Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
Synth Pop / Electro Pop / Synth-Electronica
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Odd / Field Recording
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
May 17 2004
The self-appointed "un-noisy noise" could actually be a good definition for this new release by Iversen, who often reaches lowercase fields: vanishing frequencies, digital errors, bursts of (silent) noises - something similar to early Guenther, Richard Chartier or Immedia, but probably without any theoretical reflection about its nature. Like making discreet harsh noise, which by the way sadly resurfaces in full shape in "andre", along with tired loops ("som") and pointless synth improvisations ("habernaka", "internation"). "Caligual symphony J", which is a pretty good example of lowercase electroacoustic in its first part, is then ruined by more annoying synth sounds. It's probably a matter of tastes, but I think that synth wooshes are becoming more obnoxious than bad guitar solos, really. "Die buch", "Caligula Symphony B" and "souper" are nice isolationist tracks. I'd say that Iversen is definitely more successful when quiet and to the point; were it not for the noisy tracks, this could be a fine release.
Published by Sudden Death Records, the personal D.O.A. label, LET'S START THE ACTION is an electronic tribute to the Canadian punk band, produced by Ambassador 21/Invasion Wreck Chords. If you already read my rewievs of Ambassador 21's stuff you could imagine what you could listen to during the 74 minutes of this CD: digital distorted sound, catchy melodies/rhythms and electronic music with punk approach. Being produced by Alexey, you can notice that Ambassador 21 collaborated with a lot of bands present on this release. An original D.O.A. track ("Just Say No To WTO") opens the CD just to leave the space to the digital assault of Ambassador 21, Fat Not Dead, Ad Astra + Mortis Causa, Dj Jesus Christ, Pet Nihil Vs Ambassador 21, Hyperdriver, Narc, Zeroism, Satan Braten, Buben, Av3rs1on, Nadin Katrin Vs Buben, Ellende, Karaoke Vomit, etc. Most of the tracks are covers, totally re-recorded and aren't just remixes and in my opinion this increase the fun. You'll be amazed by listening to D.O.A.'s songs being raped, distorted and drastically revisited. This is a really good compilation and I suggest you to get your copy now!
May 10 2004
CrossTronic (aka James Patterson) is based out of Houston, Texas who makes Christian electronic techno music is talking about God, the Lord Father and Jesus Christ. Some of the tracks are remakes of old traditional hymns like "Rock Of Ages/Ages Of Rocks", "Amazing Grace/Modern Day Wretch" and "Holy". The other tracks on cd are originals that even have passages in the cd insert that describes what each of them means. CrossTronic mission is to save souls, not just make people dance. "Put On The Armor Of God" is a ful-filling message that will bring the unsaved to God and a new life will begin as John 3:16 says "God so loved the world that He gave His one only Son. Anyone who believes in Him, shall not die, but have eternal life.
May 09 2004
A new cdr release from Norway-based soundmaker Jan-M. Iversen, owner of TIB Prod. and also active as Origami Klassika/Minimalistika/Maximalistika and Koff Koff... Cool red cover art and a mishmash of free-form glitchy digital frequencies & drones, electro-noise ("94"), dark ambient minimalism ("Stimulanse I Storm Og Stille 21" and "Stimulanse I Storm Og Stille 7"), quasi-cosmic synths ("Psycholimpics 3")... Some moments are good, but most of it is, in my humble opinion, too gratuitous, too out of focus to stand a concentrated listening. "Tomb Chill Stimuli", with its disquieting field recordings manipulation and a distant drone, stands above the rest.
May 09 2004
Brand new release from this Italian musical/political collective. Music: this is by far one of the best rhythmic glitch electronic releases I've EVER heard. Totally influenced by Noto/Raster Noton, Ikeda and Pan Sonic, but at times, I swear, better than them. Microscopic pin-like beats, fat basses, subterrean drones, structured digital debris - all with that scary, detached geometrical precision which, however, can eventually make you DANCE. Fantastic, breath-taking stuff. Politics: Death Paradise is a collective supporting DIY ethics, radical politics and veganism, read more about it in their website. Thumbs up for their stance, ok. What I find pretty funny (and this is mainly referred to reviewers) is establishing a strong link between their sound (which is absolutely NOT politically-oriented "per se") and their, say, manifestos (which are common ground in large part of the HC-punk community, for example) - but this is probably a logic reaction within the "educated electronic" circuit, where showing a political content is oh so radical and new.