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Cruciform Injection: Aftermath

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 18 2009
Artist: Cruciform Injection
Title: Aftermath
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Cruciform Injection is the name of the band hailing from the Chicagoland area. Cruciform Injection consists of Micah Skaritka on vocals, Brendan on Guitars and Programming, Kassi on live Keyboards and Jonathan on live Percussion. The name of the album is called " Aftermath." We begin with track 1 which is a grand introduction to the Apocalpyse in pure danse floor manner. We come to track 3, "Venus Corpse." Micah sings, of system failure and being oxygen deprived backed to hard break beats and tales of woe. This is a sure fire danse floor hit at least in my eyes. Next is track 4, " Raise our Flags " is seems to be a ode to going to war and it's aftermath it brings. Micah sings, " Nothing to see from the missle rays." Gives you this grim take on how war gets us no where and how we waste time on it. Next is track 5, " Dreaming Siren." which takes us to it's electronic world and opens doors to our psyche. Micah sings, " Come and sit on the edge of the floor." Micah is calling us to the danse floor and go crazy to this one. Stomp away and call to your master for instruction. Sill moving on we come to one of the coolest tracks on this cd, " Sugarbomb" , which always gets the crowds moving. Seduction is the key to this track and draws us near and dear to it's promise. Micah sings in unison with his band and the crowd. " Are you ever satisfied all you ever done.?" This is what I call the audience participation game, every time this track is played, all partakes in it. This is the track that this band is known for all over the circuits and it never disappoints. I just saw Cruciform Injection last weekend at the Darkroom and there wasn't one person in the audience not moving and grooving to it. Next is track 9, " Deadline " another danse floor hit and another favorite of mine. Micah sings to us, " tell me what you want from me." Electro danse craze the core and nothing more. This by far could be their staple song and separates from all other tracks. I found myself dancing in my tracks as I typed away. Track by track Cruciform Injection puts it's bang into your buck and never disappoints. This track is extremely amazing live. With that said, we come to track 12, " Embryonic Testaments" which is always a classic for this band and is played through the circuits. Micah sings to us. " take what you want from me." which the crowd sings back to him in great fervor and anguish. This track rocks hard and has been around on other albums due to it's greatness and great strength it brings. Next is track 13, " Black Tides." which is always a crowd favorite and asked for either for an encore or surprise. " Micah sings, " Black Tides " in his deepest dark voice to match the angry dark abyss he is expressing and crawling out of the darkness to shed light onto us all. Cruciform Injection always puts their best foot forward and shines bright. Do you dare to inject them.? ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo

Critical System Error: Ctrl/Alt/Decieve

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Mar 18 2009
Artist: Critical System Error
Title: Ctrl/Alt/Decieve
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Hailing from Chicago is a one man project fronted by Xero who is the brains behind this operation and Residue 3. Xero does it all, vocals, synths, sequencers and also dj's in Chicago and helps run Electrohell a once a blue moon special night of indeadstrial, power noise in Chicago. We open with Track one, " Crisis Perverted " which is an all out nuclear assault and all instrumental that violently jumps in your face to get off your arse to danse to the beat of it's own destruction. We move to track 2, " The Guilty dance with the Devil ", which is terror/ebm at it's best. Xero sounding very Agonoisesque and loud as ever. This track has hit the Chicago Circuit hard sending it blasting through our dansefloors in unision with hard breakbeats and lots of stomping. Xero sings, " the guilty dance with the devil, the guilty spit in the face of god." No remorse, no release as he sings his tale of the old ones and what they wish to possess only to find empty promises from our human race. Still mover forward, we come to track 4, Apocalypse which is exactly what the title states. Samples galore bringing us back to the old Skinny Puppy days. Oil drums, machinery all about and total annilation of the planet all summed up in one track and leading us to the stomping fields. A total danse floor war waiting to be had by the indeadstrial nation to fill the void and sending grand recognition and raising their fists and joining in the mayhem this track brings. Next is track 5, " Ctrl, Alt, Decieve a play on words and clever than ever. Xero sings, " Death in the name of prophecy, torture is your God's policy." This by far is one of my favorites and I got up and danced by arse off to its promises. Definitely a track to remember and forever burn in our brains for it's unforgettable lyrics of truths to be told. Still moving further ahead, we come to track 7, " Digital Antichrist", which is another danse floor hit that took us all by storm. " Samples underlying from movies about no believe in god stopping the show to get it's cryptic message across then letting go so the danse chaos can begin. Truly a brilliant track from start to finish with the end result of a full danse floor. Track by track this album offers little surprises behind each corner we turn in this non stop electric train that it seems we can't get off due to it's hypnotic showdown it brings to us, it calls to us and won't let go. They say when you use Control/ Alt/ Delete you are supposed to get out well when you enter your Critical System Error you may never want to leave. A pure genius album to experience. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo


