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100Blumen: Floral Annihilation

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 25 2008
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Artist: 100Blumen (@)
Title: Floral Annihilation
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Only one year after the release of the widely recognized debut "There Is No Law In Floriculture", Germany’s one-man act 100BLUMEN returns with a new album. Still heavily numbed by a "Chlorophyll Rush" (ha-ha...), this project again sets fire under the machines and offers another 17 minutes of pounding, abrasive floral Industrial. All the good things known from the debut like the courage to combine quite different musically arrangements in one song (ever tested piano drops laid over a torturing rhythm inferno? Check "Grassroot Symphony" on here...) could kept alive and the act has experienced an improvement. Also the hypnotic aura by looping repetitive rhythm patterns over and over again has found a continuation. Additional remix works by some friendly label colleagues like P.A.L. and the Hands-recording act HEIMSTATT YIPOTASH are accomplishing this decent release. "Floral Annihilation" is the consequential follow-up and proves that the field of flowers isn’t dried so far. It surely can’t reach the Ant-Zen throne currently owned by EXOCET, MONOKROM or SYNAPSCAPE, but it is nevertheless a satisfying alternative.

Monokrom: One Fine Day In The Pyramid

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 25 2008
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Artist: Monokrom
Title: One Fine Day In The Pyramid
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
With an evil-minded grin in face, the mummies of MONOKROM got awaken to teach some tourists trappede in a pyramid the harsh way of life. Ant-Zen’s MONOKROM, active since mostly two decades, are back to make your eardrums bleed. Let’s doubt on too many fairytales about the re-animation of some mummies after some strange grave-robbers have dared to open king Tut’s tomb, but nevertheless the mummy evolution musically provided through this new album is alive. Each exemplar of this new MONOKROM albums is a unique object, because each got packaged in a handcrafted plaster bandaged sleeve. Also the first 32 exemplars got packed in a heavy box-set and copy No. 23 comes out with a black cover. This strongly reminds on the early Ant-Zen days, when every release offered a special packaging or gimmick to keep on a huge originality and cult status to this label. Musically this new MONOKROM album is the purest noise assault someone can think of, very near to a complete anarchic climax, it will punish your home entertainment to the highest peaks. For sure the most destructive release of Ant-Zen in years, featuring walls of grinding uproar, abrasive frequencies and strange mutilated voices. This is a quite destroying demonstration that the musically onslaught is anything else than a fine day in a pyramid. The track "Wiz Ga-Wiz" is a bit more straighter oriented, or let’s say the rhythmically structure is quite better recognizable behind the walls of harsh noise. This track got also used to publish a video clip entitled "The Return Of The Mummies Of Noise", which you can find at the end of this album. A must-have item for collectors and for anyone longing back some earlier Ant-Zen days.

DYM: The Invilid

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 13 2008
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Artist: DYM
Title: The Invilid
Format: CD
Label: Noitekk (@)
Distributor: Nova
Rated: *****
DYM stands for Death to Your Modern and THE INVILID is their debut album. Containing ten tracks, the album shows a band that has something new to offer other than harsh sounds and aggressive attitude. DYM mix e.b.m. tunes with harsh/treated vocals, breakbeat rhythms and electro industrial sounds. Most of the tracks offer good moments and fortunately few of them are focused only on distorted assaults that tend to arise only chaos rather than my attention. Good for a dancefloor use as well as an home listening, THE INVILID is a nice album which stands out for its mix of genres even if innovation isn't the key for the whole track list as some tracks are quite "normal" for an e.b.m. album but the ones where they blend genres and don't push too much on the harshness are really interesting.

Lingouf: Area Keloza

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 12 2008
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Artist: Lingouf
Title: Area Keloza
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
The talent of the German Ant-Zen-label to hire some unexpected and hardly heard before is still unbreakable. The French act LINGOUF can look back on some releases out on the small Ark-Aik underground label, which mostly draw their musically ground based on Hardcore/Techno music. "Area Keloza" of course turns the music into a much wider dimension. It starts dark with several strange voice samples thrown into the Industrial soundscapes of the opener "Bioless Game", the collaboration with the Japanese Cyberpunk-artist KENJI SIRATORI takes some obvious fruits. While drowning into this obscure Industrial ambience, the abrasive rhythm work joins in and offers some satisfying results on a straight 4/4-basis. The straight orientation continues on "Harpman", which may can grow to a club favorite. The longer this album runs, the faster and more percussive-oriented the tracks mutate. The attached info sheet refers on names like CONVERTER, IMMINENT or SOMATIC RESPONSES as possible comparisons. Some elements of each mentioned acts can be surely discovered in LINGOUF, while an obviously obscurity hides behind it too. This may belongs on the fact that LINGOUF is more than a usual Industrial/Powernoise act, this project and its anonymous mastermind is also active as a visual artist. Some excerpts of the work can be discovered on the projects’ website mentioned above. "Area Keloza" features only 6 tracks, but all of them are clocking up to 10 minutes and more, so the term of a full-length album is nice fulfilled. As usual for Ant-Zen, also LINGOUF is a save candidate for 4 stars. Well deserved!
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Artist: Greifenkeil (@)
Title: Blood Mystery
Format: CD
Label: GrenTzwert Musiclabel (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Again sorry for another too late done review, but at least the heap here on my table shrinks a bit. Germany’s Dark Electro/Ambient art-project GREIFENKEIL returns with a new full-length album again signed and published to the Munich-based Grentzwert label. The resume in advance: also this new album requires the full attention of the listener, since the musically course once again draws influences of the darkest music styles electronic music can deliver. A. von Greifenkeil, the mastermind behind this project, has again created a sonic assault, which integrates the darkest Dark Electro, Dark Ambient and Powernoise impressions, at times all styles pressed into a single track ("Vendetta"). New and worth to mention is the fact, that A. von Greifenkeil is able to watch over genre boundaries, also the integration of guitar riffs ("Blood War") is nowadays an allowed stylistically element. If the chosen album-title may suggests a close dedication to some terror-EBM- or vampire-related content, GREIFENKEIL has never been and surely will never be thrown into this redundant field. "Blood Mystery" also hasn’t got anything to do with a normal biologically process, it rather offers a higher, but still mysterious and intellectual content. It’s a bit to keep the inner out, the might of blood seems to have a deeper meaning to A. von Greifenkeil, as he announced, that this will be only the starter for more excursion. Also the length of the main tracks – mostly provided with 8 + minutes playing time - are speaking for a rather artistically content, instead to follow a Mainstream-oriented "chorus-bridge-refrain" kind of work. GREIFENKEIL offers once again an amazing sound excursion, which even has the ability to touch a deeper part of your mind. It’s definitively more than a usual Hellectro act has to offer. A video edit of the audio content on the main title "Blood Mystery" accomplishes this album (watch out at Youtube for this act...), while some first live performances of this project have meanwhile occurred.



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