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Dec 02 2007
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Artist: SNOG
Title: The Last Days Of Rome
Format: CD
Label: Hymen Records (@)
Distributor: ant-zen
Rated: *****
The Australian musician David Thrussel and his famous SNOG-project I surely don’t need to introduce any nearer. Active now since more than 15 years in the Electro/Industrial genre, he also can’t be musically sorted in to get a constant and remaining style description. On "The Last Days Of Rome" he offers some more or less subtle Electronica elements with a constant acoustic attitude through guitars and his still a bit strenuous sounding voice. Always and ever an eye-feast are Thrussel’s essays referring on politically and social-critically themes, which he of course likes to point out through his lyrics, too. The art deals with the influence of promotion banners regarding new cars and status symbols, while his essay "A Capital Day" describes and exaggerates the routine of our affluent society. Thanks to some quite different license deals he has given out, this version of this album, released by the Ant-Zen companion label Hymen Records at least offers several bonus tracks, so on this release you’ll get at least 20 tracks. Some have to be mentioned: "City" comes out calm and catchy, but with a melancholic mood. Also note, that it is "Christmas Everyday" for the freaks in the White House – what a fine track. It’s fun to follow Thrussel’s sarcasm richly spread through his lyrics, while it makes you think of on several things as well. You’re wrong with it, if you look for a new and modern sounding Electronica/IDM/Ambient-release, for which the Hymen is otherwise an excellent resource for. This one has to be seen as poetry - fine work, keep on the vision of a better world!

ISIS SIGNUM: Heartbreaker

 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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Nov 01 2007
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Artist: ISIS SIGNUM (@)
Title: Heartbreaker
Format: CD EP
Label: Advanced Synergy (@)
Distributor: A Different Drum
Rated: *****
This is surely another Mexican sensation, because Helder Camberos, the man behind ISIS SIGNUM, has created his own label with Advanced Synergy and ISIS SIGNUM can be surely named being the flagship of it. There’s electronic music available aside the harsh EBM/Electro rush provided by the big names like HOCICO, both of their side-projects RABIA SORDA and DULCE LIQUIDO, plus AMDUSCIA. ISIS SIGNUM can be sorted into the Future- and Synthpop-genre, while Helder’s project likes to point out that this style is Future-Clash-Sound, and he has recently built a side-division of his Advanced-Synergy-label to bring out all related releases under this moniker. The music of ISIS SIGNUM can be named as a high-skilled form of modern Synth-Electronica, which also likes to play with different styles like Trance or Techno. While Helder likes to concentrate completely on the music and the compositions, he adds mostly female guest vocalists to accomplish his tracks. "Heartbreaker" is the first release of a series consisting of two EP’s (this one and the upcoming title "Communication") and the coming album "Electrosensual", which comes itself in a paper box-set and an additional CD featuring remix works. The complete set finally consists of four different CD’s which all have some good content to offer, on which I will refer soon. Coming back to "Heartbreaker", which features the guest vocals of the well-known German diva SARA NOXX, this EP offers 5 different versions of this track plus a specially produced video clip. That Helder is able to produce such multimedia-CD’s speaks for the growing meaning and professionalism behind his work. The track "Heartbreaker" can convince with its panned bass lines plus a nice doze of extra-percussion elements, while Sara’s vocals remain cold. Additional remixes got provided by the well-known Belgian institution IMPLANT (excellent work, Len!) and rather unknown artists like LIA ORGANA & ELECTRIC PRINCE out of Greece, ACCORDING TO PHILLIP and PELTON, both hailing out of Norway. "Symmetry" is another piece available in two different and remixed versions here, which work as teasers of the upcoming full-length album and features Sara’s vocals, while "Unrestricted" is an exclusively produced so-called b-side for this EP. I think that the often used comparison of SARA to the legend ANNE CLARK has never been that been provided that obviously like on this track. Finally the last track "Energy", originally available on the ISIS SIGNUM-debut "Sigma Infinite", which got remixed here by the Mexican FERMIN AGUILERA. A lot of modern Electronica music to discover, just check out and give it a try. Soon more about this act...

