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T.RAUMSCHMIERE: I Tank U

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Aug 26 2008
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Artist: T.RAUMSCHMIERE
Title: I Tank U
Format: CD
Label: Shitkatapult (@)
Rated: *****
Multifaceted, melodic, energetic, full of guests and proposing a wide range or musical influences, I TANK U is the newest T.Raumschmiere album that will be released on September the 19th. The album represents the final part of the triptych begun with "Radio Blackout" and "Blitzkrieg Pop" released by Nova Mute. If you have in your ears the songs contained into the album "Random Noize Sessions Vol.1", forget about them and open your mind for something totally different. Maybe more pop/rock oriented but nonetheless powerful. Even if you checked the first single "E" you should prepare yourself for something varied. The album opens with the main track, a dark techno instrumental that crawling between distorted bass guitar sounds and true drum sounds deals also a good amount of electronic sounds. The second track "The front row is not for the fragile!" is the first surprise, because after its electro beginning, you'll find a song that sounds a bit like the best Marilyn Manson but more influenced by punk. "Animal territory" featuring Puppetmastaz on vocals is an electro distorted rap tune (besides being the next single) while "111 Kg DNA" having Barbara Panther on vocals is sounding like a blend of "Ellen Allien meet punkrock" with guitar riffs and dub synth bass sounds. "Crack a smile" recalls me the best Soundgarden (but always remember that here guitars and drums are mixed with synth distorted sounds and stuff). Next is "E", a great techno/electro hypnotic instrumental that I already reviewed. "Pedal to the metal" has Gene Serene on vocals and recalls to me the dissonant and particular D.A.F. drums/monofonic synth duets but this one sounds a little more sensual. "Untilted" has Warren Suicide on vocals and it sounds like a pop ride with a basic distorted bass/drums section enriched by other sounds here and there and by vocal duets. If you liked "E", "Brenner" is the top notch electro techno song and Marco Haas has to thank also his guests Deichkind & The Crack Whore Society for this result: great German vocals and blasting distorted synths will make of this a dance floor killer. "What are you talking about?" is another punk almost grunge distorted tune with Tim Vanhamel on guest vocals. The album closes with "Nuclear bedtime story" featuring Lilian Hak on vocals. That song is a sort of electro blues mysterious track and its the slowest one. Well done...

FOOD FOR ANIMALS: Belly

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Aug 22 2008
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Artist: FOOD FOR ANIMALS
Title: Belly
Format: CD
Label: Cock Rock Disco
Rated: *****
This is the most particular blend of musical genres I had the chance to check recently. Food For Animals can be listed under hip hop, because they rap and all but when you come to the music, well this is a different thing for sure. The three guys use distorted beats, hisses and noises having a sort of i.d.m. approach to samples. Loops are like blasting out of your speakers while you barely hear a melody. Upon this chaotic but organized sonic magma they rap like hell giving to the whole a freshness that will make you think that they are reviving and reinventing a genre. Listen to "Virgogo" (one of the most melodic of the lot) or "Belly kids" and you'll totally understand what I'm saying. Check some of their tunes at their myspace page and if you are an open minded listener you'll be at least curious about the music they play.

VV.AA.: Great Summer Games Stuff: A Tribute to Human Rights

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Aug 17 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Great Summer Games Stuff: A Tribute to Human Rights
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Great Stuff (@)
Rated: *****

