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SKOYZ: Hologram

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Artist: SKOYZ (@)
Title: Hologram
Format: CD
Label: Cortex-Records (@)
Distributor: SXDistribution / DSBP
Rated: *****
This second full-length release of the both French Electro/Industrial musicians Stephane Ayas and Nicolas Ussel aka SKOYZ is a long-awaited one. It was entitled to be out on the Polish Black Flames label in summer 2005, but shortly before it got released, the label quitted its business. So SKOYZ had to look for a new label and after a while they got picked up by their fellowmen of Cortex-Records, the label which brought out the excellent NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT. It has taken a long time after the release of their promising debut "Decay" on the German Matrix Cube label, but to wait for this new one was worth it. A lot of stuff they’ve been produced and conceived as well, and so this CD really can be called a "full-length" with a playing time of about 73 minutes. 9 new track including the well placed compilation appearances "Dark Energy" and "Distress/Signal" are on here, plus you’ll get 6 remixes done and recreated by good names like the mentioned NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT, DESTROID, INTERLACE THE CRYSTALLINE EFFECT, POLYGON and SKOYZ themselves, offering a lighter version of one of the best tracks here, "Cold Colour". SKOYZ play a refreshing kind of Dark Electro with cold distorted vocals, thick arranged atmospheric synth layers and rotating bass lines, at times with some filter manipulations reminding on some Techno productions. This Hologram release got mastered by Mike Johnson in his renowned Mao-Music studios (AGONOIZE, INFEKKTION, VIRTUAL EMBRACE...), so the result is a well produced Electro/EBM album which is not like anything else. It features of course a lot of pieces which go straight forward to storm the floors of the dark clubs on this globe, although it avoids a curry favor of too often heard Hellektro releases. Rich and detailed programming work also give a total satisfying experience under some good headphones as well. SKOYZ are for sure next to the already mentioned NEON CAGE EXPERIMENT and some others like E.S.R. or TAMTRUM one of the leading acts playing hard Electro/EBM/Industrial music France has to offer and this Hologram is an excellent example of this from track 1 to track 15. What are you waiting for? Get it!!!