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Exocet: Violation

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 25 2008
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Artist: Exocet
Title: Violation
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
A newbie for Ant-Zen, but behind EXOCET stands with Rene Klimaczewski somebody, who has made himself already a good name with some collaborations (ARCHITECT, CONVERTER) and remixes (DISPLACER). The album "Violation" can be seen as Rene’s first audio outfit, but it mainly extracts its inspiration out of the twisted mind of the New York based US-citizen and non-musician Dave Kean. Kean has left an impact on Rene with multiple ideas and extra-ordinary creative urges. This album therefore reflects different sights on Electronica/IDM, Ambient and Powernoise music – the fine and good thing is, that it is capable to deal with all of these styles in a quality kind. Tracks like "South End" with its straight-forward oriented kind are rather the minority. Mostly the EXOCET-tracks can impress through its breaks and interruptions which are mostly filled with moody and thrilling samples ("Retar A Muerte", "Perverso"). As usual for an Ant-Zen release, also this EXOCET release offers rhythmically Powernoise music far above the quality level of the 4/4-hard-tech-on-the-floor EBM acts. But it isn’t the noise factor which wows the listener, it is the high quality uniting of the different styles merged onto this album, which causes and ends into nothing else than applause. One of the highlights of Ant-Zen in this year – a must-have album.

BIT PIXEL: The All Clear

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 16 2008
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Artist: BIT PIXEL
Title: The All Clear
Format: CD
Label: A-Frame Media (@)
Rated: *****
THE ALL CLEAR is the first release by Bit Pixel but his story started twenty years ago when he tried to get his music released with no success. It's thanks to Wayne at Lucky Pierre (he's the one who's co-producing this CD-r) that we have the chance to listen to Bit Pixel music, because he discovered at his mum's house some tapes he got that were coming from what it was believed to be a bin outside Mute Records. It took to Wayne some time before he was able to track down Bit Pixel. He was working in a biscuit factory when Wayne asked him to record some tracks and at this purpose he bought him a new laptop and some new software. It took some time but we finally have the chance to listen to what could have been. THE ALL CLEAR is a good synthpop album with an 80's flavor but it isn't too much retro as well as it isn't sounding like cheesy pop. To me Bit Pixel music is comparable to what A Flock Of Seagulls produced: good songs with nice melodies, a bit of melancholy, some slow ballads and bouncing songs. Of the lot I really liked the darker tracks "Trigger happy" and "To the shelter" or the mid tempo "Summer tide". Check some of them at the Bit Pixel website.
Aug 14 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: IFS5 Lenny Dee presents COLD FUSION
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Industrial Strength Records (@)
Distributor: Soundbase
Rated: *****
This DCD collection got compiled by the international renowned DJ Lenny Dee and released on his very own Industrial Strength Records, the first Hardcore Techno label active since 1991. "Cold Fusion" comes out in beautiful digi-pack and offers a cross-section of multiple Techno-Hardcore and Gabber tracks to prove, that the musically boundaries to the too often praised EBM/Industrial/Powernoise genre is floating. With acts like TERRORFAKT, here presented with 2 appearances ("Achtung" – CERVELLO ELLETRONICO Remix and "Headcase" – Floppy Disk Remix), this prove is an easy game. Some more appearances can convince in a comparable style, THE SPEED FREAK, the ultra-speedy, pseudo-aggressive and with Metal-guitars supported MOSHPIT, the saturated CUT A KAOS or KONEY. Of course this music has to be consumed louder as hell and won’t let you chill out, it is stuff to storm the dancefloors for some wild Pogo action. This reminds a lot on the successful but too repetitive "Terrordome" compilation series, even if some of the here featured pieces have a somewhat more harsh and distorted outfit. No stuff at all to sink in and to listen to in an armchair, but a new pounding torture for the dedicated fan of the genre. To me consumable in small dozes, but as a whole a bit too strenuous.

Track listing:

CD 1:

01. LENNY DEE - EXTREME MASH (the intro)
02. DJ EARTHQUAKE - STEP INTO THE PIT
03. THE EMPERATOR & CHROMATIC - MENTAL FEAR
04. FIEND & BROKEN RULES - SHARPER IMAGE
05. CUT A KAOS - DEDICATED TO...
06. TERRORFACT - ACHTUNG (Cervello Elettronico remix)
07. STAN GREWZELL ELECDAS GRAUEN
08. TERRORFACT - HEADCASE (FLOPPY DISC REMIX)
09. KONEY UNREGISTERED
10. DAISY & STORMTROOPER - MINDWALKERS
11. MOLECULEZ - LEGALLY INSANE
12. FORSAKEN IS DEAD & CIK - WHERE U AT
13. TYMON - PASSING BY
14. MANGA CORPS - THE HUNTER
15. BROKEN RULES - NORMAL OPERATION
16. GERMAN RHYTHM DISASTER - THE END

