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 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Aug 01 2005
Artist: IMMUNOLOGY (@)
Title: Newgate
Format: CD
Label: Advoxya Records (@)
Distributor: Last Exit
Rated: *****
Debut release for the new Russian label Advoxya Records hailing from St. Petersburg! They have signed the Czech Republic Electro/Metal/Gothic-Rock band IMMUNOLOGY, which present here already their second CD. After having grown to now four band members this band presents now a change in their globally style with now including real played and recorded guitars as well as real drums. The Electro/EBM influences of the early days of this band are now sparse filled in here. Add to this a rough singer mostly sounding like Arne of the SWAMP TERRORIST and you got it, that this band moved towards to a more Hardcore/Punk-like sound. My favorite tracks can be still found with more classic inspired track like "King of Demons" or "Living Death", although the globally Electro-Metal influenced pieces like "Fallen Angel" or "Gundog" really rock here. Not at all my cup of tea, but I am sure that a lot of fans of the old Coldwave scene with bands like 16 VOLT or PSYCHOPOMPS will dig this.

MATORE: Crocodile tears

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 30 2005
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Artist: MATORE (@)
Title: Crocodile tears
Format: CD
Label: Curzweyhl (@)
Rated: *****
Matore plays dark-folk music but this could be pop for the high quality of the "package" (I'm not talking about the lay out but I'm referring to the production). "Crocodile tears" is a "chic" collection of heartbreaking tunes I wouldn't be so surprised to see Matore climb the charts. Sure, the whole thing is depressed-pop-folk but the production and the definition of every particular is so well done/arranged that I dare anybody to deny that. The notes of the label say Matore could be compared to the (divine) Kate Bush and it's true, but the use of the vocals brought to my mind also Beth Gibbons (some Portishead tunes are nothing but crepuscular, aren't they?) and why not, some Hooverphonic's passages. Musically what we got it's not traditional folk but contemporary folk with electronic inserts both for keyboards and for the drum beats, but again in a really "easy listening" manner which gives this record the potential to become a best seller. Matore is really catchy but it still lacks of a real pop arrengement or she should need just some more "pop-hooks" in the structures. At last dark music has always expressed some incredible "chart-climbing" talents in the past, just think of Siouxie or Robert Smith, Brita Adler is also nice looking which adds extra points for the music-system out there...change some little elements of the mixture and here it is: a potential pop prouct.
Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Crash01 - Crash Frequency Compilation Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: Crash Frequency (@)
Rated: *****
Crash Frequency is the name of a new community of bands out of Down Under, Australia. Force through unity, so could maybe the motto sound. It is target to help each out, sharing opportunities, organizing gigs, doing promotion – simply to speak with a mighty voice of a whole Electro/Industrial scene – no matter if and where the bands are signed or not. So this 10 tracks represented by the members of this community is a first mutual sign of life, I must say, a musically very diverse one. ANGELSPIT, opener on this comp and a driving force of this community start with a danceable, classic Industrial inspired track, distorted female vocals and some guitar riffs, comparable somehow with an act like MMTM. ANGEL THEORY is surely one of the most acclaimed and known act here, signed to Australia’s Ground Under Productions, and here present with a good remix done by New Zealand’s THE MERCY CAGE (signed now to DSBP) of their track "Ease the Pain". Next remarkable piece comes from THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT which combine beautiful female vocals with Electro and some Trip-Hop elements. Globally nice done and finally no wonder, that the Polish label Black Flames picked them up. Australia’s Gothic-Rock legend IKON is also available here and can satisfy with good vocals and a rich amount of electronics. LUX VOLTAIRE prove that there is enough humor in Down Under with a track name in German "Ich liebe mein Oberheim" – well, music seems to produced with synths of this manufacturer. Best track to me – obviously following trendy hypes like Futurepop – is the piece of RESURRECTION EVE, also signed to Ground Under Productions. Well worked out sequences, no minimal structures, good vocals made an easy to following track of this mentioned genre which deserves a wider recognition. Also TANKT offer a good and diverse piece with "Bush on Fire" – be sure that they do not referring on forest fire. Unfortunately this comp stops after 10 tracks and almost 49 minutes. I can see on the members list that there are a lot of more bands involved, and especially my personal favorite STARK is missed hard here. Anyhow, there are a lot of different music styles here and a nice proof of activity and life still to come from Down Under. Next releases in co-operation of this community are already in plans, look out for this comp as well as for new releases by ANGEL SPIT, TANKT, IKON or THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT.

Track listing:

1.ANGELSPIT – Head Kult (Head Fuck Mix)
2.ANGEL THEORY – Ease the Pain (Placebo Mix by THE MERCY CAGE)
3.THE BOM – Machine Men
5.DANDELION WINE – Begin Journey (Rejiggered)
7.IKON – Psychic Vampire
8.LUX VOLTAIRE – Ich liebe mein Oberheim (Electrolux Mix)
10.TANKT – Bush on Fire (John Von Ahlen’s Leather Mask Mix)

ORPHE…: Confused

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 21 2005
Artist: ORPHE… (@)
Title: Confused
Format: CD
Label: Calyx Records (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Well, finally I am a bit confused. ORPHEÉ play a mix taken from influences of Pop, EBM, Industrial, Wave, Grunge and Nu Metal, so it is written down in the info sheet of this release. And so we have here my problem, because this mix is really not my cup of tea. What I surely can say is that elements with the big notion "EBM" are definitivly not present here. Four band members hailing from the north-east of Germany on which two are guitarists – well, slowly I get what market this should be able to serve. Take a hint of RAMSTEIN, mixed with some real Gothic/Wave attitudes, mixed again with MAINSTREAM infiltrated accoustic elements plus a very good vocalists who is able to give a whole boring track some personality and you got it. Some good tracks are present here, the opener "Exit" for sure, the smooth "Friends for Life" with an excellent melodic refrain and maybe "Black Breathe". As I said – this is not my battlefield, but I can realize a good production and maybe this band will enter some success through this. For me it is comparable with how it feels if Dracula would drink holy water. So please don’t ask me for a star rating because that wouldn’t be fair to the band and I haven’t heard anything compareable.

Ghost Orgy: Lullabies For Lunatics

 Posted by Donovan Tate (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 15 2005
Artist: Ghost Orgy (@)
Title: Lullabies For Lunatics
Format: CD
Label: Thoth Music (@)
Distributor: Ear Split
Rated: *****
A unique develope sound this band created. Ghost Orgy is a five piece goth-metal band with a beautiful Filipino female singer fronting, held out of Jersey City, New Jersey. Dark twisted lyrics that will entice you to hell's fury. Their songs cover from pain, sorrow, death, despair and to black magic. Menacing guitar with viola played by Elena Doroftei, giving it a sweet bitter twist. A perfect chaos effect for one's demise. To name a few tracks for listening pleasure; "Mortal Coil" "Twisted Into Oblivion", "Thirteen", "Nothing", and my favorite "Diva Of Destruction". I even like the cd cover, which portrays the female songstress hanging on a rope from a tree in a red dress. The album "Lullabies For Lunatics" is indeed a killer that unleash mysterious power of disintegration and downfall of one's life that will fade into eternal darkness. A vision of hell has blur the weak one's eyes and mind.

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