BOEOES KAELSTIGEN: Pan European

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Nov 01 2007
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Artist: BOEOES KAELSTIGEN (@)
Title: Pan European
Format: 12"
Label: Adrian Recordings (@)
Rated: *****
Released and pressed as a good old white-colored vinyl-only 12 inch Maxi-Single, this is the debut release of the Swedish duo BOEOES KAELSTIGEN. Both protagonists, Tor and Leo, have met in class for rhetoric and found out, that they have mutual interests in music, Giorgio Moroder as being a favorite, and futuristic things. Musically based into the wide field of Techno and/or Progressive-House they provide 4 rhythmically tracks in a rather sedating and entertaining way. It’s not that fast-paced "Technodrome"-terror-syndrome which tries to track down the 180 bpm, the instrumental music of BOEOES KAELSTIGEN can seduce with its razor-sharp bass lines and a solid rhythm pattern work. After a huge success with thousands of plays at the MySpace-community of the first track of this duo ever, "Frasit", they got picked up by different radio stations and made some successful gigs in Bern/Switzerland or at the renowned Arvika-festival in Sweden. "Frasit" is of course available here and can be named next to "Spectre" to be the outstanding work of the duo. The last piece "Flir" then seems to be a re-animation of some typically 303-bass-line-sounds and exaggerates this a bit. Two additional remix works provided by both Swedish Techno/Electronica-experts Tomas Andersson and Anders Ekbert (PLUXUS) are available, if you decide to purchase this item on a digital downloading procedure. A lot of good initiatives for this duo which has recently started a music-career. There’s more to come – recommend, if you’re in this music genre.

The Drumstick: The Drumstick 2

 Posted by eskaton   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Oct 29 2007
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Artist: The Drumstick (@)
Title: The Drumstick 2
Format: CD
Label: Edgetone Records
When I was listening to this disc, one of my colleagues commented that the disc sounded like something you’d hear if you were watching the scrambled porn channel. In some ways I am inclined to agree for the first two tracks. I tend to like my jazz more along the lines of Sun Ra, so the first two tracks were a disappointment to methey would be right at home on a radio station devoted to "smooth jazz." Fortunately, the disc then becomes much more experimental. This band centers around the work of jazz musician and biodiesel advocate E. Doctor Smith and the drumstick, an instrument of his own creation. On the promo sheet that came with the disc, Robert Anbian describes them this way: "I call the post-fusion, world beat jazz these guys play acid-bop.’" If that description doesn’t help you, don’t worryit didn’t help me either. On to some of the specific tracks that stood out on the disc. "Astral Aura" has a nice dark groove to it. "Neil and Jack and Me" is a nice piece of frantic, complicated jazz. It seems like it is about to completely descend into chaos. "Playin’ Possum" features a banjo and seems out of place on the disc. A bit whimsical, but didn’t really fit. "Zulu" has an electric guitar with some nice distortion that gives the track a bit of an edge. If you’d like to hear more, check out their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/edoctorsmith. The disc is a bit short, weighing in at 36 minutes.
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Artist: DJ? ACUCRACK
Title: Humanoids From The Deep
Format: CD
Label: Cracknation (@)
Rated: *****
After having regained completly their independent status caused through the end of a long-year distro deal with the well-known Underground Inc., here comes a full-scale release assault for the Cracknation-label. Besides this new DJ? ACUCRACK-release also the main project ACUMEN NATION releases a new full-length album. It was about time for new recordings after a long tour with both projects together with FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY and KMFDM. So the first result of DJ? ACUCRACK in form of this full-length album is out now, just one day after the last gig of the own booked "Psychotranshumanoid"-tour with CYANOTIC. That’s for sure an ominous chosen title for this new DJ? ACUCRACK-release and it shall indeed offer some influences out of some horror/splatter movies featuring a zombie-related theme. Globally the musically signature remains the same of this ACUMEN NATION side-project (I name it so, because AN-band leader Jason Novak stands also behind this project...) by offering a hectic rhythm construction taking inspiration out of D’n’B and Breakbeat-styles, some IDM and Trance-related textures, a huge amount of starnge sample manipulations and at times Jason’s insane and mostly distorted vocals. It’s positive that it doesn’t sound at all like an ACUMEN NATION-twin. "Reptilian Race" satisfies with some slower arrangements and quite different moods, while "Destroy All Robots" should be able to storm the dancefloors. But best work to me is "Ice Aces" featuring some melodic Ambient-like layers and a cool female background vocal performance. Although the main project ACUMEN NATION allows only a little change of the musically direction, this project of Jason Novak seems to be a kind of experimental field with which he likes to test different moods, rhythms and arrangements on his audience. Yep – experiment accomplished – keep it on!


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