Author: Mistress Nancy

KMFDM
Our Time Will Come
Metropolis
Street: 10.14.14
KMFDM = Ego Likeness + Drill + MDFMK

This release is packed with the guitar riffs, drums and chants that we love so much and have become accustomed to with this band—they have varied little from their usual sound. Sascha and Lucia provide you with a light, humorous lesson in German on the opening track “Genau”—the beats on are quite similar to those on every stripper’s favorite song, “Juke Joint Jezebel.” The catchy lyrics on “Respekt” were annoying and repetitive. The chorus states, “I will punch your head until you say I respect you.” I guess providing a good beatdown is all it takes to make someone respect you. This one will be stuck in your head all day. They redeem themselves with the amazing, softer style of “Our Time will Come.” It has more melodic, slower vocals and surreal beats. They rarely use this style, but when they do, it always pays off. –Mistress Nancy

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Kevorkian Death Cycle
Distorted Religion
Negative Gain
Street: 07.22
Kevorkian Death Cycle = Front Line Assembly + Skinny Puppy + HexRx
California’s Kevorkian Death Cycle seem to be releasing music on a regular basis again, and nothing could please me more. The God Am I release was one of my favorites last year. Although releasing a single may be more profitable, it can be such a tease. This four-track single is a tasty morsel and has me yearning for more. The statements from the late, bible-thumping Fred Phelps at the beginning of the “Distorted Religion V2” remix by Assemblage 23 makes the point of the song stand out: Most organized religions have a set belief system that does not coincide with today’s society. I appreciate the attention drawn to this on the track. As for “The Promise,” I prefer the HexRx version compared to the original, as it appears to be a souped-up doppelgänger of Skinny Puppy’s “Worlock.” Give me more, please. –Mistress Nancy
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Laibach
Spectre
Mute Records
Street: 03.03
Laibach = Leonard Cohen + Melodram + Rammstein
This Slovenian group is just as intense as it always has been, and may be even more progressive than ever. They have not slowed down at all with their politically motivated, spoken-word lyric style. Tracks like “Koran” remind us of how we all want to live in this world peacefully, yet, even with humanity’s intelligence and scientific progression, words written millennia ago effect people’s beliefs and provoke us to wage war against one another. Although this release has some of the aggressive, cadence-type music that we are used to, it also has a variety of calmer music styles to it as well. It includes a touch of experimental, drum and bass, EBM and even dubstep on some tracks. The catchy, poppy beat of “Eat Liver!” left me singing the song for days. This is a must-listen. –Mistress Nancy

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Diversant: 13
New World Disorder
SkyQode
Street: 11.28.14
Diversant: 13 = Nitro/Noise + Funker Vogt + Cannibal Corpse

I have very mixed feelings about this one. I felt a lot of passion and was filled with sadness while listening to “New World,” which features Omnimar. Its harmonic piano-style notes and slower BPMs really show that this band can pull you in with their talent. The energetic, stomp-inducing sound of “Reborn” mixed with dubstep is one that makes my pulse beat faster—it’s something people crave to hear when on the dance floor. Unfortunately, this vocal style killed it for me. There seems to be a lot of music coming out in the industrial genre that has this style of Cookie Monster vocals. Please stop. Try singing instead of screaming, or even slow it down a bit. The time and energy that is put into writing the lyrics is wasted. Maybe try to make it so your listeners can understand you! –Mistress Nancy

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Neuro-Sentence

The Shores Of Anhedonia

Xperiment III

Street: 02.14

Neuro-Sentence = Diary Of Dreams + Informatik + Type O Negative

Colorado Springs has spawned an ominous duo of Elipsis and Count W. They have created diabolical, pounding, harmonic sounds that will feed your dark, gothic hearts and get your body moving. It is a perfect combination of EBM and Goth music styles that will appeal to those who love darker music. “Dominion (Subjugate)” had me wanting to stomp to the 4-count beat. Its combination of the building energy and the Adrian Hates–style vocals, it provokes aggression and a need for release. The dark chorus line illustrates a suicidal urge, revealing the true gothic beauty of the song. This album fills my dark heart with joy and tickles the darkest parts of my soul. You might want to break out your pointy boots and pirate shirts.
–Mistress Nancy
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Blac Kolor
Wide Noise
Basic Unit Productions
Street: 02.28
Blac Kolor = Haujobb + Cervello Elettronico + Kangding Ray
This release enlightened my ears regarding how one can take the simplest, single sound and transform it into a very complex piece of music. To fully appreciate this, use headphones to hear the depth of each beat and the differences between the left and right. It is a completely outstanding, profound body experience to hear and feel the music in such a defined way. It pleasantly overloaded my senses. I often turned my head to see if there was something actually happening outside of what I was hearing. This combination of techno, EBM and noise music is not only for those who have more of an acquired, educated taste for music and sound, but those who have had no experience with it at all. It is the classical music style of the modern age—a must listen. –Mistress Nancy
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Babau Papalagi cassette cover

