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Pale Obsession: Made of Glass

 Posted by Cristina Zuazua (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Nov 22 2011
Artist: Pale Obsession (@)
Title: Made of Glass
Format: CD
Label: Unsigned
Rated: *****
Beautifully mastered and well produced, Pale Obsession's collaboration with industry icon Stephan Helleblad and Brian Gardener on their newest album, 'Made of Glass,' is a labor of love that was years in the making for the Luxemburg-based group. On the airwaves since 2006, the raw vocals and fast-paced instrumentals gives the industrial sound a great deal of energy.

The album has a well-balanced mix of aggressive, yet melancholy tracks; 'My end is coming,' 'Kiss the sky,' and 'Tomorrow must be more,' make one wish they were hearing them live, to see as well as hear the band's energy, while 'War (Instrumental),' shows what Pale Obsession (and especially Christian Krier on the keyboards) can do with a more complex melody. While the lyrics tend towards the predictable, the strength of the composition more than makes up for it - so If you're looking for a some solid club tracks to sing and stomp to, this can help you do both.

NEUROBASH: Stereotype

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 11 2011
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Title: Stereotype
Format: CD
Label: Tigon Media
Rated: *****
Formed by Johan Andersson and Per Nordahl, Neurobash are releasing their first album on digital format on Tigon Media. STEREOTYPE contains eleven tracks which are in balance from e.b.m. and synthpop. Mixing harsh sounds with melody and hard beats, the duo could be compared to Covenant. Even if their sound has a strong rhythm relevance, I think that Neurobash, besides the 4/4 beat, have more to offer. Check "Lovekiller", for example, it has a blend of soft atmospheres and melancholic melodies with a background of a fat bass line. We have good synth e.b.m. tunes based on pad sounds and light distortions like "The Future Is Bright They Say", "Inner Conflicts", "Prototype" or "Self-Destruct Mode" and songs which can remember a bit Depeche Mode, like "Out Of Time". The album has a strong sound and the band have also interesting videos directed by their label mate Daniel Brandt. You can check them on their website.

Mona Mur & En Esch: Do With Me What You Want

 Posted by Andrea Piran (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 02 2011
Artist: Mona Mur & En Esch
Title: Do With Me What You Want
Format: CD
Label: Artoffact Records (@)
Rated: *****
This album is the follow-up of last year's "120 Tage: The Fine Art of Beauty and Violence" and, again, they present a rock album carefully produced upon the Mona Mur's vocals.
The opening track, "Touch", is a relatively slow track where the producing quality of the arrangement covers the classical musical structure with an handful of modernity. "Eskalt" recall the past experiences of this duo with the use of electronics and danceable beats. These tunes features also the voice of En Esch as it becomes clear that the vocals are not an almost exclusive of Mona Mur as in the previous release. "My life" is based on a catchy beat and would probably be a choice for alternative dj, maybe in some remix version. Listening to "Le Weltanschauung" after "Justice" is almost strange as it takes the impression that the musical direction is undecided between the almost industrial metal influence and the search for dancehall. "New Order" is an interlude for the last more experimental tracks "Part Again" and "Do Widzenia" where they try to use some strange sounds to colorize this ballads.
As their previous release, this is the production of two solid producers able to use their skills to give a fine form to a relatively pop and accessible musical output. It would probably end in any playlist of the year but it will be in most dj set and radio playlist because is the result of a long and careful work.

ENDE SHNEAFLIET: Synthimental Love Songs

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Oct 30 2011
Title: Synthimental Love Songs
Format: 12"
Label: Trumpett (@)
Rated: *****
Do you remember the double vinyl compilation released by Enfant Terrible back in 2006, well, initially that was intended to be a three records compilation instead of a double. At the end eleven tracks didn't make it and Trumpett released them on CDr later. This new compilation that Trumpett is releasing on early November and titled SYNTHIMENTAL LOVE SONGS, gathers seven tracks unreleased on vinyl plus "Twistin' On The Tombstones", "Air Zaire" and "Voices Of The Dead" have been alreay released on "Trumpett Sounds" and "Trumpett Days" compilations while "Symphoy Romant (J. Tesla Schnitt)" is a previously unpublished edit of the full lenght version that featured on the rare and mythical Reminiscent boxset. The compilation opens with "My Mother Sells Tupperware", a great pulsating minimal wave track based on monophonic waves, tiny melodies and a deep bass line. "Panzerfaust 60m", sounds mysterious and cinematic thanks to effected drum machine beats and synth throbbing sweeps. "Poison" is an early industrial wave gem with dissonant melodies and cold vocals. "Lauda Und Reutemann" sounds nostalgic but it has pulsating bass sounds and robotic beats. "Symphoy Romant (J. Tesla Schnitt)" to me is a band's classic as it has a melody that will stick in your head, experimental atmospheres and cool analog synth sounds. I'd like also to mention "Voices Of The Dead (Snap Schnitt)", a dark track with distant distorted vocals, slow beats, sonar sounds and a damn cool cold atmosphere. This reissue is limited to 320 copies, so be fast!

Noisy Pig: Impopsible

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 28 2011
Artist: Noisy Pig (@)
Title: Impopsible
Format: CD
Label: Cochon Records
Distributor: Cargo
Rated: *****
Neither a parody of Christina Aguilera's "Impossible" nor a reprise of Figurine's IM-possible (even if some sonorities are close to that nice act from Berlin music scene), Impopsible could be considered as the official nomination by the Berlin base music performer Bernardo Santarelli aka Noisy Pig as head minstrel of the electro-pop to come. You could argue the inappropriate choice if you're asking yourself the reason why this lad decided to name himself referring to a pig instead of a rabbit (obviously a white and neurotic one), the famous character from Carroll's novel Alice In Wonderland you could immediately associate Bernardo's dressing up in the nice videoclip for the song "The Queen Of Hearts" you can find in the physical issue of this release, or a cat, the animal whose whore-mongering attitude could be easily associated to electro pop musicians beyond its reference in the track "Copy Cat". Well, I have no idea about the reason of such a choice; maybe it's 'cause you don't trash any part of the pig or maybe 'cause a white rabbit could be replaced by a noisy pig in Wonderland in the near future as rabbit's sexual incredible activity is somewhat piggy! What is important to us is the way this pig makes noise by combining electronic buzzes and refrains to playful melodies, twisted lyrics, toy sounds and catchy tunes, so that his sound looks like hooking a certain electro-punk attitude with that kind of unruly carefreeness some nostalgic listeners could have recognized in generational anthems such as The Cure's "Close To Me". A more hebephrenic touch has been added in the pretty Marklion (ex Dat Politics' founding member Vincent T) remix of The Queen of Hearts, whereas the computational nursery rhymes by Noisy Pig are imbued with a more trancey sauce, just like the final track of this EP, entitled "Noisy For Ever", whose childplay-like dress could cram your oneiric production with smiling killer teddy bears!

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