CD 2:

01. THE SPEED FREAK - GIVE ME A CALL
02. LIFE:::RUNS:::RED MEETS TYMON - DISTORTURE
03. TYMON - GUCCI
04. STORMTROOPER - TODESVOGEL
05. OPHIDIAN & TIEUM - NOTHING I CAN’T HANDLE
06. LENNY DEE - THE DREAMER (promo remix)
07. DELTA 9 - NO MORE REGRETS (inyoung & static remix)
08. FIEND & BROKEN RULES vs LENNY DEE - BREAK YA HEAD
09. TIEUM & LENNY DEE - I DON’T LIKE YOU (neophyte & evil activities remix)
10. PARTYRAISER & THE NEGOTIATOR- NO NEGOTIATIONS
11. JAPPO & LANCINHOUSE- EXLXAXL (NEOPHYTE & EVIL ACTIVITIES REMIX)
12. DJ SKINHEAD - THE ULTIMATE CUMSHOT
13. AKIRA - RIPPIN FXXKIN STRENGTH
14. ISR CREW - SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR LENNY
15. MOSHPIT - EYESORE
16. RIFF GLITCHARD - INSTANT MASH
17. MOSHPIT - WE KILLED JAH

Aug 07 2008
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Artist: Genocide Lolita
Title: Direkt Aktion Kommandos
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
I should admit in advance that the above used link to contact this US one-man-act leads you directly to the brainchild of GENOCIDE LOLITA, Justin O. I couldn’t resist to watch and search a bit at MySpace after this act, since the given contact information I received from SkullLine, the responsible label for this release, led me to a deleted MySpace account. Currently there isn’t any real artist profile available of this act, as Justin slated it on his profile: "I have about 12 musical projects at the moment and none of them have a profile at present because they are a little too adult and truthful for this preschool oriented community." Well, but another truth can be the fact, that the rough politically-driven onslaught of this act pisses mighty against Tom’s wooden leg. Maybe this all has ended before too often in deleted accounts, until Justin got fed up with the procedure to create new accounts as often as possible. The music of GENOCIDE LOLITA can be described as a Lo-fi version of rough Power-Electronics infiltrated with uncountable samples taken out of news flash reports, sirens, trailers, and so on. All efforts are based and intended to add a quite questionable politically influence to GENOCIDE LOLITA. I think that Justin has become to a somewhat public enemy, also some of his racist-inspired ideas to "organize a new separate nation for white people called Vinland" won’t do any good. But back on track since I have to review his music instead asking for his politically correctness. The globally music outfit is quite disturbing, it’s harsh, but only at times rhythmically oriented. Sample by sample got overdriven, repeated and delayed to provide a very own form of Powernoise. A bit more clearance in the production and also on the raw screamed vocals would may do any better. I would suggest to check this stuff out in advance, as there will be hopefully some tunes online available in a "more parental" community. 9 tracks are featured using some self-describing titles like "Guantanamo Bay – Camp X-Ray", "Sharp Shooters" or "Are We Artists Posing As Terrorists Or Are We Terrorists Posing As Artists?" on this limited item, as usual you’ve to hurry up to contact the German SkullLine label, in case you’re interested.
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Artist: Argentum
Title: A New Rome Is Coming
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
A new addition to the growing roster of Germany’s SkullLine label, the mail order specialist for rarities out of all experimental fields of electronic music. As the chosen band name may announces it, ARGENTUM are hailing out of Argentina and offer a 14 track long debut, which can surprise with its musically direction. The first 7 tracks are based into a form of Neo-Classic music. Organic strings, pianos, a drum set with a rotating march snare drum are the ingredients, but this all ranges between melodic and bombastic. Very nice work, the interested listener based into this kind of music will appreciate this efforts. The surprise then starts with track 8, "The South Emerge", where ARGENTUM are switching their musically outfit completely into Power-Electronics and rhythmically Noise. The title track also features an ominous vocal performance which lyrically refers on the expected rough things to come. It’s interesting to see and hear, that this act is capable to deal with these both totally different musically directions. This counts also for the Power-Electronics part on this album, which is far away from the too often heard "distort-that-Techno-bass-kick-attitude". Limited to only 100 pieces and once again in a special packaging, I recommend to check the availability at SkullLine. A goody to be picked up.


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