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Xotox: Hyperactive

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 03 2008
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Artist: Xotox (@)
Title: Hyperactive
Format: CD
Label: Vendetta Music (@)
Distributor: KGD Media
Rated: *****
After having stopped all business relations with their own sub-division E.A.R. and the rather old-school EBM-like music orientation, the Denver-based label Vendetta-Music nowadays concentrates to offer the still up-to-date Hard-Tech/Industrial/rhythmically Powernoise formula. For this they could arrange a fine license deal with the German Dark Dimensions label group and are now able to offer a sort of "Best of"-album providing by one of the leaders of this genre, the German one-man project XOTOX. Exclusively licensed for the North-American market, "Hyperactive" offers 17 tracks, which compiles the most important tracks and club hits of Andreas David taken from his long out-of-print albums like "Die Unruhe" or "PSI". World-wide renowned club smasher tracks like "Eisenkiller", "Mechanische Unruhe", "Nasse Wände", "Industrial Madness" or "Winterblut" are featured here and should be able to appeal all fans in America. Important to mention is also the fact, that this album offers two unreleased tracks named "Offizium" and "Degeneration", which makes this release quite attractive also for the European die-hard fans to invest some extra bugs for an import. Also featured is a remix by NOISUF-X on "Lass Mich" with some speeding Techno-bass lines. As expected for this compilation, this one features the typically Harsh-Industrial-Tech oriented side of Andreas, the kind which finally brought him success and attention. But you won’t find any hints of the rather subtle elements taken from his last studio album "In Den Zehn Morgen", which of course remains Andreas’ best and most valuable work so far. However, "Hyperactive" offers a satisfying overview on all important tracks of XOTOX, while you shouldn’t at all miss the last album too.

C/A/T: The Great Crisis

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 03 2008
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Artist: C/A/T (@)
Title: The Great Crisis
Format: CD EP
Label: Crunch Pod Media (@)
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
This new C/A/T-EP release has been announced earlier this year as being the debut of Ben Arp’s new side-project 51X, but at least this one comes out under the C/A/T moniker. If this has been done out of financially reasons doesn’t really matter, but since this one has been originally announced as a side-project, it may offers a slight different musically outfit. Indeed, although this EP comes out straight and 4/4-oriented, it still offers so much more elements, effects and samples in the arrangements to keep the music more fresh and interesting compared to several colleagues. This EP consists of 4 new instrumental tunes from which each is available in 2 different versions, but they can hardly be recognized as being the same tracks. This stuff is pretty much dedicated to C/A/T-fans of the earlier days, the music reminds on the instrumental, but harder minded moments of "AFT" for example. There’s too an additional track aptly entitled "End Of Recording", which only works as a short interruption to the unlisted 10th track "The Of The Great Crisis". There seems to be a constant concept behind this release, since an extra website (www.wearestillalive.com) and a hidden link printed on a card got included. Following this pass-worded link you’re reaching a secret area, where you are able to download 4 additional tracks of an online-only EP "At Peace" in a high mp3-quality and/or loss-less FLAC format. So this is the first part of an ongoing conceptual release, but the second, a new full length-album, seems to be in preparation too. The stuff featured on this EP is well-done enough to keep the curiosity high, how and in which C/A/T likes to continue.

Pneumatic Detach: [Ko-mor-bid]

