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VV.AA.: Cracknation: Artifacts II 1990 – 1994

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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Cracknation: Artifacts II 1990 – 1994
Format: CD
Label: Crack Nation (@)
Distributor: DSBP
Rated: *****
"No guitars! No Jungle! The glory days of Industrial Dance Music revisited, Chicago style!" True nostalgia stands behind this new release of the Cracknation label. As the title announces it, this "artifacts" are taken out of the very early years of Jason Novak’s musically career, when his music projects ACUMEN, DJ ACUCRACK or the IRON LUNG CORP. have satisfied the needs of the Electro purists. Yes, it’s nearly unbelievable that these notorious and mostly quite Metal/Industrial-Crossover infiltrated acts can rely on a musically past with a straight Electro/EBM-minded sound outfit, pretty much fitting with the first licensing releases of the legendary Wax Trax-label. And indeed, this Artifacts collection is dedicated to Jim Nash, the founder of Wax Trax. As for a European EBM user, I tend to rate this album as a typically American-sounding Electro-album featuring a lot of voice samples ranging between strange and already too often heard, fast-forward moving beats and rotating bass lines and Jason’s vocal performance between angry with at times extra-ordinary effect manipulations.. The days of the REVOLTING COCKS, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, SISTER MACHINE GUN, 16 VOLT get definitely re-animated, although this release seriously doesn’t includes guitar sounds. Please note also the last not mentioned track "Oh Cynthia", which is sort of a fun track featuring some moaning female voice samples. Make also sure to visit the MySpace account www.myspace.com/cracknationrecords to download some further b-sides out of this era. An era in which acts could create and define styles with some refreshing ideas. This collection is the valuable proof in your hands that this counts for the different acts of the Cracknation label too.

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