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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: New World Order
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Thonar Records (@)
Distributor: Mono Culture
Rated: *****
First official CD release for this new German label, which got invented by the responsible people behind Klangdynamik Records, a label pretty much dedicated to quality EBM/Electro/Industrial music. But the direction for Thonar is quite different and likes to take the listener into more Experimental-minded music styles like Ambient, Power Electronics, Military or Martial efforts. This "New World Order" comes out as a limited DCD set well packaged in a digi-pack and a decent look. It features several acts, some more, but also many lesser known acts which all provide previously unreleased music. CD1 is definitely the rather calm one out of both and the thinks start with two impressive Dark Ambient tunes provided by THE SOUND OF EARTH and the Ulm-based solo project FALSE MIRROR, which has recently brought out a new CD signed to Thonar Records. Maya Nadir convinces with a sweet vocal performance, a rarity in the above mentioned styles. Things turn into Neo-Folk/Neo-Classic with A CHALLENGE OF HONOUR and the musically best piece here provided by NEBELKORONA. MY ASPHYXIA show a mixture between Dark Electro and Military, also satisfying comes out the Dark Ambient drone of THE ALISON PROJECT. Pretty diverse collection so far, but CD starts like an earthquake with the right doze of Power Noise/Electronics to shock your neighborhood. Names like INSTITUTION D.O.L., FLUTWACHT, NOISEWERRRRK, ATROX, KREUZER or SKM-ETR are all offering a more less merciless sort of noise interferences with radically frequency manipulations. Since most of these acts presenting themselves relatively radical, it shouldn’t wonder you, that most of their releases are mostly hard-to-get-items and all of them can count on a strong fan base. For the second part of this second CD the things cool down, again nearer to some Ambient/Electronica tunes of ATOMTRAKT or SKY BURIAL, to name the most outstanding works here. Completely seen this compilation offers a great diversity and should work well to recruit several newbies to this mostly hard-to-discover, but also intellectual-oriented parts of these Experimental genres. A release which still offers Thonar to continue with several different styles.

Tracklist:

CD 1

01. The Sounds Of Earth - Viral Expression
02. False Mirror - Inner Sargasso
03. Maya Nadir - Fingertip Trip
04. Moon - Kyle Of Lockalsh
05. Thomas Nöla et son Orchestre - John Singleton Copley
06. Tonal Y Nagual - Nimnon Soleil
07. A Challenge Of Honour - Mother Earth
08. Nebelkorona - Auf Flügeln des Windes
09. My Asphyxia - Todesstrafe
10. Galaxia Obscura - Demolition Ideals
11. Phragments - Towards A New Horizon
12. The Alison Project - After The Cut


CD 2

01. Institution D.O.L. - Just Cause
02. Flutwacht - New Law
03. Noisewerrrrk - Dystopia
04. Izanami's Labour Pains - Yasukuni Jinja Shall Burn
05. SKM-ETR - Spreading The Disease
06. Invisible Front - 50°18'48.16N - 18°41'20.09E
07. Atrox - The Giants Buddhas Of Bamiyan
08. Kreuzer - Faith, Death And Aggression
09. Brachial Palsy - Accidental Error
10. Atomtrakt - Im Schein des Untergangs
11. Sky Burial - Last Breaths Of A Dying God
12. Camisole - Bonechamber V1
13. Erik Ursich – Sospeso

