Various ::: "Circuit
Noir Volume 1"
dark - electronica - industrial
of 13 U.S. and 2 Australian electronic - industrial acts.
This 71 minute compilation contains quite a diverse collection of material
from the electronic-body-music and industrial genres; from the light
and trippy (Numantre, Oneiroid Psychosis) to grating industrial (Anti-Music-Foundation
and Wage Class Slave), from atmospheric soundscapes (Crimson Boy and
Marble Orchard), to aggressive electro (Noxious Emotion, EYE).
It's also great to hear an industrial compilation which features a
high percentage of artists without distorted vocals, with female vocals,
and with innovative beats and composition. Besides the 2 Australian
and 2 Wisconsin acts, the rest are from the mid-west and north-west
U.S. If you're interested to hear the kinds of electronic and electro-industrial
music that is produced in this region then I honestly consider this
a much better buy than the Cleopatra release "Elektro-Industrial sounds
of the Northwest".
- The Azoic - "Intimate Incisions"
A suspenseful and mechanical gothic-electronic-body-music piece
with exchanging female & effected male vocals. Cold rigid beats, bell
sounds, angelic female vocal samples and a morbid subject.
- EYE - "The Key - mutant AYA version"
Objective comments? Well you won't get any from EYE. Let's be
a tad more or less blatant and quote Tommy T. of DSBP records and
the Cyberage radioshow in the U.S. who said of this track: "good stuff....different!!
that's what i like, unique sounding...yet elektro with vox, and diversity!!...
your track is real cool!! i played it on the CYBERAGE the other night!!"
The following comments by Mick Magic in his review of the EYE ". .
." cassette apply to this track: "... Very high tech sound here...some
beautiful synth sounds, muchly fast tekbeats, Gary Numan on helium
vocals, ...manic teknoid indeed, very weird and quirky ... stop/start
bits (show offs)..." Well, it's EYE's proudest moment on CD so far,
though being as fussy as I am, I do want to rerecord this track as
there are a few bits I'd like to play with. This is actually a modern
manifestation/mutation of a (less credible) version initially recorded
back in 1996 for a 2XX radioshow - see discography. There, that's
probably enough blatant self-promotion until the next CD comp. review.
- Crimson Boy - "Love Gone Wrong 3 AM"
Another great track from Western Australia's Crimson Boy who,
incidentally, are apparently soon changing name to Faterazor. Very
dark and spacious, weird remote robot-reverb vocals, cold-electronica
with excellent original programming and sampling - the trademark of
Crimson Boy. Love the deranged animal-like guitar groan samples, treated
and subtle female operatic voice, and harpsichords/pianos. If you
are familiar with and like the sort of music that Dorobo Records release
then you'd dig this track.
- Numantre - "Les Coeurs Danser"
Like Single Gun Theory and Dead Can Dance with very convincing
sitar noises (is that a real sitar or a synth? It sounds real), arabic
percussion parts and modulating synths. Great eastern-influenced female
vocals; not quite in the same league as Lisa Gerard's (Dead Can Dance)
voice yet (who is?), but well on the way there.
- Oneiroid Psychosis - "Effacement of Projects and Purposes"
Trippy and hypnotic with sweeping synth-strings, great `speaking'
tweaked synth-lines and vocoder vocals. For those who don't know what
they are (vocoder-vox) think of what an angelic robot would sound
- Fockewolf - "I am God"
"... we live in overstimulated times... stimulation for its own
sake..." electro-body-music with husky female vocals.
- Anti-Music Foundation - "Your Loss"
As their name implies they're anti-music. It's no surprise that
they like their noise then. Can't make out any of the lyrics, but
that's o.k. True industrial-wasteland-music from the U.S. state of
Wisconsin. Reminds of SPK circa "Leichenshrei" album.
- Cesium 137 - "Smegma"
This is a short and sweet, repetitive, pounding instrumental
which works very well. Minimal. I like it.
- Wage Class Slave - "Fragmented"
Features industrial SPK-like smashing percussion with distorted
vocal prose. And guess what, they're also from Wisconsin. What's happening
there to produce such nasty, alienated music? I think the UN should
be called in to investigate.
- Noxious Emotion - "Nitrogen"
Squidgy synth noises and Kraftwerk/late-80s-Severed Heads-like
sticky-robotic-splatter beats. Robotic-vocals. Some great flanging
keyboard blurbs. See CD reviews for more on NE.
- Nefarium - "Dream Releaser"
This track contains some good music/programming ideas, and the
verse vocals are o.k. but I have to be honest - please change the
gothic-chorus vocals and lyrics! (For me) they ruin an otherwise good
- Separate Faith - "Synergy"
Raw, hypnotic electro-industrial track which I like, but would
like to hear it without the piano part.
- Society Burning - "Broken"
Starts with an interesting reversed loop of something or other
and teary-eyed EBM bass-lines but unfortunately this track is let
down by the NIN-like vocals and lyrics.
- Marble Orchard - "Dementia"
A chilling imagination-stimulating mellow instrumental soundscape.
Music for vagueing-out to late at night in complete darkness. In a
similar vein to Coil's "Hell Raiser Themes" as well as Shinjuku Thief/Shinjuku
Filth and other releases on Dorobo records.
- Redonjon - "Veracity"
A simple programmed instrumental track with slow digital-808/909-simulation
beats, plonking synth-bass (perhaps a bit too plonky) and some nice
bell and choir sequences. Very simple/minimal but nice.
was available from Blatant Propaganda but has sold out.
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