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E.B.M.usik - Electronic Body Music is not dead!!!: March 2008

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Magazine/Fanzine: E.B.M.usik - Electronic Body Music is not dead!!! (@)
Issue Date: March 2008
Format: Print (b/w)
Publisher: Daniel Cors (Last Technology) (@)
Rated: * * * * *
Out of curiosity I had to check our highly valuable search engine on here, when we had the last time a review on a magazine. Yep, you read it right, this one is a real magazine with an additional audio CDR, whose creator, Daniel Cors Alonso hails out of Burgos, Spain. It is high-glossy and printed in black/white in DIN A4 format, which sets the status above a usual fanzine. It concentrates with this first issue to introduce rather unknown acts out of the EBM/Dark Electro/Industrial genre through interview in Spanish (...which I am unfortunately unable to read...) and English language.
Best known acts presented in this issue are Germany’s AMNISTIA (recently out with second full-length album on Scanner, watch our interview with them on here...), STRAFTANZ (as Dependent stopped all business activities, they too switched to Scanner...), the Rupal Records-recording act LA MAGRA, the Belgium-based IC 434 (recently signed to Infacted Recordings...), the Spanish act GRADUAL HATE (debut album out on Hypervoxx) or the Swedish side-project of SEVERE ILLUSION, INSTANS (signed to Advoxya-Records). Other names some or another fan has maybe heard of, like both French acts REMAIN SILENT and ZAUBER or the US-based INDEX AI (right on, the follow-up project of Eric Chamberlain/INDEX, COP International...), while others are representing the newcomer section with NEOSTATE, BLACKCENTR, OSCURA or FILTHY DEFEX. So the musically content discovers rather EBM/Dark Electro music, which for the most part avoids the Hellectro genre. Quite interesting stuff to discover, since all web resources and links are included, for sure a good point. As a flaw I have to mention that the interview questions are a bit too much following the standard paths and here I don’t argue about the weakness of the English language of the author. This of course counts only for the English-written interviews, since all interviews in Spanish seem to offer more details.
Talking on the audio content of the CDR, it introduces the works of a long-out-of-business German EBM/Electro band named INTOXICATION. This trio has been active in the early 90ies and can look back on a 14 track-tape named "Braindamage", as well as a self-produced MCD "From The Source". This German band can be musically sorted into a mixture of old LEAETHERSTRIP combined with THE PSYCHIC FORCE to get a possible hint for a comparison. Since also this special band introduction is written in Spanish, I rather have to check back my own collection and knowledge on them, since I own both their releases. This attached CDR has received the title "Dahmer Syndrom", but I am quite unsure, if this are seriously unreleased recordings, since I discovered several tracks taken in the same version from the INTOXICATION tape "Brain Damage", only sorted with a new track list (strange to see that the editors have avoided to include a track list of the audio material... this rather confirms my suspicion, that no one in the scene shall recognize that this is the same recording of a long-out-of-print and 17-years old audio tape simply copied on CDR. The number of the track (14) and the "real underground" sound quality speak for a 1:1 copy process of tape to PC...) . I also don’t know if the copyright situation of this action is permitted, but however, it’s a quite useful initiative to introduce a totally underrated act to the Hellectro-influenced kiddies of the present.
Maybe every single word of criticism is a totally fail, because what this magazine needs the most is neverending SUPPORT!!! Support for the courageous idea to publish a print-magazine in a time where online communities grow extraordinary and receive uncontrollable influence. I hope that Daniel will find the muse, ideas, help and financial support to continue with his vision of a print-magazine, which doesn’t need to snuggle with some Goth-/Metal-/Alternative-bullshit-acts to receive attention and needed bucks to pay the print offices. Good luck to Daniel and his team for this – I’ll guess you’ll need it!