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Summer 2008. The Olympic Games are in Beijing, China. To revive the Olympic ideals of International friendship and peace, Great Stuff decided to produce this double CD where artists from all over the world are interpreting or reinventing their own national anthem. An exception is the opening track by the Austrian duo Makossa & Megablast who decided to go for Tibet (instead of their home country) mixing their great rhythms with a mantra spoken by Konchok Yoenten. This track remember to us all that what's going on in Tibet doesn't incarnate the Olympic spirit. The double album contains 24 bands/anthems that mix folk sounds/melodies (see the Syria anthem presented by Amir or the samples of the German anthem reworked by Swen Weber), techno rhythms and minimal hypnotic structures. Most of the CDs are sounding like minimal techno except for Tomcraft's "Bavaria" anthem that has a bit of electro, the Tibet one and also Atomic Hooligan's "England" which is a good dancey electro instrumental tune while "New Zealand" by Greg Churchill is a nice acid house/electro/tribal song, Tommy Trash's "Australia" is a particular electro retro instrumental and "Cuba" by Lutzenkirchen mix electro melodies and techno sound with a punk attitude. Sometimes the listening session has turned into a fluctuating dreamy experience but the overall compilation isn't only for the hard core fans of the genre.
Here's the tracklisting:
CD 1:
01. Makossa & Megablast ft. Kuchok Yoenten - Tibet
02. Amir - Syria
03. Namito - Iran
04. Butch - Turkey
05. Danilo Vigorito - Italy
06. Etienne De Crecy - France
07. Swen Weber - Germany
08. David Amo & Julio Navas - Spain
09. Tomcraft - Bavaria
10. Aldrin & Akien - Singapur
11. Fergie - Ireland
12. Ramon Tapia - Belgium

CD 2:
01. Tokyo Black Star - Japan
02. Rui Da Silva - Portugal
03. Markus Mehta - India
04. Gusgus - Iceland
05. Mihalis Safras - Greece
06. Steve Angello pres Who`s Who? - Sweden
07. OK Corral - Romania
08. Atomic Hooligan - England
09. Greg Churchill - New Zealand
10. Tommy Trash - Australia
11. Lucca - Czech Republic
12. Luetzenkirchen - Cuba

VV.AA.: IFS5 Lenny Dee presents COLD FUSION

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Aug 14 2008
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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: IFS5 Lenny Dee presents COLD FUSION
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Industrial Strength Records (@)
Distributor: Soundbase
Rated: *****
This DCD collection got compiled by the international renowned DJ Lenny Dee and released on his very own Industrial Strength Records, the first Hardcore Techno label active since 1991. "Cold Fusion" comes out in beautiful digi-pack and offers a cross-section of multiple Techno-Hardcore and Gabber tracks to prove, that the musically boundaries to the too often praised EBM/Industrial/Powernoise genre is floating. With acts like TERRORFAKT, here presented with 2 appearances ("Achtung" – CERVELLO ELLETRONICO Remix and "Headcase" – Floppy Disk Remix), this prove is an easy game. Some more appearances can convince in a comparable style, THE SPEED FREAK, the ultra-speedy, pseudo-aggressive and with Metal-guitars supported MOSHPIT, the saturated CUT A KAOS or KONEY. Of course this music has to be consumed louder as hell and won’t let you chill out, it is stuff to storm the dancefloors for some wild Pogo action. This reminds a lot on the successful but too repetitive "Terrordome" compilation series, even if some of the here featured pieces have a somewhat more harsh and distorted outfit. No stuff at all to sink in and to listen to in an armchair, but a new pounding torture for the dedicated fan of the genre. To me consumable in small dozes, but as a whole a bit too strenuous.

Track listing:

CD 1:

01. LENNY DEE - EXTREME MASH (the intro)
02. DJ EARTHQUAKE - STEP INTO THE PIT
03. THE EMPERATOR & CHROMATIC - MENTAL FEAR
04. FIEND & BROKEN RULES - SHARPER IMAGE
05. CUT A KAOS - DEDICATED TO...
06. TERRORFACT - ACHTUNG (Cervello Elettronico remix)
07. STAN GREWZELL ELECDAS GRAUEN
08. TERRORFACT - HEADCASE (FLOPPY DISC REMIX)
09. KONEY UNREGISTERED
10. DAISY & STORMTROOPER - MINDWALKERS
11. MOLECULEZ - LEGALLY INSANE
12. FORSAKEN IS DEAD & CIK - WHERE U AT
13. TYMON - PASSING BY
14. MANGA CORPS - THE HUNTER
15. BROKEN RULES - NORMAL OPERATION
16. GERMAN RHYTHM DISASTER - THE END