Grabstein: Wargasm

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Jan 10 2008
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Artist: Grabstein (@)
Title: Wargasm
Format: CD
Label: SkullLine (@)
Distributor: SkullLine
Rated: *****
Another new collaboration for the German SkullLine label, this time with a one-man act out of Switzerland. GRABSTEIN offers Experimental/Ambient driven soundscapes which are complimented with dozens of voice samples taken out of different scenarios which happened during World War II. Especially in the German-speaking countries it seems to be still a shame to talk, to sing or to play with themes and signs out of the darkest years of the 19th millenium. However, GRABSTEIN strictly explains not to follow any particular political tendency, he just like to portray those things, while it all shouldn’t be forgotten. The use of Hitler-samples (track "III" for instance...) and related stuff still touches and polarizes several people, although these things happened more than 60 years before. Since the music here can’t be called tracks, maybe rather more different extract, the artist has decided to name his pieces simply from "I" to "X". The extract No. "IX" is a remix work done by the Japanese Cyberpunk-artist Kenji Siratori (...soon more about him...) and to me the best work. It took a while until I recognized on which track he has worked, the original seems to be track "III". A second bonus remix "X" got provided by Natja K. As usual for a SkullLine release, this one comes out strictly limited to 50 exemplars and specially packaged, so you’ll have to act ASAP to purchase it.

Barodarho: Triumvirāts

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jan 07 2008
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Artist: Barodarho
Title: Triumvirāts
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Distributor: COP International
Rated: *****
Well, my talent in Latvian language is unfortunately unavailable. But since this new album of this Electro/Powernoise-act seems to deal thematically with some works and slogans of the most inspirational poets of Latvia, Eduards Veidenbaums (1867 – 1892), I would likewise to know more about the content and meaning behind it. Musically however, BARODARHO are walking on a harder and aggressive way. It sounds a bit like an Electro/Industrial jam-session between BORGHESIA and THE PAIN MACHINERY with several analogue-tuned synths and rough metallic percussive elements. It’s not at all a forward-moving EBM-like attitude, the raw sound of BARODARHO tries always to integrate clanging frequencies asides the 4/4-on-the-floor path. This unusual sound gets complimented by a drastically male vocal performance, which surprisingly is that strong and powerful, that it don’t need to get manipulated by some distortion effects. The harshest works nearly drifting completely into the Power-Electronics genre like "Bez bailem, bez naida" and the bass-kick-on-speed-track "Zobratu paaudze" get my vote for being the most outstanding tracks in a quite interesting and not-heard-before Electro/Industrial-album. Not to forget the fact, that BARODARHO can also offer some slower and ominous sounding tunes, the track "Uz galu" has to be named. A video clip to the opening track "Pec goda, pec varas..." accomplishes this multimedia CD, which comes out decent and unique. Quite interesting new album of this act – you’ll have only to invest some patience until it grows completely on you.

