KMFDM exists since 1984 and in all these years they released ten albums (plus remixes albums as well) before their new one: ATTACK. It took three years from the last CD titled Adios to release this new one because some band's members leaved. The core members Sascha Konietzko and Raymond "Pig" Watts teamed up with Tim Skold, Lucia Cifarelli (Universal Music Group recording artist), Bill Rieflin (Ministry, REVCO) and signature vocal diva KMFDM style mainstay, Dorona Alberti to release this album. I'm not that familiar with KMFDM's music but this new album is what the fans were expecting for: energy, melody and tons of distorsion. Maybe some melodic solutions, like on "Save Me" or "Superhero", are almost "pop" (even if buried under tons of industrial sounds) but during the fifty minutes of the listening there's nothing that will disturb too much their fans because the band have still their characteristic ultra-heavy beats based sound. If you have been disappointed by the MDFMK CD be aware that this is a come back to what KMFDM was.
Personal project of Dust Of Basement's Birgitta Behr, Calan.dra released her first album early this year. WHERE DID YOU GO? has been a pleasant surprise because it has got a good blend of upbeat rhythms, dark melodies and introspective moments. Nothing revolutionary but the elements are well balanced and this is an important thing for every good "recipe". The CD contains ten original tracks as well as three covers (Einsturzende Neubauten's "Blume", Depeche Mode's "Photographic" and Sisterhood's "Rain From Heaven"). The music kinda darkwave-oriented with heavenly femal vocals: some moments are gothic oriented (you know, the ones with dreaming vocals, acoustic sounds and sad atmospheres) while others (like "Why" or "Empty Star") are more electro oriented. I think that Birgitta gives her best on the second kind of tracks because her voice is in contrast with the distorted guitars and the synth based sounds and this creates interesting moments. Unfortunately the gothic based songs are the 70% of the CD but the whole album is quite interesting anyway.
This must be the fifth cd by the Lisbon duo, and the first one on their recently founded label Thisco. Ras.Al.Ghul are experienced veterans and you can feel that in the perfect balance of beats, programmings and samples of these 10 new tracks. New cinematic soundscapes perfectly merging ambient electronica, dub, drum'n'bass and trance/intelligent techno in mesmerizing compositions of crystalline beauty. If you can imagine Kraftwerk playing songs by African Head Charge by using modern digital equipment, you'll get close to the picture. Just listen to the opening track, with that blend of dub cadences and d'n'b counterpoints. On a sidenote, it seems that this cd is a bit lighter and more dynamic than the previous one, "Sonic Yonic". Great stuff, recommended as always.
"Live at Molde International Jazz Festival" is the recording of the event which took place in Molde, Norway the 19th of July 2001 and the three tracks of the lenght of more of ten minutes each are a massive amalgam of electronica and noise, with some drum inserts on the first track and some guitar excerpt on the third. Merzbow needs no introduction because it's twenty years that Masami Akita attacks audience's ears with different form of noise. Instead Jazzkammer exists since 1998 but it's two members Lasse Marhaug and John Hegre have been active in the Norwegian club / noise scene from different years. The forty minutes of this CD are of no easy listening because massive amount of disturbing noises has been used. I can't tell you if I enjoyed these recordings because usually I use headphones to review CDs. The only thing I can say at the moment is: OUCH!
Interlace was conceived almost ten years ago and has gradually developed. Other artistical engagements delayed the realization of the project until the fall of 2001. Subsequently the debut album Innuendo was written and produced during an intense three-month period. I don't know into what projects were involved Interlace's members but for sure they aren't newcomers of the electronic scene. Even if INNUENDO is their first release it's a mature one and contains ten intense tracks filled with tension and pain. Some symbols used on their graphics recalled to my memory the latest Fear Factory (also because the second track is titled "Soul Of A New Machine", just like F.F.'s first album) but this one hasn't nothing to do with distorted guitars and stuff... Interlace's music, to tell the truth, isn't striclty e.b.m. either: each track is a mid tempo one and has got a rhythmical linear structure. The thing that interested the band most seems to be the melody (the voice isn't treated that much and is well used) and the atmosphere they were able to create, betting, in this way, on their composition skills mainly. Did they succeed? Well, yes, even if in my opinion they used a similar structure to compose the songs: just a little bit of rhythmic variations and we would have the best electro release of the month.