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POSITION PARALLELE: Position Parallele

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 05 2008
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Artist: POSITION PARALLELE
Title: Position Parallele
Format: CD
Label: Hau Ruck! (@)
Distributor: Tesco Germany
Rated: *****
Position Parallele is a French duo which see Pierre Pi and Geoffroy D. (of Derniere Volonte) dealing with dark electronic pop tunes. Deeply influenced by 80's electro, Position Parallele on their self titled album propose eight minimalistic songs which mix cold wave atmospheres and electro pop attitude. Most of the tracks have a basic rhythm, a simple bass line and few other synths with Geoffroy singing his French lyrics (which unfortunately I don't understand. Only few things here and there but I can't say what they are about). Try to imagine Soft Cell playing Die Form and you'll have quite well the idea of what you'll find on this great album. At first it sounded strange to me to hear Geoffroy vocal style on electronic tunes because I'm used to hear it on neo-folk music so I allowed me to wait another day to listen to it the second time. The second listening I tried to focus on music without being distracted by a voice I already knew and I have to admit that the tracks are really great and they are able to create cold atmospheres without being too isolationistic. Try "Fortune" or the short "George - Arachnee" and you'll be instantaneously absorbed by a mixture of dark pop and melancholic electro. Try some songs on their Myspace and order your copy!

IN MY ROSARY: 15

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Feb 04 2008
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Artist: IN MY ROSARY (@)
Title: 15
Format: CD
Label: Syborgmusic (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
Formed 15 years ago and after 15 releases, In My Rosary are releasing their new album titled...15. It's quite some time I didn't listen to their music and I must say that I quite enjoyed their new album. Despite the lack of homogeneity of the track-list (you can find wave, acoustic, electro songs which make it sound like a collection of songs more than else), the duo formed by Ralf Jesek (music, voice, instruments, programming) and Dirk Lakomy (lyrics and graphics) is presenting to the audience a new collection of sixteen nice tracks ("Just like you" and "G.t." are new version of songs that Ralf wrote for his other old band Derriere Le Miroir) which are capable to switch atmospheres and sounds with any problem at all. In My Rosary are good at passing from acoustic dark ballads ("A waste of pain", "G.t."), electro dark pop tunes ("Just like you", "Demo"), wave with some electronics ("Bitter fall", "Believe/Because) or blending them all together. As bonus you can find three remixes "Satin sheets" by Eternal Nightmare, "Short dance" by Tobias Bierkenbeil and "There's no light" by Syria) which present the songs revisited into an electronic key. As another bonus, you can download some special mp3s from their website (also their first E.P.) by writing one of the code you find into the CD booklet.

MIND.IN.A.BOX: What Used To Be

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Feb 01 2008
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Artist: MIND.IN.A.BOX
Title: What Used To Be
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Dependent (@)
Distributor: Alive!
Rated: *****
Yes, this is still a release of the German Dependent label, but surely one of last items until they close the doors. For me this is still a shock, because regarding the offered quality released through Stefan Herwig’s label, there’s currently no label available which could have that potential to rival with them. However, this release of Austria’s MIAB comes quite surprising. "What Used To Be" wasn’t to me that sort of a striking track taken from the still marvelous "Crossroads"-album. It seems that the responsible musicians behind MIAB have given this piece some months to grow in them, because the both new versions created by MIAB themselves ("Short Storm" and "Long Storm") are once again that catchy and breathtaking arranged, that MIAB should be able now to expect euphoric reaction from the dancefloors. More than ever before MIAB could work out a track, which features both, an unstoppable floor-filling attitude and decent consumption on your home entertainment. No boredom on here, but a catchy and nearly Futurepop-like tune with addictive synth textures. Add to this a rather average third version by Peter Rainman plus a new and unreleased "b-side"-track entitled "One Day", which can follow the stuff of the album "Crossroads". Even if this short SiCD is limited, it is a must-have for the fans - finally the recent happened position No. 1 at the German DAC charts are a proof for the quality. Regarding Dependent – somebody has to wake me up from this nightmare...

Voide: Evolution

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 31 2008
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Artist: Voide (@)
Title: Evolution
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Distributor: CD Baby
Rated: *****
Although VOIDE is his new music project and has started in 2K6, the Swedish Electro/Industrial-musician David Almgren can’t be at seen as a greenhorn. David already started to experiment with electronic-based music in 1984 and can look back on several music projects in quite different directions. Nothing which could grab enough attention for a possible break-through, but a lot of stuff to learn and to grow on. The result of his growing can be discovered on this new full-length album entitled "Evolution". Compared to the rather spacey background Electronica tunes mostly presented on his early last years’ debut "Space Sponge", VOIDE offers a refreshing new form of Electro-Pop music, which finds musically inspiration in the pioneering works of KRAFTWERK, YELLO, ART OF NOISE or other Synthpop-driven artists with a strictly dedication to the romantic kind of the 80s Pop/Wave-culture. Of course, some of David’s textures as well as his recording abilities are sounding up-to-date, but this doesn’t at all weaken the first impression. He also couldn’t resist to offer his vocals in this mostly vocoderized "robotic-voice" style, which has made KRAFTWERK that famous. Most of the tracks offer a straight-forward and beat-oriented attitude, I finally hope that a DJ will be courageous enough to play this kind of music. Everything on this album sounds coherent and nearly epic, while he’s picking up several themes like the ongoing development of the man – machine dialogue and several astronomy and Sci-fi-related things. Both tracks out of VOIDE’s Si-CD released only a half year before, "Computer Nation" and "Dream Machine", are available on here too, and can be named as being the most catchiest tracks here, while pieces like "Motivator" or "R-Evolution" penetrating the boundaries to some EBM-minded areas. Another great proof, that Electronic-based music has had its heydays around 15 years before, but as much as I adore this album and the artistically concept behind this fine project, it needs to be mentioned, that "Evolution" is only David’s third best work so far. After a now 9-years-old daughter, the entirely Chain D.L.K. staff likes to send out congratulations and all best wishes to the whole Almgren family for the sweet female family addition, which happened to see the light of life during the last week.

Psyche: Club Salvation

 Posted by Andrea Vercesi (@)   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Jan 22 2008
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Artist: Psyche (@)
Title: Club Salvation
Format: CD
Label: Rivetting Promotions (@)
Rated: *****
Psyche formed in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in late 1982. Through the years they gained a cult status for the, here included, Q Lazarus cover of "Goodbye Horses" (that appears in the "Silence of the Lambs" OST) and released many albums with a distinct but ever-evolving style mixing ebm, minimal synth, synthpop and a softer blend of industrial. The first album was out on the legendary New Rose label, home of French coldwave bands Charles De Goal and Résistance and famous for having put out the first cd edition of Virgin Prunes. From the beginning the nucleus of the band consisted of Darrin Huss - with the help of many collaborators. This collection is meant both for fans that didn't follow Darrin's latest progressions and for people approaching Psyche for the first time because includes some classic stuff. There's also an update to their classic hit called "Unveiling the Secret 2.0" (which came out in 2006 both on cd and 12" with lots of interesting remixes). Judging from the many dates on Darrin's myspace (http://www.myspace.com/psyche), Psyche are alive and kicking in 2008.


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