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EDGE OF DAWN: The Flight (Lux)

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 17 2005
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Artist: EDGE OF DAWN (@)
Title: The Flight (Lux)
Format: CD EP
Label: Dependent / Metropolis-Records (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
Well, it has been for sure already existing a band with the name EDGE OF DAWN. But who cares – finally this German duo consisting of Mario Schumacher and Frank M. Spinath (SEABOUND) releases its debut EP. They were already active on the defunct www.mp3.com website and could earn there some first good reactions. Now signed to Dependent (and Metropolis Records for North America...) this duo presents us nine tracks and a playing time of about 43 minutes, so we have almost a real full length CD. And the presented music is well done and will surely satisfy the interested listener. EDGE OF DAWN are playing a smooth form of Electro/EBM, danceable constructed with clear vocal lines and a surprising complexity in their arrangements. Also his being in SEABOUND for Frank can be taken as a possible comparison to describe the sound of this band. The main track "The Flight (Lux)" is available here in three different versions, the original and two remixes done by AUTO AGGRESSION (surprisingly without any overwhelming distorted effects – what a pity!) and IRIS (features better worked out sounds, a dark mood - and so wins the "contest" with AUTO AGGRESSION...). As usual for an EP the whole stuff proves a strong club-friendly compatibility, and this counts also for the other main track "Losing Ground", available in the top-notch original version and a remix by Nils Schulte. There’s also a slow and calm ballad-like piece with "Descent" which includes some well played piano sounds. Add to this the two extra tracks "Elegance" and "Find A Way Out" on which they also don’t show any weakness. This whole EP points out an excellent debut and is a great appetizer for the EDGE OF DAWN full length CD in early 2006. There is also a hidden access code for unreleased material of this band available from their website. Check it out!

VV.AA.: Advanced Electronics Vol. 4

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 09 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Advanced Electronics Vol. 4
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Synthetic Symphony
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
This DCD is recommend by the DAC, the German Alternative Charts and was compiled in a collaboration between Hardbeat Promotion and Synthetic Symphony. You maybe get it already on this facts, you get here a compilation mainly including the currently big names of the Electro/Industrial scene. Luckily you get also some special versions, unreleased stuff, remixes or other goodies by 22 of the 32 tracks. Some pieces I have picked out here which are worth to get mentioned. The opener is well done with a longer than 7 minutes Extendet version of the track "Ascension" done by [:SITD:], which finds the right mix between known elements of their music and a good sequencing work. VNV NATION are giving a remix of "Chrome" done by the talented SOMAN, while I must admit that this remix work is more influenced by the original version of the track. The Swedish Neo-EBM band SPETSNAZ are more and more growing to a constant big name and the new "Apathy" is just another fine proof of this. A live gig of HOCICO is always a special event and their gig in Israel seemed to be a big success. Although their track "Spirits of Crime" is surely not their best piece, I am quite impressed by the quality and intensity of this piece here. GRENDEL are also present, unfortunately without a new or unreleased piece, but "Aspiration Feed" taken from their latest EP "Soilbleed" is still a remarkable track. THE PROMISE is a new project by the Ex-PHILTRON member Sven Enzelmann and musically based between Synth- and Futurepop, not surprising, but with a good quality.
The second CD starts with the new track "Bleed For Us All" done by SUICIDE COMMANDO which can be seen as a preview of the next full length release "Bind Torture Kill". Luckily Johan van Roy seems to remember the times before his last one "Axis Of Evil", because this new track reminds me more on the "Mindstrip" times and has a more aggressive feel. Belgium’s IMPLANT are next in a cooperation with the well-known icon Anne Clark. While Clark’s sound of her vocals is intense as usual, IMPLANT deliver a satisfying exploration in the Electro-/Trance fields, well done – respect! SOMAN is an act from Infacted-Recordings, combining Electro with some noisy and industrialized moods and their track shows some good ideas. AYRIA, Canadian sole project by Jennifer Parkin brings us her great "My Revenge on the World" in a special remix done by the legendary OUT OUT, a veteran US-Industrial act already active since more than 15 years. Closer to the end of this DCD set some more up and coming acts get the possibility to be on the highly acclaimed compilation, like the minimal Synthpop act FILE NOT FOUND, both Infacted bands HEIMATAERDE and REAPER or the German hard EBM attack PAINBASTARD with a good remix of one of the most skillful pieces "System Failed".
This DCD was mainly created not only to collect a compilation for the lazy or drunken DJ, it is designed to break boundaries in between electronic music genres which are maybe present. Target is the audience which is a bit open-minded to electronic music with the will to check out something new. So for them there might be a rich amount of diverse sounding tracks. For the experienced users of this music this comp is only interesting for its amount of alternative versions or unreleased remix stuff here. A special hint I would not left unspoken: people mostly would like to see something which can be called ART, something more special than an ordinary white cover with some blue plugs... So go and check for yourself.