 

Babau
Papalagi

Artetetra Records
Street: 02.28
Babau = iVardensphere + Dead Can Dance + One Horse Town

Papalagi is a tribal and experimental release. It is a treasure for those of you who prefer to occasionally live life in an altered state. I assure you that you will truly enjoy the vibe on this album. The track “Palo Majombe” has a beat that sounds like it is being played by rubbing together two pieces of sandpaper. Papalagi the track a subtle, relaxing pulse. The haunting track “Faus” would fit right in the soundtrack of a demonic horror movie. It is a combination of birds chirping and a hollow drone sound. The chanted lyrics exhibit a didgeridoo feel. It is impressive and begs to be used in a performance art piece. It is soothing and calm but haunts the listener and will give you the creeps if you listen to it by yourself. It is beautiful, but it will have you wanting to sleep with the lights on. –Mistress Nancy

Dina & Christopher Alvarado
The Opal Mirror

Fraction Studio
Street: 04.07
Dina & Christopher Alvarado = Sleep Clinic + Architect Negative Crush

France’s Fraction Studio has been establishing itself as an essential place for the creation of ambient and dark electronic music for over 30 years now. One of Salt Lake City’s very own artists, Christopher Alvarado, has reached across the ocean and infiltrated the label with his tranquilizing sounds. This time, he has teamed up with French musician Dina. The music they have created is soothing, stimulating and intriguing. It is some of the best ambient, downtempo music I have heard in a while. It allows your mind to escape and also has the ability to provoke movement, which is a rarity in ambient music.

The track “Tension” begins with a layered 4-beat compilation of tones, and it picks up the pace pretty quickly. It incorporates a spicing of several sounds, like the beating of old pipes and the occasional crash. The hypnotic, driving, pulsating beats seem to pull your mind into a dark vortex. I loved this, but I felt that I was left hanging—there was no climax. The continuous build had me expecting something monumental, and it just never surfaced. At times, I was simply counting beats and an annoying “one, two, three, four” ran through my mind. I was delighted with a tease of a “wub-wub” modulation every now and then to break up the count. This is a great track, but I felt it could have advanced further. I did enjoy the layering of the sound manipulation behind the main beats, which was interesting, as it changed frequently. “Fragile” was a slow, saddening piece with its monk chant and wave-like sound—it pulls your mind into focusing on the depressing things in life. It will make you feel and bring focus on the darker things that are happening in life.

Overall, The Opal Mirror is an exquisite release, and if you are into ambient music I recommend you grabbing the free download. It is a must for your library. It relaxes and moves you. Dark electronic music is supposed to make you feel, and this music does exactly that. –Mistress Nancy

The Gothsicles
Squid Icarus
Negative Gain Productions
Street: 12.13.14
The Gothsicles = Bobcat Goldthwait + Caustic + Modulate

This release has some of the sickest EBM beats out there right now, and they have the added bonus of every gamer’s auditory delight: chiptune. Brian Graupner’s voice, on the other hand, is something like caviar, anchovies or escargot—a little rich and pungent at first, but then you grow to love it. It most certainly is an acquired taste. Some of the contributing industrial minds on this geek fest were Haujobb, Assemblage 23 and Rotersand. As the promotional material looked like it was straight out of a gaming guide, I envisioned them rolling their 20-sided die to see which beats they were going to use and where they were going to be placed. The hysterical closing anthem, “This Club is Closed,” featuring Angelspit, will be shutting down the bars nightly in the industrial community everywhere. I loved the music and its hilarious tales of the octopi. –Mistress Nancy

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Cocksure
TVMALSV
Metropolis
Street: 08.12
Cocksure = Revolting Cocks + Acumen Nation + 1000 Homo DJs

With all the music that was made at the Wax Trax! shop in Chicago, there had to be some remnants of it still lying around. I think Christopher J. Connelly and Jason C. Novak took the time to find them. It is almost as if they grabbed some unreleased music and mixed it with today’s technology, making a very nostalgic yet aggressive and stimulating release. Tracks like “Drug-A-Bug” and “Alpha Male Bling (shower me!)” had me longing for the days of yore, but “Cocked Ripped to Giddy Tits” has to be my favorite on this one. The body-slamming beat, catchy effects and samples had me in touch with all of my senses. This will most certainly have listeners reminiscing, and I feel that it showcases the history and true sound of industrial music. –Mistress Nancy

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