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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
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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
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 16 2010
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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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Artist: [HAVEN]
Title: Plastic
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Newcomer talents out of undiscovered areas of Eastern Europe providing an uncompromising IDM/Electronica sound-outfit, seem to touch the ears and hearts of the Tympanik Audio label owner Paul Nielsen and his helpers.
[HAVEN] is a one-man music project out of Poland, consisting of Marcin Jamulski, who presents with "Plastic" his first album newly signed to this label. Previously he can look back on 2 releases for the Polsih label Rage In Eden. Musically mostly driven by dark and cold synth sweep-sounds, multiple voice samples to transport the content, varied field recording efforts and abrasive percussion drops, the 16 tracks on this album create a very own sound environment, which requires a bit more than the usual attention from the listener. Relatively straight and beat-driven tunes like "Marrakech" or "Takir Al-Masir" with their easy-to-follow, catchy synth-layers can be heard side by side with some static and mysterious sounding tunes like "Tell Me About Madness" or "Broken Childhood" – this album draws a fine line between a rhythmically urging for motion and an attentive listening experience. [HAVEN] seemingly manages hard to figure out an authentic kind of its sound, but it too needs to be said, that this act hasn’t reached perfection so far. Some tracks are drowning a bit too obviously into repetitions, also some of the chosen sounds could need an update, just to keep it a bit more thrilling. It’s a respectable debut with some minor flaws, so let’s continue to have an open ear for the further efforts out of this Polish [HAVEN]...
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Miwak Twelve
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Hymen records (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
If a label reaches the target to survive 12 years as an active outlet for intelligent Electronica music, then this has to celebrated. The whole Chain D.L.K. team congrats the Hymen Records label to its 12th birthday and is proud to get invited. According to this happening and to celebrate this event with the listeners, Hymen has released the right gift. "Miwak Twelve" is the name of this double-CD compilation, which features mostly new and unreleased tracks of the projects out of the label roster, as well as of some contributions by guests of the famous partner-label Ant-Zen and from several other resources, which are standing in one or another relation to the label. See the full tracklist below and chose your favorite, as this compilation offers quality only. I therefore pick up only a few contributors, which left the most impression. Already the opener of CD1, created by the German project THE EMPATH, impresses with some spacey synth pads and tasteful IDM-related percussion inserts. SOMATIC RESPONSE out of Wales are a real institution for Hymen and active since the beginning of the label. They offer with "Takayama (Another Rainy Day)" energetic Electro bass lines and a hard-hitting rhythm work. Female mistress TONIKOM offers interesting bass lines integrated in a break-beat firework. BLACK LUNG is a project by the well-known Australian sound-wizard David Thrussel (SNOG), who offers here a striking and straight-forward moving noisy tune. HPC out of Norway offers the right balance between harsh Noise percussion elements and a well-thought form of Industrial ambience. ACCESS TO ARASAKA, well, we’ve reached one of my personal favorites during the last months offers an older tune originally released on the netlabel Illphabetik, about with the same intense sci-fi feeling well presented on the marvelous full-length album "Oppidan", out on Tympanik and Spectraliquid. Not to forget DRYFT, the sole effort by the former GRIDLOCK-member Mike Cadoo – somehow his synth layer programming offers a lot of similarities to his unfortunately too early gone cult project.
Quite a lot of well-done works for CD1, but CD2 shouldn’t stand in the shadow. COMBUSTION is a Brazilian project and convinces with an interesting sound-design, plus some decent female vocal contributions by Caro Roth. SNOG a.k.a. David Thrussel gets the expected additional free slot and performs his inimitable "The End Of The World". The Canadian sound-designer of BLACKFILM manages still a lot, to hide himself from the audience, but since his scary Ambient music with its dramatic orchestral inserts are sort of a lecture of "How-to-produce-opulent-arranged-film-scores", I see myself quite fascinated by the audio result – who cares, who’s standing behind this project? The AB OVO-musician Jérôme Chassagnard shakes with "Time Traveller" another superb tune easily out of his wrist, which fascinates with a famous synth-play. And Mika Goedrijk hasn’t to be missed, since his last EP on Ant-Zen was a marvelous output – "Sore Eyes" stands rather more for his darker and lesser aggressive side of his straight-oriented tunes. Also MARCHING DYNAMICS a.k.a. Shane Talada drops an "Almighty Bomb", until the classic Hands-recording act ORPHX lead us into their monotonous, quite KLINIK-like sounding analog-produced Electronic Ambience music. DEAD HOLLYWOOD STARS need to be mentioned too, since the legendary Mr. John Sellekaers (Metarc Studios) stands behind this project – you’ll get it, he of course has also done the mastering of this DCD compilation.
And if some of you out there still have doubts, that 12 years in this shark-driven music business aren’t reason enough to celebrate this with a compilation – well, try yourself to survive with a related project a single year! And be assured, that the Hymen/Ant-Zen clan will find enough good reasons to return with a similar impressive compilation to their 15th year of existence. Let’s move on!
tracklist cd1:
the_empath: at the heart of it all
slam52: frosd
somatic responses: takayama (another rainy day)
millipede: concevoir (gaztheque remix by aphorism)
defrag: the old growth
tonikom: the source
nebulo: sunurb
deru: between you and me
black lung: the hostmen of tyne
lowfish: wreckage
hpc: phoenix
access to arasaka: xt10.20zp9
architect: awake
dryft: vector step (elimination)
hecq: sleep through the day

tracklist cd 2:
combustion: building the house of vanity (feat. caro roth)
ginormous: arrive with eyes ablaze
snog: the end of the world (intimate mix)
crunch: karot (vent remix)
mad ep vs. bryce beverlin II: breakstuff
keef baker: sacrifice
blackfilm: se5
karsten pflum: capstone switch
abs6: premiers traitements
wisp: the bard (postlude)
jerome chassagnard: timeless travelers
mika goedrijk: sore eyes
marching dynamics: almighty bomb
orphx: intercession (edit)
bit shifter: easy prey
dead hollywood stars: back in town
end: jailbait rock
twenty knives: royal vomitorium


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