CD 1
1. Ascension (Extended) - [:SITD:]
2. Giftraum (FMix) - Diary Of Dreams
3. Chrome (Soman RX Longer) - VNV Nation
4. Revolution Of The Pigs (Advanced Pigrevolution ...) -S.K.E.T.
5. Apathy - Spetsnaz
6. Nailed [V 2.0 Dance] - Diskonnekted
7. Heart Of Steel (Riot In Metropolis Mix) - Analogue Brain
8. Spirits Of Crime (Live In Israel) - Hocico
9. Fulfil My Rage - Individualdistanz
10. Aspiration Feed - Grendel
11. The Irreparable - Glis feat. J.-L. De Meyer
12. Mystic Places (Advanced Electronixx Version) -Les Anges de la Nuit
13. The Rebel - The Promise
14. Menschenfresser (Club Mix) - Melotron
15. Razorwire (Modified Mix) - Mesh
16. First Day (Radio Edit - Clean) - Timo Maas
17. We Are The Ones - Zombie Girl

CD 2

1. Bleed For Us All - Suicide Commando
2. Time Up Your Chips And Circuits (Electric ...) - Implant feat. Anne Clark
3. Pusher (US Remix) - Soman
4. You Want It (Dave Clarke Remix) - Fixmer & McCarthy
5. Killing Ground (AE4 Remix) - Funker Vogt
6. My Revenge On The World (Out Out Extended Remix) - Ayria
7. Exterminate Annihilate Destroy (Reclubbed) - Rotersand
8. Chant 64 - Replicant
9. Black Metal (Original) - Ascii.Disko
10. Walkman - Welle Erdball
11. No Nothing Never (6:30 AM Edit) - File Not Found
12. Musikerhaende (Uncut Version) - Heimataerde
13. Totengräber (Orthodox Version) - Reaper
14. Sytem Failed (SD-RAM Mix) - Painbastard
15. The Grudge (Gothminister Remix) - Mortiis

INTERFACE: Beyond Humanity

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Nov 02 2005
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Artist: INTERFACE (@)
Title: Beyond Humanity
Format: CD
Rated: *****
Unbelievable that this band is currently not signed! After the demise of their label Tinman which quits its business in the last year, this band is looking until today for a new and professional label. And with music like on this new full length CD "Beyond Humanity", I would like to advise the management of this band to contact the best and biggest labels of the scene. This release is currently self-produced, but it needs to be heard in all corners of this world! I am normally not to much into music somewhere placed in genres like Synth-, Future- or Electropop, but here I have received an unbelievable exception. They have also supported ASSEMBLAGE 23 on parts of his "Storm" tour, and I am sure that a lot of you out there saw on stage. "Beyond Humanity" is simply the best album out of this genres I have heard for a long time. People like mostly comparisons, so I would say that INTERFACE produce a fine mixture between A23 and CUT.RATE.BOX ("The Age Of Computers", "Faith in Nothing" ) with the tendency on the harder tracks (like "Mind Killer", or the dark "Insomniac") to get compared with the Australian ANGEL THEORY. The vocals are of course mostly clear and smooth and luckily not to much placed in the foreground. On some tracks they also integrate some cool KRAFTWERKian vocoder effects, especially on "Beyond Human". There is also an outstanding instrumental piece here with "Despair", and the band can enjoy with some well worked out melodic synth pads. My favorite next to the harder "Mind Killer" is the dancefloor smasher "Nobody’s Hero" with an unbeatable refrain and outstanding melodic synth play. If music done by the mentioned acts is your style you should hurry up now and start to purchase this one. Again – this band is currently not signed – labels, wake up and make your contacts!

SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS: Mind Over Matter

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 31 2005
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Artist: SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS (@)
Title: Mind Over Matter
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
A bit dismayed after the listen of the first four tracks I took again the white cover of this promotional copy. No, it is not a new ASSEMBLAGE 23 album, it seems to be indeed the new SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS CD "Mind Over Matter". Astonishing poppy structures, well-placed vocals with good lyrics and overall a very good production which avoids minimal as well as overlaying structures and produces a warm and friendly mood – this all are the preferences of this release. I am still surprised how much musical maturity this band has experienced through the years – they are already active since 1993. Although I must also admit that I miss a bit more aggressive pieces here, a bit more effort which can help this band to come out of the almighty shadow of the big patterns. Tracks like "Downfall" or "Pale Candle Light" offer some good attempts but fall back into already known and often heard structures. "Apologize" then is a heart-breaking ballad which pushes back the speed and the male vocals are more melodious than ever before – stuff to suspend away. My deepest respect also for the extremely well played instrumental piece "Counterpart", which features outstanding synth layers and a cool space-like mood. This release is an excellent example of musically development well-placed in the genre Synth Pop, Future- or Electropop with some attempts into EBM/Electro. It does not break any ground or new territories but the overall mixing of the styles is well and flawless. This band can easily grow to a scene-leader...

VV.AA.: Awake The Machines Vol. 5

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Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
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Oct 31 2005
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Awake The Machines Vol. 5
Format: CD
Label: Out Of Line (@)
Distributor: SPV
Rated: *****
Chapter 5 of the well known Out Of Line label collection comes this time in two different forms: first as a normal 17 track CD, second as a limited edition DCD with almost all bands signed to that label. The prices for both items justify without doubt the investment, 4,99 Euro for the single CD, only 8,99 Euro for the limited edition. Like on previous releases out of this compilation series, you’ll get a full playing time with lots of goodies, remixes or simply representative tracks by several acts from this label. Opener on the single CD are SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS and they surprise with clear vocals, a good mixing of melodies and beats – maybe a bit influenced by a big name like A23. HOCICO have already seen better days in their long years of existence, also the track "Spirits of Crime" is away from being groundbreaking. But this remix by the Swedish label comrades of SPETSNAZ is fair done and could give new entries a hint how the music of both bands can sound. Further valuable pieces I have found here with the mentioned SPETSNAZ (a real alternative version to the classic NITZER EBB back from the "That Total Age" days...), COMBICHRIST (get a remix by the Polish act CONTROLLED COLLAPSE – a band which just seems to be signed to the new Dependent side label NPT, leaded by Johan van Roy aka SUICIDE COMMANDO...), AMDUSCIA (Mexican Dark Electro which develops better and better...) or the to me never heard before NECESSARY RESPONSE (playing a perfect symbiosis between hard and melodic Electro...) from the USA. I also dig the overlaying stuff from SNOW in CHINA and the aggression of that new AGONOIZE track. Some "must-have" acts from the big roster Out Of Line has released in the past years like TERMINAL CHOICE, GOD MODULE, DECODED FEEDBACK or the up and coming AESTHETIC PERFECTION are for sure missed here on the single CD, but also this will justify the purchase of the DCD. This Out Of Line label compilation is well designed to have a good introduction to the label’s work for newbies, but it features also some stuff worth to collect for the experienced users.


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