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Artist: ZIBIR
Title: Electrodes
Format: CD EP
Label: Haunted House Records (@)
Rated: *****
A new CD-EP release for the UK-based Haunted House Recordings label, with ZIBIR a debut of a new solo effort of Mat Howlett. We lately have discovered Mat’s other project HAPPY WELLY, a kind of fun and light-hearted Electronica project. But ZIBIR differs musically by offering a kind of instrumental arranged lo-fi dark electronic music and likes to call the works of KRAFTWERK, DAFT PUNK and DEEE-LITE as possible influences. Not very conventionally produced, the provided music here offers rhythmically tunes with a lighter attitude, but also stuff to sink in and chill-out ("Electrodes (Matulator Mix)"). Quite interesting arranged, this 6-track EP offers at all three different tracks, plus three remix works on the title track, one of them created by the label colleague of CREATURE. The "Maximix" of the title track gets my vote for the best piece here, maybe asides the darker sounding remix work by CREATURE. "Electrodes" works well as a convincing background sound design, but offers also several interesting structures and ideas to get checked out under a pair of headphones.

May 28 2007
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Artist: KLONAVENUS (@)
Title: Metropolights
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
This duo (Saffio – keyboards and programming, Chem:nitz – vocals) comes from Rome, Italy, and formed in 2005. They’ve already released two demos (S/T 2005, "The Shining Process" 2006), have appeared on the German Darklife Magazine Compilation and on "Italian Body Music Vol.3". The band is really in love with Electro-Goth/EBM and Dark-Wave, and in this new Ep alternates moments of sad reflection, dominated by deep and visionary pads, with aggressive loops, distorted voices and noises. They are quite good in this alternation between good and evil, CLAN OF XYMOX influences and painful atmospheres, horrorific melodies (see "Your Wintertime") and danceable songs for smoky clubs. Personally I’ve quite appreciates "I Run For... ", "Your Wintertime", "A Prison For Me" and above all "The Blind Creation" (great track) with that obsessive rhythm that forces me to shake my head even when writing this review. "Sermons" has a rough and fat music (shows more links with the EBM scene), and the vocal melody reminds me something of AND ONE. "Blessed Into Nothing", from "The Shining Process" demo, is here in a new version remixed by NYDHOG (a one-man project from Rome playing Electro/EBM with really good results), where the aggressive side of the song is emphasized, as more emphasis has been given to the female coir. The CD includes also two videos, "I Run For... " directed by Saffio and "Tonight" directed by Saffio and Jon Alcaide, a nice add on to a very pleasant Ep. The only thing I could add is that the band is really improving from demo to demo, and in their first album (hope they’ll release soon with a good label) I would expect an even better production (already good now), more pumping and powerful in the aggressive parts and deeper in the more introspective ones, and above all that the singer takes care of the English pronunciation that has some problems, as shown in the live acts more than on recordings. Labels, offer them a good contract because "Metropolights" it’s a very good work, absolutely recommended for all old-school/new-school electro-goth fans.

