtungen, but many additional layers of noise that give it something of an industrial sound. Additional appearances by sax player Perceval Bellone and Chinese samples by FM3.

Get this for the astounding sound of Salaryman's Dream alone, and ride the wave with noisey delight through the rest of this excellent release.
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Artist: Apparent Symmetry
Title: Mourn
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Abstrakt Reflections (@)
Rated: *****
Another new netlabel focusing on 'the darker side of IDM and post-industrial music', as they like to declare. I have my own and quite critical theory on those labels, as especially the rather experimental-minded Electronica
(net-) labels are growing like mushrooms out of the ground. Whoever will be able to follow all label activities and releases, if especially this kind of music is available in uncountable numbers? Who is seriously able to separate the wheat from the chaff? If there wouldn't be a signed artist of this label (Mr. Sascha LPF 12 Lemon ' cheers mate!) penetrating me with uncountable mails and the usage of MySpace blogs, to check out the quality of the roster of this new and promising label, whoever knows, if I'd ever pay attention on them? After listening this very first release of Abstrakt Reflections, I came to the result, that ignorance to the efforts of this label would mean avoidance of quality and layered Dark Electronica/IDM music ' things I consume like water and air. APPARENT SYMMETRY is a US-based solo project of Zach H. and under this moniker he's able to offer us an attractive form of Downtempo-/ Ambient-Electronica music, which features a crunchy rhythm work very near to the ideas and allows comparisons to such cult artists like GRIDLOCK, or some of the recent Tympanik Audio projects like ACCESS TO ARASAKA, SUBHEIM, or CANDLE NINE. Zach sets the quality on a high level without simply copying his idols ' his true, layered Industrial ambience touches the eardrums. 'Skybending' is the name of the most addictive tune, chosen out of this masterpiece here, which includes brillant piano inserts placed in a fragile synths-sound environment and subtle inserted rhythm works. 'Mourn' is a spectacular Dark Industrial/Ambient album, which surpirises through its matured sound design, which is lightyears better, tahn anyone does expect from a newcomer. Keep it on both, label and artist ' this is a must-download-item.

Severe Illusion: Infidelity To Ritual

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 29 2010
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Artist: Severe Illusion
Title: Infidelity To Ritual
Format: CD EP
Label: MedCon
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Sweden's well-known lo-fi-terrorists return with a new and strictly limited MCD (100 numbered exemplars), produced and released completely on their own, by their MedCon label. You'll get 5 new tracks plus an additional live recording of the new track 'With Regrets' from this duo, from which 'Lost' and the mentioned 'With Regrets' are seemingly the tunes, which shall help to invade the dancefloors again. Especially 'Lost' follows their self-produced tradition of classics like 'Human Rites' or 'Trust', although their new compositions offer some changes. They could invest a bit into a better fx-processing on Fredrik's vocal performance, their monstrous distortion effects on the vocals seem to be a relic of the past. As I was about to rate something similary on the music too, I finally had to realize, that SEVERE ILLUSION vary more in their kind of expression. It is still an attractive form of minimal constructed EBM bass lines, accompanied with dozens of noises and effect ' but all arranged in more matured kind. 'You've Been Lied To' with its steady SYNAPSCAPE-like drum patterns is a hot favorite and unites the best elements out of the both main world of the SEVERE ILLUSION sound-dimension, noise and minimal hook lines. A well-done return into their own manifested niche of pummeling old-school Electro/EBM, which they have left too long before.



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