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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Electro Arc Compilation Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: Electro Arc (@)
Distributor: Nur Medien GmbH
Rated: *****
Third chapter of this Germany-based compilation series again compiled by Intrendent and ready to save a decent X-mas celebration. There’s one problem I’ve got with this comp, because it features my own music project with an appearance. I of course can’t review my own music efforts and it should be understandable if I leave a mantle of silence on it. However, it is also my "job" to write a review on this release and I hope that all of the featured artists have a sense of support for this. As usual for the "Electro-Arc" series, this third volume comes out musically quite diverse by discovering several styles and tendencies. It once again concentrates to collect only a few better known artists and several underground acts. The UK-based ATTRITION are sort of veterans and active since more than 20 years. Their track is a straight Tech-Dance piece accomplished with several voice samples. Also the Belgian-based project IC 434 aka Geert De Wilde is one of the better known and rather old-school EBM-like acts here. He offers with a Re-Take of the track "Ferghana" a first new audio sign of life, which will hopefully soon continue with a new full-length album. Oh, and Belgium has to be named here, because this compilation got compiled with the intention to collect the most appearances hailing out of this small European country – maybe to check and see, what the heirs of legends like FRONT 242, SIGNAL AOUT 42, NEON JUDGEMENT and others are capable to offer. I don’t know from where TRANSTECH are hailing, however, their track is another straight and danceable tune with some decent vocoder effects. DHARMATA 101 then stands for the international guests, because they are hailing out of the United States. Stylistically they’re sitting in between the chairs be offering a mixture out of Industrial, Electronica and Goth-elements. Their track "Outline (Of My Shadow)" is a quite good composition featuring a fair amount of acoustic guitars, Metal-guitar riffs and decent Electronic textures, while the natural sounding vocals need some more spins to earn acceptance. DEVOTED SYMBOLS then switch back to harder EBM a bit comparable with some up-to-date productions of SUICIDE COMMANDO. Also RECON are pretty much dedicated to EBM, but rather in a minimal style, while the vocals – as simple as the lyrics are – reminding hard on Claus Kruse of the German act PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE. It follows with HYBRIDS (Daft Records, ant-zen) another better known act by offering a live recording, which turns this comp into a more experimental field. The best appearance got provided by the German duo NORDSCHLACHT, which we had recently presented with the release of their highly recommended debut "Silence, Beauty And Cruelty" (Klangdynamik Records). "Facts" is multi-layered Dark Electro in perfect conditions, danceable, but still with the sense to offer opulent synth pads. Another good thing on this track – it isn’t available on their debut! SOLANACEAE TAU then offers a Goth-inspired work with mighty guitars and a female vocal performance, while BODY POLITICS offer a metallic live old-school EBM performance. Both last appearances on this comp got provided by the Belgian musician Peter Bonne with his both projects LINEAR MOVEMENTS and TWILIGHT RITUAL, which is again an excursion into some 80-like Italo-Pop/Wave-music culture. I may was expecting a more detailed presentation on some up and coming talents of the Belgian EBM-scene – in case there is one – where the fuck are IONIC VISION or DARKMEN for example? However, this compilation collects a lot of new talents and some older heroes as well, while the predecessor rather Dark Electro-inspired volume 2 of this series is still the favorite.

1. Attrition – The head of Gabriel (Pablo sonic terrorist mix)
2. Synaptic Defect – Devouring Hate (Electro d'Arc Mix)
3. IC 434 – Ferghana (Re-Take)
4. Transtech – Satellite
5. dharmata 101 – Outline (Of My Shadows)
6. Devoted Symbols – Hush
7. Recon – Rise of the dead
8. Hybryds – Babel (Live Paris)
9. Nostromo 7 – Longing
10. Nordschlacht – Facts
11. Solanaceae Tau – Riots lullaby
12. Body Politics – Lust (Live)
13. Linear Movement – To Another Soul
14. Twilight Ritual – Delay

Twinkle: Le Jouet

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 02 2007
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Artist: Twinkle (@)
Title: Le Jouet
Format: CD
Label: ant-zen / Audiotraum (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Wanna play with toys? Well, the French of TWINKLE want, better said, they’ve done in past to get the right mood for their first full-length CD, and second release at all. Being normally signed to Audiotrauma-label, where they already released an EP entitled "Processing Industry" in 2K5, this full-length album comes out as a collaborative effort with the German giant Ant-Zen. Consisting of Yves Cornu and J.-B. Leduc, they offer us a unique blend between rhythmically Powernoise, Tribal-elements and a fine nose for Experimental structures. It isn’t at all a harsh and aggressive noisy output, it rather plays between the genre boundaries in a varied kind. The more than 8 minutes long "Ton Style" is a perfect example to discover some content of the TWINKLE universe. A manipulated music-box melody got repeated and infiltrated with dozens of strange percussion elements and varies the speed. "Joue Avec Moi" is a collaboration effort with the Audiotrauma-comrades CHRYSALIDE and maybe the most Powernoise-like track here which features a rough vocal performance. "L’envers De La Vague" sounds like a dedication to the works of Dirk Ivens a.k.a. DIVE. Check also the strange sample collage "Le Joueur" to find your most favorite toy. While most of the provided stuff comes out rhythmically arranged and likes to animate you to dance, I recommend to check out this album under a pair of headphones. There’s a lot of intelligent and never heard before stuff available here which needs your full attention.


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