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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sturmer III
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
This is a Latvian Industrial compilation brought and released by the leading Industrial/Powernoise label Sturm. Numbered under Sturmmandat 11, this release features a lot of never-heard-before-of acts and names mostly provided hard pounding Dark EBM, rhythmically Powernoise, up to IDM-inspired tunes and Experimental cuts. A hand-made and folded paper package with a screw holding the disk makes sure to hold a limited item in your hands. Strictly separated into an "Upsturm" (rhythmically) and a "Downsturm" (static, experimental) this comp starts rhythmically after an intro piece with the duo of MARCHWITZA. We’ve already discovered them, presenting here one of their best works with "Big Cojones". Also ROSEWATER, maybe the best known act of Latvia, make a valuable Dark Electro/Powernoise appearance with "Unbroken". Thinks are getting more and more noisy and martial, BIOS and STROPS can offer some valuable rhythmically Powernoise tracks and can be called favorites. With the "Downsturm" section the pounding rhythm parts are mostly removed and the tracks are turning more and more into some Minimal and Ritual-inspired tunes, some pure chaotic pieces (ANTIREALITY), and also some dramatic Dark Ambient (ANOCODAINE) pieces can be discovered as well. A lot of diversity is given for sure from the Latvian scene, but it mostly turns into a chaotic, martial and very noisy kind. Not designed for some weak nerves for sure. Hard-Pounding-Industrial-Dissonance!

Track list:

1/ 2OT Kas Tur?
--upsturm--
3/ MARCHWITZA Big Cojones
4/ ROSEWATER Unbroken
5/ CYBER PUNK Acid Rampage Running
6/ BIOS Power Z
7/ DEVNOISE Degeneration
8/ STROPS Tetan
9/ KNAUZERS Latvieti Nepadodies!
--downsturm--
11/ BARODARHO Invalids (live)
12/ CLAUSTRUM Zobrati
13/ TRAUR ZOT Komendantstunda
14/ SYNDROME Raumasche
15/ RUDENS LAPAS Kailsals
16/ ANOCODAINE Pain (sturm cut)
17/ ANTIREALITY Harshwave
18/ GAS OF LATVIA Union

W.A.S.T.E.: This Is What We Seek

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 12 2006
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Artist: W.A.S.T.E.
Title: This Is What We Seek
Format: CD
Label: Sistinas (@)
Distributor: Crunch Pod Media
Rated: *****
Also a debut release for this LA-based Powernoise duo, out now on the new label Sistinas. Consisting of Shaun Englefield and Theo Harper this duo offers mostly rhythmically Powerelectronics of the hardest kind. They show no mercy to torment some nerves of the fainthearted through that typically and monotonous track construction filled with the overused dose of distortion, delay, reverb and overdrive effects in all kinds. The music is very tough produced and really reminds on the hardest TERRORFAKT/CONVERTER outputs (...and it’s really seldom that I agree on comparisons done by the label...). The track "Psycho Killer" really turns the overall sound of this act into a wild distortion-massacre, for sure the hardest piece here. This track got also reworked into a more calm and mostly driven by some ominous synth-layers oriented piece. Another remarkable track can be named with "Small Time Pedophile (Gary Glitter Mix)", dedicated to the British 70ties Glam-Rock legend, which offers a lesser amount of uncontrolled distortions. The internationally renowned act MANUFACTURA is also available here with a remix work on the track "Shut Up And Bleed". Some more real compositional efforts on some tracks wouldn’t be wrong for a possible future release simply to offer a wider diversity. Nevertheless W.A.S.T.E. have produced an ultra-violent Powernoise album, which should appeal all fanatics of this genre which look out for a tough alternative to the Ant-Zen/Hands roster.

MARCHWITZA: Have A Hard Day

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: MARCHWITZA (@)
Title: Have A Hard Day
Format: CD
Label: Sturm (@)
Rated: *****
We at the Chain D.L.K. like to say hello and welcome to the Sturm label, which hails from Latvia. Sturm seems to be a hard working label providing harsh and martial music like Powernoise, harsh Electro, Dark Ambient up to Ritual Industrial. Latvia hasn’t so far brought out anything related to that mentioned styles, it seems to be a well place for the cold and rough music and this "Sturmmandat" is already their 14th release at all. MARCHWITZA is a harsh sounding duo simply providing the formula of the label. Of course, to discover some aggressive tunes from this Eastern European country has still a very exotic touch, but MARCHWITZA can provide a well balanced diversity in their style. You shouldn’t expect the best and polished recording quality of a huge studio production – but therefor this is real "underground". "Have A Hard Day" – well, this title sounds already like a warning and so they start with some noisy tunes. It is lesser danceable stuff than the generic harsh EBM/Powernoise style provided from labels like ProNoize for example. Nevertheless they show some real compositional background here and they also provide some harsh, sometimes strange effected vocals. I’ve picked out the fine arranged "Big Cojones" of being the best piece, a real Dark Electro pearl with slight noisy undertones and some excellent filter sweeps. Brachial music between pounding Electro/EBM up to static Powernoise efforts – MARCHWITZA can satisfy on all points here. There’s another new wave hailing from Eastern Europe – Sturm storms the international dancefloors of the dark clubs!

