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Artist: Attacks The Darkness (@)
Title: I Am The Gatekeeper
Format: Download Only (MP3 only)
Label: self-released
Distributor: iTunes, Napster, etc...
Rated: *****
This is a California-based Electronica/Experimental solo-project by David Inden, who releases under his moniker ATTACKS THE DARKNESS his first full-length album after his predecessor EP entitled "Six Times Seven". David’s music isn’t that sort of an easy-listening Electronica with a calm attitude, it rather integrates multiple fragments out of quite different music styles and it tends to mix this fragments in an at times obscure manner. It is definitely rhythmic oriented, but a quite unusual sonic experience which needs some more spins to find an assessable entrance for the listener. Electronica, Experimental, Ambient and/or Electro/Industrial styles can all be discovered here, but in a quite unusual style. Advantageous is the fact that David don’t likes to explore a one-dimensional path of music, and as the info sheet to this album explains it wisely, "ATTACKS THE DARKNESS attempts to map the ever expanding soundscape that is on repeat in his (David’s) brain." Therefore it is hard to name some favorites, but the gloomy Dark Ambient-tune with the delicious title "There Is A Body In My Freezer And I Don’t Have Any Answers" gets a vote from me. Music for some open-minded Electronica music fans, in some parts compatible with some acts signed Tympanik Audio and/or Hymen. Available via several known online downloading retailers like iTunes, Amazon.com, Napster, etc...

STROM.ec: Divine Legions Beyond Psyche

 Posted by eskaton   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 12 2008
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Artist: STROM.ec (@)
Title: Divine Legions Beyond Psyche
Format: CD
Label: Malignant Records (@)
Rated: *****
There are often two issues that I have with power electronics acts: First, they all begin to sound alike, and second, they tend to deal with things that I am uninterested in, such as the whole "true crime" elements of Slogun and the like. STROM.ec manages to avoid these two pitfalls to create a sound that is quite engaging. The first I heard of STROM.ec was their Neural Architect album, which was good, but then I heard some of the tracks from "The Manual of Diagnosis" (a concept album on surgical lobotomy!) and realized that their sound had evolved considerably. "Divine Legions Beyond Psyche" continues on that trajectory, drawing together harsh noise with ominous atmosphere all with the disembodied samples and harsh distorted vocals that one would expect from power electronics. Evidently, they have been working on this album for seven years and the evolution certainly shows. The opening track, "Helvetin Esikartano," is downright subdued at times, making more use of atmosphere than I expected. Quite nice – kind of reminds me of Karjalan Sissit. The use of quiet atmosphere juxtaposed with shouted, warbling, distorted vocals and noise elements is a theme that persists throughout this album to great effect. In fact, some of the tracks border on dark ambient at times, such as the first half of "Divine Legions Beyond Psyche Part 1" and much of "Vitaalinen Olomuoto." Overall, if you are looking for power electronics that goes beyond the standard fare, this is definitely one to pick up. This has just the right blend of noise, ambience, and yelling. Comes in a nicely illustrated fold out DVD digipak with lyrics, which is good because there is no way you’ll understand them by listening to the album. This disc weighs in at 62 minutes.

Flutwacht: Final Noize

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Sep 12 2008
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Artist: Flutwacht (@)
Title: Final Noize
Format: CD
Label: Final Muzik (@)
Distributor: Final Muzik
Rated: *****
Wow! A brutal slab of industrial-noise here on Fluchtwacht's "Final Noize" on the finest Special Series of Italy's Final Muzik. The first track is called "She's a Wolf" has unbridled moments of rage with the usual Fluchthwacht minimal rhythms. The second is called "Unbekannte Bewegung", a perfect soundtrack for the summer, resembles the controlled chaos of the early Spk's singles, and is obviously my personal favourite here. The album continues alternating noisy tracks and some primordial rhythmic-noise, all in a bad trip mood. I must say that I've been surprised by the improvement of this artist since I've heard his first works. Highly addictive if you're into real industrial.

Proyecto Mirage: Turn It On

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 26 2008
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Artist: Proyecto Mirage (@)
Title: Turn It On
Format: CD
Label: Ant-Zen (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
The female/male Spanish duo of PROYECTO MIRAGE has for made themselves a quiet good names thanks to their highly anticipated releases signed to the German Hands Productions label. Now based on Ant-Zen, Alicia H. Willen and Francisco Planellas present with "Turn It On" a new full-length album, which documents well their music style. No stuff for a "usual" listening experience, they combine Electro-like structures with the harsh aggression of Powernoise acts like SPK, WHITEHOUSE or ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO. Poppy elements combined with noise? Well, that’s a mixture someone has to get used to. As for the Electro-like structures take influences of EBM, Techno or even Electropop with a straight and fast-forward dancefloor-oriented 4/4-ability. But where the listener expects moody and layered sounds, the whole sounds gets totally distorted by the massive Powernoise influence of the band. Therefore mostly the ambience which can be offered in both parts of their genres gets a bit vanished. The flaw on this is the fact, that the songs too often loose interest, thanks to the repetitive hammering bass kick drums. A favorite track can be named with "Salvation" with its rather pounding EBM structure and the male vocals of Francisco, though there’s nothing wrong with female timbre of Alicia. Also thumbs up for the insane-driving speedy "Piano Song", which isn’t piano at all. Sure, a lot of people are digging this act for their try to combine quiet different music styles. Far away from sounding like a classic Electro-album, I’ll miss a bit of the Industrial-ambience in the music, for which Ant-Zen releases are known for.

XOTOX: In den zehn Morgen

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 26 2008
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Artist: XOTOX (@)
Title: In den zehn Morgen
Format: CD
Label: ProNoize / Dark Dimensions (@)
Distributor: Broken Silence
Rated: *****
People are often complaining of the repetitive kind and loop-oriented arrangements of that Harsh EBM/rhythmically Powernoise-genre, which often sounds very mechanically and emotionless installed. Also XOTOX isn’t surely free of repetition, but we are talking here on one of the initiators and leading acts of this genre. Andeas David’s solo-projects can already report of a strong fan-base, which has created an own website, www.lichtlos.org , plus he also got recently added to the new booking agency Protain, www.protain.de. A lot of good things and actions around this act and it fits, that the US-based label Vendetta-Music has recently released a special North-America-based "Best of..." album entitled "Hyperactive". Since it has become difficult to pick up all previous releases, such a collection does make sense. But later more on this Vendetta-compilation, back on track with this new studio album. "In den zehn Morgen" deals with an overwhelming conceptually impact, and this fact is more than most of his related acts are able to offer. It is the decay of life and time, which got also nice complimented by the artwork, done by Joao Diogo. Musically of course, this album offers a lot of the expected formula with some marching Powernoise tunes ("Ewig", "Grob Fahrlässig"), but it also takes here and there some breaks or surprises with some guest contributions. Already the starter "Verlust" offers unexpected ambience and chill-out moments, but even more worth to mention is the track "Habitat" with its KLINIK/DIVE-like instruments and a female vocal performance by the London-based Lahannya. Quite different and rather more leading into the Harsh-EBM genre is the mutual track "Keine Ruhe vor dem Sturm", which features Thomas Rainer of NACHTMAHR. Also included as a bonus track is a remix provided by the STEINKIND-musician Philipp Jackowski on "Verlust" – rather straight-forward oriented, but the more subtle original has my preference. This new and latest studio album of Andreas Davids can be surely seen as being his best and most experienced work so far. It also shows different musically directions, which finally offers the needed diversity. Recommended.


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