Industrial Nation #21: August 2005

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Magazine/Fanzine: Industrial Nation #21 (@)
Issue Date: August 2005
Format: Print (color)
Rated: * * * * *
Pretty much the only dinosaur still walking and breathing among the extinct species of printed industrial music magazines, Industrial Nation greets the summer with another issue packed with features (and a Skinny Puppy pull-out poster!). With the main feature being Skinny Puppy's extensive interview, you can't ever go wrong, especially if your name is Industrial Nation. More interviews include: Ayria, the Azoic, Winterkalte, Wilt, Client, Scrape.DX, the italians XP8, historical The Residents and the eccentric Mortiis, Iris, Naviconn Torture Technologies, Projekt owner's Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Flesh Field, C-Drone-Defect, Interlace and finally mind.in.a.box. To complete the picture we have an Edmonton (Canada) scene report, a report about the famous Wave Gotik Treffen in Leipzig, Germany, an interesting article about the fair use of movie sampling in industrial music. Of course hundreds of reviews will make sure you absolutely know what to buy at any given moment of the day. All of this on thick paper, half of the pages in full colour, for your visual enjoyment, as well as your reading enjoyment. Glad to see they are still around!


MusicWerks #2: April 2004

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Magazine/Fanzine: MusicWerks #2 (@)
Issue Date: April 2004
Format: Print (b/w)
Publisher: MusicWerks/ADSR
Rated: * * * * *
Seattle, Washington based ADSR run MusicWerks Magazine's 2nd issue starts out with a short introduction about piracy and illegal copying of CDs and dedicates the issue to interviews with some of the hottest artists of the moment, including: State of the Union, Unter Null, Static Engine, Psychobitch (who is also the hot babe on the front cover), Databomb, Converter, Manufactura, Decoded Feedback, VoiceIndustrie, Common Dream, Dope Stars Inc., Idiot Stare, Negative Format, Conspiracy, Noxious Emotion (finally, the ones who started it all in Seattle! the Kings of the grunge-city EBM scene!), SMP, Final Selection, Futter, CyrusRex, Navicon Torture Technologies. Of course there are always plenty of ads and reviews. By the way, if some of you out there remember the early issues of Chain D.L.K. and used to complain about the small font size we used, check out MusicWerks and their reviews section especially, but go get your glasses first! ;-)


Comatose Rose #9: April 2004

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Magazine/Fanzine: Comatose Rose #9 (@)
Issue Date: April 2004
Format: Print (b/w)
Rated: * * * * *
Canada's pretty much 'only dark culture magazine' (as they describe themselves)Comatose Rose (whose editor we've interviewed a while ago) reached issue #9 and holds down the fort really strong! This Spring the cover is for Suicide Commando. Inside you'll find interviews with: Lacuna Coil, Pride & Fall, Cruxshadows, Opeth, Psyche, M3N7A7, Suicide Commando, Regenerator, Dependent records, Dj Frigid's Kink!, Envy is Blind, Dj Leslie, Final Selection, Droom, Midnight Syndicate. Also a Canadian scene report and lots of news and columns and concert reviews from the local scenes of Toronto and Montreal. What captured my attention and I found very interesting and deserving is that this 'zine steps out of the format by giving more space to non-musical but related things. You'll find columns about rising fashion star Plastik Wrap. Also interviews with Writhe and Shine and Toxic Toons comic strip artists and designers Jason Beam. Issue #10 just came out a few days ago, by the way. Definitely and intersting magazine worth discovering. I always said Canada's cool! ;-)


Music Werks #19: January 2004

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Magazine/Fanzine: Music Werks #19 (@)
Issue Date: January 2004
Format: Print (b/w)
Rated: * * * * *
If I correctly recognize the email address of the people running this magazine, then this would be by the same people of the band Noxious Emotion, a great EBM band from Seattle who obviously has been very busy with their music store and other activities, such as MusicWerks, a professionally printed, b/w (with color cover) magazine that, in the words of the funny creator, "plans to fill the gap in the american side of fan-zines in the industrial-gothic-synthpop scene".This first issue made its debut in October '03 and includes big inteviews with Collide, Art+Phusch, Assemblage 23, System Syn, Babyland, Stromkern, Faith Assembly, Inertia, Aghast View, Epsilon Minus, Glis, DSBP, Ragdolly, Industrial Nation. Of course there are also reviews and many ads. The bonus is that everything you see you can buy at the store these guys run online and on location in Seattle, WA.