 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 04 2009
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Title: Remote Aktion
Format: 12"
Label: Diophantine Discs (@)
Always in balance between industrial music, power electronics, free jazz improvisation and experimental sounds, REMOTE AKTION is the latest Sshe Retina Stimulants record. Listening to "Earlier Reports Suggesting Generation Of Erratic Thunderstorms, Validated And Responsive To Cognitive Struggle", "Prospective Psychological Armory Corrupting Into Degradation Of Planetary Pulsation Speed", "Measuring Variations Which Can Be Interpreted As Gravitational Effects Of Incoming Impact and "Unnaturally Induced Earthquakes Turning Vehicle Systems Into Exotic Phenomena" I feel like myself treated like Alex DeLarge on A Clockwork Orange. There are so many layers of treated sounds that it is strange when you hear an acoustic guitar coming by or another natural sound. If on early days (like on "Harakiri for 7 strings") Paolo was used to push his feet on the turbo boost pedal, nowadays he alternates sounds and atmospheres inducing into the listener a particular feeling of dizziness creating a unique sound scenario.

Lucidstatic: Gravedigger

 Posted by Michael Grillo   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Feb 26 2009
Artist: Lucidstatic
Title: Gravedigger
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Rated: *****
In my years of listening of music, I’ve come across two albums that make you feel like you’re being beaten up with barrage of drums. These two albums are Alec Empire’s "The Destroyer", and Lucidstatic’s latest offering, the aptly titled "Gravedigger." This is an album that has a lot going on, such as fast complex jungle beats, clanking metal sounds, and aggressive noise patterns and samples. The album’s lead off track "Blackout" sets the pace for the entire collection with its brutally intense arrhythmic drum pattern that’s broken up with bits of noise and a sample of a guy saying "No your fucked!," which under most circumstances would be cheesy as hell. However, for Lucidstatic’s purpose, it acts as a warning, giving the listener a premonition of things to come, which is an extremely aggressive and unrelenting album. From start to finish "Gravedigger" is a mind blowing amalgam of breakcore, IDM, and industrial power that unmercifully destroys everything in its path. Furthermore, while most albums of this nature get boring after about the third track because every song sounds exactly the same, "Gravedigger" maintains your attention and keeps you listening in anticipation for what’s going to be thrown at you next. If you like hard power electronics, then you MUST purchase this album immediately. Indeed, this album is great for getting out some pent up aggression.

PRURIENT: The Black Post Society

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jan 27 2009
Title: The Black Post Society
Format: CD
Label: Cold Spring Records (@)
I can't say I have fully enjoyed this album, because Prurient's THE BLACK POST SOCIETY is perfect for causing damage to your hearing. Behind a sort of new primitivism attitude (the info sheet talks about the depression of the hunter after he kills his prey) Prurient aim is to keep the adrenaline level high by creating a saturated wall of sound where behind distorted vocals you can find echoes of melodies and structured layers of industrial sounds. Having a sort of black metal approach to sound, Prurient recorded vocals that are at least 10dB higher than the rest and then built tracks that could be interesting if decrypted. "Rose comet" for example has a first part where vocals are kinda balanced and then you can listen to the industrial dark ambient texture he created. The same goes with the following tracks "Wooden weapons", "Mask of the boys" and "Month lengthening into years" and actually if you are into this genre you can like the maniacal atmospheres he proposes. Lyrics are kinda hermetic as their structure recalled me haiku where flashes of phrases are given to express a situation.

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