Reviews: electro

(ebm / dark electro / minimal electro / elektroclash / synthpop)

Strand, The – In the Trench

Electro formation from Arizona, consting of Dave Strand (vocals, engineering, songwriting) and Kimberly Brown (female vocals). This cd (I think their first) was released by themselves in 2000. Ten tracks, whose titles like ‘chicks suck’ or ‘i hate my f***ing job’ predict the worst, but the music isn’t that bad…

V/A – Voltage II: electronic vivisection

Not everyone knows that Johan van Roy (Suicide Commando) has an own label, called COde Products. As you could expect, this label focuses mainly on dark electro sounds. Until recently Code only released tapes, from bands/projects like Frames a Second, Lescure 13 and Stin Scatzor…

Acid Ice Flows – Dol Gurdur

Recently I received a promo cd from this new act. This is a rough version of an album that Acid Ice Flows hopes to release ‘officially’ in the future. According to the website, ‘Acid Ice Flows is the (for now) solo project of Gollum. Gollum listens to and is inspired by the likes of Depeche Mode, The Cure, Coil, Ministry, Front Line Assembly, Godflesh, and a host of other bands…

Allied Vision – MMBO

Back in 1995 I listened to a lot of EBM, so naturally I bought “Elektrauma vol. 2”. On that compilation many new bands were present that later would become very popular, like Covenant, VNV Nation, Terminal Choice and In Strict Confidence, but also of course some acts that would never make it to a succesful career. For some time I thought Allied Vision to be one of the later category…

I, Parasite – Turin

NYC’s I, Parasite was formed in 1994. Dark, moody electronics with elements of early industrial, powernoise, ambient, goth-punk and neoclassical were some of the ingredients of the music they began to create. After a while experimenting the duo became part of the multimedia project ‘Dark Vision Media’. Nurv (voice, programming) and J…

I, Parasite – Horseslayer

“Horseslayer” is the second release from I, Parasite. It presents a mixture of new material and remixes of ‘Turin’ tracks by Android Lust, Cydonia, Alien Faktor and the band themselves. The opener ‘Brutality’ is a very aggressive dance track with hard pounding beats and deep bass tones…

Ame Immortelle, L’ – Wenn der letzte Schatten fallt

“Wenn der letzte Schatten fällt” is their third album. The strenght of the band comes most likely from the mixture of light and dark: classical ballads followed by dark electronic tracks, a beautiful female voice (Sonja) and heavily distorted male vocals (Thomas)…