Structures Vol. 2 - cyber elecktro compilation"
main focus of this compilation is heavy four to the floor robotic aggro
cyber-electro-body-music with a few synthpop-type groups towards the
end of the CD.
Implant - "brainstorm" This a good track to start the CD with
in regards to the piece of dialogue used. Unfortunately, I've heard
this bit of dialogue used before - on Code's "area 51" I think. Even
though it's used well here, having heard dialogue used somewhere else
detracts from the freshness of a track for me. The music's a hypnotic
trance-elektro piece with husky electroid vocals. Quite distinctive
Idiot stare - "the devil's work" This track starts of well for
me, with a cold kick drum beat, grungy guitar-chords which don't dominate
and husky-chanting vocals. Unfortunately, the lyrics in the chorus
just don't quite work for me. I think the track would work much better
without the chorus.
Biopsy - "disgust" These Brazilians make a topsy-turvy original
blend of 303 squelches, industrial-trip-hop beats, splattering hi-hats,
bleeps, minimal rah-rah vocals and effective stereo effects. I can't
make out any of the lyrics - but for me that's usually a good thing.
This track has a raw, clunking and distinctive sound - my favourite
on the CD.
SMP - "Intensity(cold mix)" This is certainly a much better track
than their piece on the Cleopatra "...Northwest..." compilation. A
mid-tempo groover that reminds me of a song called "Illusion" by Cyberaxis.
I dig the cheesey brass-bits.
Ionic Vision - "Corruption President" There should be some law
about Belgium bands singing in English. Front 242 have certainly been
known to come up with some quite unintentionaly humorous lyrics. Ionic
Vision have done something similar here. I think it's due to the track
having a political message and that someone whose native tongue was
English wouldn't quite do it in the fashion that Belgiums do it. I
don't know why so many European bands choose to sing in English. I
prefer their music MUCH more when sung in their native tongue. Anway,
Ionic Vision's track is pretty good though, pure electro-body-music
ala Front 242 mid-1980s but with a heavier more deranged vocal style.
Violet Black Orchid - "Silence" Grating ethereal electro-noise-flange
from these Canadians. The vocals are fairly subdued in the mix which
Produkt13 - "Burning Sin" A fine eleckro-industrial piece with
clanging bells, whispery vocals and synth-strings but not terribly
diverje - "System Failed (edit)" Starts with an atmospheric intro
that brings some relief from the rest of the elecktro-assault on this
CD. Ah, but just when you think you can relax, in comes the beat rapid-fire-synth-bass,
meat-grinder guitars and distortion vocals.
Produkt13 - "Lousy Human". This reminds quite a lot of early Skinny
Puppy. Similar voice to Nivek Ogre's.
Noxious Emotion - "Neural Surge (v.20) An exclusive remix of the
track from "count zero"; a fairly mellow but stomping electronic body
Bytet - "Modern Ritual" Another quirky piece of avant garde theatrical
electronics with female vocals here. They've quite a unique refreshing
sound. Reminds me of Laurie Anderson and Yello. I'd like to hear more.
Side 3 - "Solemn" Four to the floor techno beat with gruff cookie
monster industrialish vocals.
Kremaster - "So Close" 1980s-inspired electronic body music from
Brasil. Reminds me of early Noise Unit and Front Line Assembly. Good
to hear this kind of music from South America.
I, Parasite - "Criminail" Contemporary-type slow elektro with
gothicish sequences and husky vocals. Reminds me of groups such as
Cyberaxis and Haujobb.
- "Two Steps (forward)" Wow! A New Zealand elektro band - about
time! The music aspect reminds me of early-to-mid period Nitzer Ebb.
- ie. looping keyboard parts with bits gradually added and stripped.
Husky vocals and some breakbeats introduced towards the end of the
track. I suspect the hard to remember & pronounce band-name could
work against them.
Man - "Give me Your Youth" A very Depeche Modish new romantic
track for the teenage America crowd. (Which, thank all the gods up
in the sky, I'm not a part of). Not that I'm knocking the track, this
IS good for it's style. I just can't relate to it. And I'm certainly
pretty glad for that.
- "Kill Yerself" This track contains some catchy oriental root-and-5th
note chord samples and effective matching coy vocals. However, the
track is (at first) completely ruined by the mega-cheesey chorus vocal
line "kill yerself tomorrow - why wait for today?" sung in a bad american
rock voice. Just when you think they're being serious - that they
honestly think those are "clever and zany" lyrics - and their credibility
is in serious doubt (in my mind) the pitch-shifted chipmunk vocal
effects appear and lend an air of complete tongue-in-cheek silliness
to the whole song. I HOPE that was the intention. Hard to know. I
expect a lot of (most) people won't get the joke though! Particularly
humourless gothic-types. I quite like this track, from a listening
perspective, it has some new and distinctive things going on - but
the chorus refrain makes me cringe every time. But wow - it made me
write this much about it!
on the mind - "Psychal Storms" A nice instrumental elektro piece
that reminds me of "Doubting Thomas".
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