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Artist: Mind.Area
Title: Thenceforward EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Surprise, surprise, a German act has found its way to the Russian promotion group Alter-X. MIND.AREA is a side-project of the German Dark Electro act HUMAN DECAY and awakes musically reminiscences to acts like the legendary ABSCESS. This presented 6 tracks offer a wide ranging diversity with various drum patterns and high-skilled synth play abilities. "Thenceforward" doesn’t rely on the often in a same manner mentioned PUPPYan factor, but shows rather ways to develop out of this chosen path of musically expression. No Hellectro of course, we are talking here of authentic Dark Electro. This EP is definitely one of the best – if not the best – releases of the X-Line label. That the protagonists of MIND.AREA have decided to give this quality Electro stuff for free to their listeners by using the Alter-X Promotion platform is remarkable – and speaks definitely for the quality work of the leaders behind, Mr. Nullklever (FORNAX) and Mr. Denoizer (T_ERROR 404). The skillful programming abilities of MIND.AREA for instance are awesome enough, to let them choose a label of their choice – if the protagonists would decide to watch out for it. A must-download item!

LINDSTORM: Red Lights EP

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 05 2009
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Artist: LINDSTORM
Title: Red Lights EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
This is newcomer-project hailing out of Wroclaw, Poland, seemingly consisting out of a guy named Lindey (synths, vocals, lyrics, loops and drums). Unfortunately only 5 tracks are featured on this debut release, musically based in the wide field of Dark Electro/EBM. A striking point out of this release is the light-hearted usage of diverse drum patterns, which often allows breakbeats to enter the main rhythm foundation. The vocals aren’t that sort of a vocoderized Mickey-Mouse-monster, they are sounding natural, but could be set in a bit more precise. Nearly 19 minutes of playing time are sounding promising so far, but aren’t definitely not enough to give out a complete rating on this act. More stuff is required and I hope for additional releases of this Polish talent.
In latest news, this quite talented project has called its quit. Too bad - wrong decision to me...

EX.DELICTO: Hostile

 Posted by Marc Tater   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 05 2009
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Artist: EX.DELICTO (@)
Title: Hostile
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: X-Line / Alter-X Promotion Project (@)
Rated: *****
Someone out there with an interest to listen , what the DENERGIZED-musician Case likes to produce, if he finds free time? Well, under EX.DELICTO the musically things tend to differ. Here and there you’ll recognize an idea, an already discovered sound, or maybe a compositional effort quite comparable to his better known project signed to Advoxya-Records. But generally this pure instrumental album differs with a lighter outfit. "Hostile" is mostly straight and danceable produced and celebrates matured programming skills by balancing well between Electropop and EBM. At some tracks I would wish to hear vocals, but nevertheless this release entertains on all 11 tunes. Tracks like "Crime Industry" and "New Rose Hotel" may reaches the nearest the fairway of DENERGIZED, while the calm title track with it’s light and catchy arrangements is the most recognized tune on here. What INTERMIX is for Bill Leeb, that seems to be EX.DELICTO for Case. Entertaining Electronica to consume without hesitation – another high quality release for the Russian Alter-X promotion group. Thumbs up also for the nice UFO-related cover artwork!

Poordream: Immaterial Monarch

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Dec 02 2009
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Artist: Poordream
Title: Immaterial Monarch
Format: CD EP
Label: Spectraliquid / 33 Recordings (@)
Distributor: Ant-Zen
Rated: *****
Sometimes it is totally enough, if some striking voice samples leave an impact of inspiration on a producing musician. Something comparable may has happened to the Greek artist John Valasis, since the track "Immaterial Monarch" is an obvious tribute to the movie series "Zeitgeist". This EP is also the fruitful collaboration between Spectraliquid and the Greek netlabel 33 Recordings. After consuming this EP, I tend to ask for a continuation.
Musically – as expected from Spectraliquid – this release balances well between the styles Ambient, IDM/Electronica and Industrial. The title track impresses with varied instruments and a catchy content thanks to a brilliant inserted piano. "Immaterial Monarch" got featured in 8 different remixes asides the original, mostly constructed by different artists. I am definitely against those actions to collect too many uninspired remixes on a quite good original tune, but since the contributors like NADSAT, MONOTOMUS, Mr. F, DAMA or TAPE 86 are completely unknown to me – yet better, some of them really belong out of totally different music genres – I find this EP quite entertaining. The "Grandma Version" has been conducted by John Valasis himself, it pushes a bit the speed and offer dancefloor-compatibility, but unfortunately it alters the beautiful mood of the original. The remix of BROKEN TEMPO then I like to point out as being the best remix here, since this project turns that original into a pure acoustic experience – even better, they have written real lyrics based on the voice sample stuff out of the movies and the female vocalist does her best, to offer with her voice the fitting depressive mood. Finally you’ll find at last another original track by POORDREAM, "Sounds Of Consciousness", which is another dark collage with voice samples – maybe provided by the Pope – but I’m quite unsure on this. It’s hard to judge on this artist, since the listener gets at least only two original tunes to rate. So how are things with a POORDREAM full-length album?
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Artist: THE DIELECTRIC (@)
Title: Rapid-Eye Vol. 3
Format: CD EP
Label: Urbcom (@)
Distributor: Rough Trade
Rated: *****
Third part of this ongoing trilogy series for THE DIELECTRIC, J. Hookens’ follow-up project after JERICO ONE. This third EP continues with the already discovered path, which he has presented with the predecessor "Flicker Of An Eye". Musically offering a wide-ranging style by integrating extracts out of Electro, Industrial, Ambient and modern IDM/Electronica, he impresses once again with the choice of multiple guest musicians. Each of the presented 5 tracks has its own story behind, be additional help on the production, or be it recorded at different places. The opener "Corridors" pleases with extra-ordinary percussion inserts and German voice samples thrown in the mix. For the tracks "Flight" and "Directiv" J. Hookens has added the Swedish singer Ann-Mari Thim (ARCANA) to perform the female counterpart. The Belarussian Avantgardist Vladislav Buben has provided some additional instruments and has co-written the tracks "Exteria" and "Lucid". Especially the all instrumental tune "Exteria" convinces with some noisy synth lines, it seems that V. Buben’s hand-writing shimmers through. Compared to the above named predecessor, this third chapter of the "Rapid-Eye Assemblage" series seems to be more upbeating, while the percussion work of Hookens is still the outstanding factor in the production process of THE DIELECTRIC. What astonishes me a bit, is the fact, that this release comes out in different formats. There's also available a strictly limited 7" vinyl single, which can be purchased only and directly from THE DIELECTRIC website – if it hasn't been sold out yet.


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