CD 2:

01. THE SPEED FREAK - GIVE ME A CALL
02. LIFE:::RUNS:::RED MEETS TYMON - DISTORTURE
03. TYMON - GUCCI
04. STORMTROOPER - TODESVOGEL
05. OPHIDIAN & TIEUM - NOTHING I CAN’T HANDLE
06. LENNY DEE - THE DREAMER (promo remix)
07. DELTA 9 - NO MORE REGRETS (inyoung & static remix)
08. FIEND & BROKEN RULES vs LENNY DEE - BREAK YA HEAD
09. TIEUM & LENNY DEE - I DON’T LIKE YOU (neophyte & evil activities remix)
10. PARTYRAISER & THE NEGOTIATOR- NO NEGOTIATIONS
11. JAPPO & LANCINHOUSE- EXLXAXL (NEOPHYTE & EVIL ACTIVITIES REMIX)
12. DJ SKINHEAD - THE ULTIMATE CUMSHOT
13. AKIRA - RIPPIN FXXKIN STRENGTH
14. ISR CREW - SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR LENNY
15. MOSHPIT - EYESORE
16. RIFF GLITCHARD - INSTANT MASH
17. MOSHPIT - WE KILLED JAH

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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Machines Against Hunger
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sigsaly Transmissions (@)
Distributor: Sigsaly Transmissions
Rated: *****
This is the debut release by the new Texas-based label Sigsaly Transmissions, a DCD compilation with some remarkable content. As the given title may leads to the right hint, this compilation and its content is heavily inspired to bring out a clear action of charity against one of the biggest problems of mankind at all. This project is meant to support all those aid relief organizations against famine and disease, in this case dedicated to Action Against Hunger, as they are leaders in this endless fight. 100 % of the net profit from the sales of this compilation will be donated. So not at all just another label compilation, the presented acts give an excellent cross-section of all thinkable styles of Electronica music available. Big names got united to walk this path hand in hand with undiscovered but promising newcomer acts, and mostly all are presenting exclusive recordings. As for the big names, we have here classic and veteran Electro/Wave acts like PSYCHE, PARADE GROUND, THE WEATHERMEN (...and they all can prove their abilities, as they’ve never taken a pause in between...) and side-projects of FRONT 242 and CLOCK DVA aboard, but also better known artists like DIVE, IMPLANT or PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1. The diversity of the different presented music is the remarkable point of this compilation, but as usual and compared with many other different compilations, mostly the newcomer acts caught my attention.
Starting with the bands, which are related or signed to Sigsaly, we have K-BEREIT. Right on, this is the continuation of the famous French act KRIEGBEREIT, which could only release a nowadays hard-to-find-MCD on the German Machinery Records entitled "A Forest". This one is maybe the best known (and best done...) cover version on this classic tune of THE CURE. Of course, K-BEREIT’s music follows the traditionally old-school sound and their "H(a)ngry" is an evil beating smasher with tragic German voice samples. K-BEREIT also created a remix for DIVE’s "Behind The Sun", which is featured here as well. Another new signing to Sigsaly is the Paris-based act CODE MACHINE, another straight and rather old-school-minded EBM outfit. Their track "You Say, I Say" is am angry smasher featuring sawing bass lines and emotional vocals, although we are talking here on the weakest part of their track, they could need some refining. Third one to mention seems to be the Belgian newcomer act NTRSN, who offer some KLINIK-al bass lines, vocoderized vocals and a steady beat much in vein of some older SUICIDE COMMANDO works.
The Hellectro field is also present with appearances of DERMA-TEK ("Mauled" – TAU FACTOR-remix, well done in the expected line, but wouldn’t it be time to offer new stuff?), PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1 ("Lethal Defense Systems", although remixed by a musically comparable act like DEAD JUMP, I ask myself, if this Greek duo can’t really offer any other striking piece, since this track has been now switched the 27th time on compilations...), NURZERY [RHYMES] ("Alpha-Omega", presented in remix by WYNARDTAGE, not bad at all, but maybe a bit too often heard? It becomes more and more routine...), the talented newcomer MAN + MACHINES ("Revolt", taken from their last demo, just watch our search engine for a review on them...), and finally the best appearance of this genre, DAWN OF ASHES ("Nail Driven" in a remix by DIE SEKTOR, the quality of this interpretation really nails!).
The veteran old-school EBM sound of NITZER EBB and their followers are presented well through acts like IONIC VISION (what has been named "This Life" isn’t at all a new composition, it’s rather a special remix of their classic track "The End" to offer something special to this comp.), and a collaboration effort by both Swedish bands CONTAINER 90 and STURM CAFE. What else?
There are some additional works featured on here asides the above named styles and bands, which deserve attention. Both COP-recording acts THREAT LEVEL 5 and CARPHAX FILES can impress with rather Dark Electro tracks (not Hellectro!!!), while the synths programmings of DISKONNEKTED ("Broken" remixed by RAZED IN BLACK), THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT ("Nothing Warms This Room" in a special Machine Against Hunger Remix) and the instrumental tune of the collaborative effort between EMPUSA with FRIGHT DOLL lefts me breathless. Another highlight is surely the cover version of INTERFACE on "Land Of Confusion" (Genesis): radio-compatibility included, decent Futurepop-like arrangements, good vocal performance and it luckily avoids Rutherford’s dirty guitar work. Finally the Swedish act CHINESE THEATRE come up with a new version of "I’m Leaving You Behind" featuring pummeling bass lines, cold subtle female vocals and a strong dedication to some Pop/Wave-attitudes of the 80ies.
A lot of interesting stuff to discover on here and a compilation project with a lot of background, intense work and idealism. Please note the charity factor behind it, which alone should be reason enough to purchase this DCD set, but also the content alone is sort of something special. You’ll get rewarded with this convincing label-debut, so watch out for more from Sigsaly Transmissions.

