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Psychosomatik: State of Oppression

 Posted by Phillip Walkden   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Apr 19 2015
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Artist: Psychosomatik (@)
Title: State of Oppression
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: PSK Records
Rated: *****
'State of Oppression' is the 2nd album released by French industrial duo 'PSYCHOSOMATIK', this release comes after an 11 year hiatus from music following their debut album released in 2003.The album presents us with a well crafted dark, industrial sound, mainly eerie in nature but sometimes evolving into more groovy, catchy rhythms that you could almost dance too like on 'No Time To Lose (Negociation of Peace)' Most synth rhythms on this album are undeniably catchy, and it is quite easy to see from the get go that this is their forte, as track after track the duo present us with infectious synth laden pieces. Drums are usually frantic, hard hitting and heavily distorted, sometimes a little bit simple but they consistently create a high tempo, pulsating beat that complements the synths and vocals brilliantly. Vocals are almost ghost like, sounding like a cold winter wind blew them straight to your ears. In some ways it can be said that the vocals complement the songs, however after sometime and notably in some of the more hard hitting songs, there becomes an apparent lack of substance and variation in the vocal department, the vocals sound almost too weak and are sometimes overpowered by the music behind them, which means PSYCHOMATIK are missing out on adding a much more powerful dimension to their music. They've shown that they're very proficient in eerie industrial but fail to deliver when they attempt to go for a more powerful, hard hitting approach. Lyrically, the end product is relatively solid, far from exceptional but equally as far from awful. Additionally, the band decided to include two remixes of 'No Time To Lose' the first of which being more dubstep in nature with the second following a similar style as to that used by PSYCHOMATIK. I quite liked the first remix and I really felt it added a whole other dimension to the album. The second didn't really add much to the overall album, instead it just felt like another repeat of 'No Time To Lose'. My favourite track on the album would have to be 'No Time To Lose (Negociation of Peace)' due to the impressive, eerie atmosphere created, catchy vocals and infections, dance worthy synths. State of Oppression is out now and is well worth checking out.

tētēma (Mike Patton & Anthony Pateras): Geocidal

 Posted by Marc Urselli   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 31 2015
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Artist: tētēma (Mike Patton & Anthony Pateras)
Title: Geocidal
Format: CD
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Rated: *****
tÄtÄma is a new duo formed by the unstoppable and untiring Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Mondo Cane, Tomahawk, John Zorn interpreter) and Australian pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko).
I have seen Pateras solo opening for Patton's Mondo Cane in Australia a few years ago I remember being impressed by the vigor with which he beat the shit out of the grand piano on stage. I knew they were friends, but that Patton would find the time to write a whole record with Pateras, all the while writing the new Faith No More record and doing a million other things was undoubtedly a surprise!
"Geocidal" is a concept record about the killing of a place, maybe because it was a created in so many different places, since the two artists live half way across the world from each other and most everything was recorded in a different country (mostly France, Australia and the US). It is an incredibly interesting, original and exciting concentrate of raw power, evil chants, shamanistic percussion, mysterious atmospheres and violent eruptions of screams, distortion and instrumental abuse.
The album features a cast of 12 special guest (including drummer WiIl Guthrie) and is just another testament to the originality, versatility and pipes of the amazing Patton and the quality of the collaborators and co-writers he surrounds himself with.
Absolutely not to be missed!

Neugeborene Nachtmusik: Neugeborene Nachtmusik

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 17 2015
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Artist: Neugeborene Nachtmusik
Title: Neugeborene Nachtmusik
Format: 12"
Label: Enfant Terrible
Rated: *****
I don't know if you remember the band Milligram Retreat, they released an album and a 7" for Enfant Terrible back in 2011, just to disband soon after. One of them, Mauritius Hermes, decided to give live to a new project called Neugeborene Nachtmusik. Since then, under that moniker he released four tracks on compilations out on Enfant Terrible and Death Disco. The debut album contains six new tracks where Mauritius takes inspiration from different musical styles such as industrial, experimental, metal, minimal synth and more. The opening "Last Day Of Winter", for example, mix industrial noises, dark ambient drones and epic orchestral sounds that made me recall old Cold Meat stuff. "Schaf Auge Rabe", instead, to my ear mix industrial and something like In Slaughter Natives. Things get different with "Kino Sputnik", as it sounds like a ritualistic minimal synth tune. The tracks tend to be a little long but you have to be in the right mood to enjoy at full this album. When you'll be ready to do that, then, you'll be ready for the nine minutes of "Horse" and to its arpeggio, which is the backbone of the track, and to the cosmic synth sounds that come and go dueling with the noises. You can check the track excerpts here: http://enfant-terrible.nl/ET040.html
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Artist: Nazoranai - なぞらない
Title: The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already... ? 一番痛い時は一度だけそれは もう 訪れているのかな...
Format: 2 x 12" vinyl
Label: Ideologic Organ (@)
Rated: *****
The sound of this trio of giants of contemporary music - Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi (hitting on drums on this chapter) and Stephen O'Malley (from Sunn O)))...if you never heard them while braggin on your musical culture till now, you can reasonably scrape off the bottom of your shoe! - is majestically apocalyptic and intense on this second output that I imagined Maldoror, the notorious fictional character by Isidore.Lucian Ducasse aka Comte de Lautrement, the true literary paladin of iconoclasts, misanthropists and flagellants, in the act of taking part to a live session of Nazoranai with a view to a possible collaboration for the purpose of giving a score to his notorious chants. "You Should Look Closely Those Shattered Spells Never Attaining Embodiment As Prayer They Are Born Here Again" - it's the title of the 19-minutes lasting first epic track, not a personal recommendation! - stirs up huge dust clouds by a harrowing wind that blows from eerily metallic scraping, riven distortions, sinister howling voids and pressing drums. Their sonic world turns more and more grey on the following "Will Not Follow Your Hoax Called History", whose oppressive tightness, that got emphasized by Ambarchi's sticks that sound like saying the time has come, could let you imagine the above-mentioned Maldoror sharing some crack with Jesus while observing the retrograde stepping of mankind. The whirligig of chaos keeps on spinning on "Who Is Making The Time Rot", whose rock body in advanced stages of decomposition seems to clinging on life on the final title-track "The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already..?". Take a ride.

Himiko: Victims of Greed

 Posted by Steve Mecca   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Mar 03 2015
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Artist: Himiko (@)
Title: Victims of Greed
Format: CD
Label: DTrash Records (@)
Rated: *****
Himiko's at it again, a new release of 13 tracks in the Digital Hardcore, Speedcore, Death Metal, Grindcore, Goregrind, Gabber, and Breakcore mode, and none of them over a minute in length. I get the impression that she's refined what she spewed forth on 'DethNoizzz', and may be taking it to the next level of nastiness. There is an often present squealing/whistling on this album that may not be surprising considering the revolting pig image on the CD cover. The album smacks of total excess, a point I'm sure Himiko is painfully trying to make. I'm not sure how much further she can go in this genre, as much of it is beginning to sound the same. Would have been nice if she threw in something completely different just for shit and giggles (something to make you say, "what the fuck???") but Himiko remains true to form throughout, perhaps too much to appeal to anyone except the fans she already has. If that was the intent, it works, but I think she's going to have to shift gears for the next one if she wants to gain more traction.


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