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Oct 08 2008
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Artist: Pneumatic Detach (@)
Title: [Ko-mor-bid]
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
This is another US-based act which has already reached a kind of cult status, playing since years successful in the rhythmically Powernoise-genre. I guess there’s no need to introduce Justin Brink of PNEUMATIC DETACH more detailed, his sold-out and totally out-of-print releases for Hive Records speak for him and his talent. And since Tympanik Audio has announced the sensational signing of this act months before, I was curious, how Justin would like to continue. His latest discovered audio results with his friend in crime, the Rock n’ Roll Supergod IT-CLINGS, king of the Jews, on their mutual project ICVSPD (see our interview with IT-CLINGS somewhere else here...), got a bit shadowed under the hefty lyrical content of the word-core artist, so everything on "[Ko-mor-bid]" starts at zero. Somehow, this is Powernoise, but in a different manner someone might has expected. Justin doesn’t seem to have an interest to fall into the creation of static and louder-than-hell noise walls, and also his music doesn’t cover the too often heard "distorted-Techno-kick-4/4-on-the-floor" kind. Justin rather more concentrates to banish several snare drums, clicks, scratches, hi-Q’s and percussion elements into one track. Multi-layered arrangements means for PD a multiple hammering percussion experience. This sound outfit gets normally accomplished with an Industrial-related ambience provided by some effected and manipulated synth drones – to me "Down In The Earth", "Moment Already Gone" or "The Turning" are outstanding for this. And if some of the tracks ("Slow Chatter", "Grinderscraper", "Dischordant Live Mix") offer for a short moment a tendency to some dancefloor-compatibility, you can be assured, that Justin breaks down in the very next moment the complete song structure, just to try out something different. Also featured is another friendship-track with IT-CLINGS entitled "A Helpful Bit Of Advice", which of course picks up the path already provided with the above mentioned mutual release. At least I wouldn’t go that far to call this album a milestone for this genre - but it is definitely a little pearl – and a must-have buy for you!
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Artist: Worms Of The Earth
Title: The Angels Of Prostitution
Format: CD
Label: Bugs Crawling Out Of People (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Good work finally pays of and it warms my heart, that there’s somebody out there, who gets rewarded with a deal to record a first debut album and to release it via the Canadian Experimental/Noise-label Bugs Crawling Out Of People. WORMS OF THE EARTH alias Dan Barrett works in multiple fields of the Electro/Industrial/Noise genres, be it with the issuing of an online magazine with the same name, or be it with the compiling of some download-able compilations, which can provide here and there some better known names. If somebody out there deserves a bit more attention and exposure, then Dan is the one for all of his efforts for and around the scene. This official debut album of WOTE offers a diverse mixture of styles, mostly and started with rhythmically Powernoise ("The Whore", "Famine Wears The Mask Of Prosperity"), but you’ll get also some calmer, more Electro-minded works too ("Dew Falling Over The Garden"). Generally the music of WOTE isn’t at all the new invention of the bulb, but this album comes out quite respectable. Several collaborations are presented on this album, too. We have at first a new word-core assault by the omnipresent Rock n’ Roll Supergod IT-CLINGS, king of the Jews, with the typical title "Big Fucking Titties Or A Fuckable Mouth (Of The Succubus)". Some remix contributions mostly done on the track "Whore" turning some parts of this album near to the Harsh EBM/Hellectro genre, no wonder, if names like the new NoiTekk-act DYM, DEAD MANS HILL, EMBODI, VICIOUS ALLIANCE or TO MEGA THERION have laid their filthy hands on the WOTE originals. An interesting and generally convincing debut for sure, while WOTE can’t bring up anything new to the genre. Please note that the first 50 copies of this album will be accomplished with a special bonus CD, which features 4 additional tracks, plus 5 remix contributions. Try to get it!

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Artist: Flint Glass (@)
Title: Circumsounds
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
French act FLINT GLASS releases a remix collection, which quite follows the idea of the past DISHARMONY album, both now out at Tympanik Audio. Also Gwenn Tremorin’s solo project has done through the years several remix works for foreign bands, from which a few remixes got released, while a few others have been collected dust buried in some archives. Therefore this is a highly recommended initiative to collect all of those remix works for a new FLINT GLASS album. And similar with DISHARMONY – there can’t be doubts on the music quality, since all music and re-programmings got done by FLINT GLASS. As expected, Gwenn offers his full-scale high quality Electronica music, which often integrates elements out of Dark Electro, Ambient, Industrial and Powernoise genres. Always complimented with the needed doze of intelligence behind the tasteful arrangements, FLINT GLASS offers a 72 minutes + assault filled with mystic soundscapes in a very unique outfit. You’ll get new interpretations of tracks of among others POLYGON, PROSPERO, H.I.V.+, OTX, the already mentioned DISHARMONY, EMPUSAE or SUICIDE INSIDE. It is hard to pick out a special favorite, since this would follow some personal preferences, but the remix on THERMIDOR’s "Plenum Aquae" with its layered synth ambience is sort of an outstanding work. "Circumsounds" is nothing else than a pure audio enjoyment, which allows the listener to sink into the deepest sound layers. A high recommendation to purchase it, while European-based listeners will be able to pick up this album via Gwenn’s own label Brume Records, which takes care on the availability. A must-have item!



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