Track listing:

Disc One

01. K-BEREIT – Hu(a)ngry
02. Essence Of Mind - How Does It Feel [Machines Against Hunger Edit]
03. Implant - The Stimulator [People Theatre's Final Call Mix]
04. Container 90 & Stürm Cafe - 1/15
05. Dawn Of Ashes - Nail Driven [Die Sektor RMX]
06. Nohno - Unbalanced
07. The Crystalline Effect - Nothing Warms This Room [Machines Against Hunger Mix]
08. Threat Level 5 - Tripping
09. Diskonnekted - Broken [Razed in Black Mix]
10. Sunao Inami - Decreases
11. Code Machine - You Say, I Say
12. Interface - Land Of Confusion
13. Destroid - Revolution [Machines Against Hunger Version]
14. Nurzery[Rhymes] - Alpha-Omega [Wynardtage RMX]
15. NTRSN - Innerbleeding v1
16. Biodrone - Last Waltz

Disc Two

01. Hi-Tek Homeless - Planet Hump
02. The Tenth Stage - Black [Machines Against Hunger Slow Remix]
03. Ionic Vision - This Life
04. Radiotron 36 - Burned Out Cinder
05. Carphax Files - Guns And Violins
06. Empusa [feat. FrightDoll] - Unpreventable
07. The Weathermen - Your Town
08. Preemptive Strike 0.1 - Lethal Defense Systems [DeadJump Remix]
09. Dive - Behind the Sun [K-Bereit Light Speed Remix]
10. Autoclav1.1 - This Is Untitled [Magrette Mix by Coreline]
11. Parade Ground - Entertain Me
12. Man + Machines - Revolt
13. Psyche - Tears [Original]
14. Eisdrive - Reeperbahn
15. Je$us Loves Amerika - Cifer
16. Chinese Theatre - I'm Leaving You Behind (Help The Poor Version)
17. Modern Cubism - Le Serpent Qui Danse
18. Derma-Tek - Mauled [Tau Factor Remix]


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