REVOLUTION STATE / NOIZEKATT: s/t

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Nov 03 2006
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Artist: REVOLUTION STATE / NOIZEKATT (@)
Title: s/t
Format: CD
Label: Red Dwarf Studio
Rated: *****
This is the debut split-release of these both talented US-acts, and especially the name REVOLUTION STATE comes back to mind if you take a look on some last releases of VELVET ACID CHRIST. They’ve created two remix works on the last VAC SiCD release "Wound" and made also a contribution on the "Hex Angel" full-length release. Bryan Erickson of VAC has mostly a good taste when he’s looking for some talented contributors – also here with REVOLUTION STATE this works fine. Consisting of Bonnie and Ben P., they do some serious business under the moniker REVOLUTION STATE and offer us here five own compositions woven into the wide field of Electro/EBM/Industrial music. VAC is for sure not only a band in friendship, it is also a possible reference if you look for comparisons. Just delete almost all Trance elements in VAC’s music, add the static vocal performances of Bonnie P next to the rough and high pitched of Ben and you’ll maybe get an idea how this act sounds. The track "Deny" is a stomping monster and could already receive some fine recognition through a well-placed compilation appearance on "Endzeit Bunkertracks Act 2", released by the Belgium Alfa-Matrix label. I have also to tap my hat off for their fine placed synth layers – awesome work on "Profit Produced Pain" and "My Other Heartbeat", two real fine Dark Electro pieces! Things are a bit different with NOIZEKATT. This act, also leaded by the both members, was in a first instance only created to save a planned Industrial/Powernoise party through a live performance. The music of NOIZEKATT is generally more straight and beating, more into the kind of rhythmical EBM/Powernoise and so lesser dark. Not the harshest act of this genre of course, but well arranged and with a real compositional background. If this both projects will remain independent or if they both will grow into one act, which is musically thinkable – who knows this yet? Released under their very own Red Dwarf Studios and so without the help of a renowned label, this is a fine and promising release of currently two new up and coming artist hailing from the USA. Check this out and purchase this fine release.
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Soundwave Assassins Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: Dungeon-Recordings/Backscatter (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
Already the third compilation of this series which predecessors were mostly created for DJ’s, press people and promoters to introduce or to give a deeper insight into the musically activities of the Salt Lake City area. Dungeon-Recordings and Backscatter again collaborated for this release, which will - thanks to the musically content – make a special mark into the history books of Electro/Industrial music. Lets have a look to the featured names – SYMBIONT, LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, LEXINCRYPT, ROSES & EXILE and 23EXSTACY – all this bands have lately quit their business or are in hiatus. The best is yet to come – all of them presenting unreleased stuff, outtakes or their very last recordings. Besides the above mentioned some more well-sounding names are featured here like DIVERJE, PCP, ASSEPTIC ROOM and BOUNDLESS. Of course also these acts present never heard before mixes, tracks and fit therefore well with the intention of this compilation. I can’t find enough praising words of thanks to the both conductors, Kevin J. Cazier and XoN, to open the archives for the greedy ears of the fans hunting for unreleased stuff. After an instrumental intro tune the things start here with the Spanish act ASSEPTIC ROOM, which is signed to the DSBP label. You’ll got a Dark Electro and danceable tune "Faith Without You" in a remix provided by the Argentinian act SUICIDE SOLUTIONS, also an up and coming new act to follow immediately. Follows then Justin Cameron aka LEXINCRYPT who provides with "Purjuress (Face Two)" and "Aftermath (Gutter Slut Mix by L.S.D.)" two unreleased versions of tracks placed on his debut album era "My Sepulture" back in 2003. Tasteful Dark Electro with that special thrilling effect – as usual from this act and I hope that Justin will decide one fine day to continue with his project. Dungeon Recordings’ very own LITTLE SAP DUNGEON have to my surprise still a track in stock taken from their "Silent Entities" recording session. "Nightfall’s Prey" is a typical piece of this act, maybe a bit lesser scary produced than the other tracks placed on "Silent Entities" – this might be an explanation, why this track got removed lastly. DIVERJE are also present and provide us their track "I Walk Alone" originally available on the last studio album "The Distortion Chamber", a collaboration effort between Tommy T. Rapisardi together with the already mentioned Justin Cameron. This track got remixed by the BLC Productions-recording artist THE PAIN MACHINERY from Sweden, turning this piece into a pulsating Powernoise assault. It is lesser danceable, but filled instead with crunchy rhythm patterns of the hardest kind – as usually provided by this act. PERCEPTION CLEANSE PERCEPTION is musically maybe one of the most diverse acts around and Kevin J. Cazier shows us his dedication to the works of GODFLESH by providing a cover on the track "Blind", originally designed for a tribute compilation, which never came to realization. We then have here two new tracks by 23 EXTACY aka Chris Alvarado providing that typical and chaotic Punk-inspired Crossover-Industrial with harsh and destroying guitar performances. Kevin J. Cazier has lately left this project, so also this act is in hiatus. And also ROSES AND EXILE’s – Chris Alvarado’s solo effort - existence is questionable and we have to see what the future brings. Comes the last ever recorded and sorely missed SYMBIONT track "Five Of Cups", which is a rather slow Dark Electro piece with the strong and remarkable melodic input this act is known for. So finally XoN’s solo effort BOUNDLESS sets the last two pieces on this comp both designed for the BOUNDLESS debut release "Perpetual" back in 2003 – to me still one of the most underrated DSBP releases at all. You shouldn’t expect another track of the quality of "Sordid Trouper" or "Unconscious", but both pieces "Infinitus Assuage" and "Repression" nevertheless do well and fit with that album stuff. A lot of valuable stuff to discover as usual on this comp series – let’s hope and keep the fingers crossed that this collection of unreleased stuff doesn’t mark the very last chapter of these quality and promising acts. Check our website here to discover several reviews and interviews with these acts – LITTLE SAP DUNGEON, DIVERJE, SYMBIONT, ASSEPTIC ROOM, PCP, THE PAIN MACHINERY, LEXINCRYPT – they are all here. Keep the machines warm and start your comeback – we need you back on track!


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