VV.AA.: Sunkissed

 Posted by Fabrizio Della Porta   Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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May 25 2007
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Sunkissed
Format: CD
Label: Smalltown Supersound (@)
Distributor: Wide
Rated: *****
For the first time, Smalltown Supersound releases a mix album, SUNKISSED mixed by G-Ha and Olanskii. Sunkissed is Oslo`s most popular club-concept and has been running for over 8 years with resident DJs G-Ha and Olanskii inviting friends and artists such as Optimo, Isolee, Richie Hawtin, Glimmers, LCD Soundsystem and many more. Along with Rune Grammofon, the label has done an amazing job of showing off the incredibly fertile Norwegian music scene. There's not only a lot of music coming from the Scandinavian country, but an absolutely incredible variety as well, which explains how both labels have been able to co-exist and flourish seemingly with very little overlap in styles. This Sunkissed mix, however, is all about Norwegian artists, and includes everyone from the early days of the country's dance music scene (Mental Overdrive and Rune Lindbaek) to big name modern favorites like Lindstrom and Prins Thomas, along with a couple of tracks by rock groups from the same country (120 Days and Sereena Maneesh). In many ways the perfect document of the Norwegian electronic music scene. It features the ones who started the whole Norwegian electronic music scene back in the late 80s, Mental Overdrive and Rune Lindbaek, to the guys who took it further, Erot (RIP) and Bjorn Torske, and what became known as space disco or cosmic disco with the stars of the scene today, Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas, till the next generation and tomorrows stars Todd Terje, Disk Jokke, Blackbelt Anderson and Magnus Internatjonal. The mix also features the new wave of cosmic rock coming out of Norway with 120 Days and Serena-Maneesh. An eclectic mix of electro, samba, easy-listening, funk, ethereal psychedelic rock, electro-house midtempo, propulsive revision of shoegaze and cosmic-disco. An enjoyable trip through a batch of playful electronic dance mus

MELOTRON: Propaganda

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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May 23 2007
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Artist: MELOTRON (@)
Title: Propaganda
Format: CD
Label: Synthetic Symphony
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
Since their previous album "Clichè" released two years ago Melotron started to re-define their style detaching it from the simil techno/e.b.m. influences of "Sternenstaub" and with this PROPAGANDA they found a perfect balance of aggressive arrangements used into electro pop songs. If you listen carefully to their single "Das herz" or the following "Arroganz der liebe" you'll find distorted sounds popping out from catchy melodies a la Depeche Mode of the '80s. Listening to 13 tracks of the album it seems to listen to a different band, one who found its sound, one they are confortable with. Maybe it coud sound a little more pop compare to the tracks of the "Brüder" E.P. but I prefer these new tunes to the ones of "Sternenstaub". Now the songs are based on defined melodies and Meltron confide on their capabilities composing energetic electro tunes as well as convingtunes Melotron did a good album and I appreciated a lot their new electro pop sound!

Edge Of Dawn: Enjoy The Fall

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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May 23 2007
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Artist: Edge Of Dawn (@)
Title: Enjoy The Fall
Format: CD
Label: Dependent/Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive
Rated: *****
Out of market strategies it may was a bit dangerous that the duo of EDGE OF DAWN has taken a longer than expected time gap between the release of the highly acclaimed predecessor EP "The Flight (Lux)" (out in October 2K5) and the release of this officially full-length debut album. But on the other hand – and you’ll hear it already after the first tracks – it was worth to wait and watch out for this. Mario Schumacher has constructed a nearly perfect album featuring excellent detailed and complex arrangements. Modern and up-to-date sounding, searching for similar structures in bands like COVENANT, SEABOUND (uuuhmmm...), or the hefty underrated Hungarian act IMPACT PULSE, "Enjoy The Fall" walks musically the paths between Future- and Electropop with some darker influences. It features of course the required amount of club- and dancefloor-oriented food ("Black Heart", "The Flight (Lux)", "Elegance" or "The Nightmare I Am") but also stuff designed to invade your mind, to sit down and to sink into the sound and meaning ("Descent", "Beauty Lies Within" or "Isolation"). Still a remarkable point out of the music is the appearance of Frank M. Spinath providing most of the lyrics and vocals. And no – this isn’t at all a copycat of SEABOUND – an allowed reference for comparison maybe, but you would be surprised how beastly and depressive-minded this album can be ("Black Heart", "Pray For Love"). The tracks "The Flight (Lux)", Descent" and "Elegance" were also featured on the mentioned EP, but no reason for unnecessary excitement here, because all included versions here got reconstructed and revamped. "Enjoy The Fall" is one of the very few albums which features so many details and shows possible ideas, that it would hold enough inspiration for the usually Harsh EBM act to produce 5 albums. An album which can only be out on Dependent – it may doesn’t sell the best, but the quality is top-notch and without doubt. To bad that the summer is near and Dependent will close its doors...



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