Dive – “Underneath” album review

Dive – “Underneath” album review

  It was just 10 days before the official release of the Dive’s Underneath when I received the opportunity to review it. I was waiting for this album with a lot of anticipation and as soon as I received it, I started soaking up its rich and inspirational content. My thoughts were if it would be Dive that we’ve all been so familiar with? The answer is undoubtedly affirmative. But Dive has moved forward. It…

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Am Tierpark – “April Fool’s” EP review

Am Tierpark – “April Fool’s” EP review

  In celebration of founding their own label “Laebel”, Am Tierpark released the “April Fool’s” cover EP on the first of April. The EP covers five classic tracks from various artists and some of them were a real surprise. I was curious to hear some legendary pop/rock tracks in Am Tierpark’s interpretation. Bowie’s “Cat People” was the first on the EP’s list. I thought Bowie would be a challenging task, but it seems the guys…

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X Marks The Pedwalk – “Secrets” album review

X Marks The Pedwalk – “Secrets” album review

  The long-awaited Secrets album from the electronic music legends X Marks The Pedwalk is finally out. We were eager to hear their new material and see what they have for us in 2017. Over the years their sound evolved from ebm-oriented to more synth-pop coloured expression. And synth-pop is undoubtedly what we can hear on this release. They open with “Masterpiece”, a pulsating, dance-inviting synth-pop hit with Estefania’s leading vocal. The track’s catchy chorus…

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Peter Murphy – “Bare-Boned and Sacred” album review

Peter Murphy – “Bare-Boned and Sacred” album review

  Murphy’s latest live album, Bare-Boned and Sacred, has just been released. It was recorded in New York during his 2016 “Stripped” tour. He performed together with John Andrews on guitars and Emilio Zef China on bass and electric violin. The trio performed some of the most prominent songs Peter had recorded over his 30–year long solo career. The album starts with “Cascade” and we can clearly hear Murphy reciting the mesmerising words: “We have…

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Meta Meat – “Metameat” album review

Meta Meat – “Metameat” album review

  In these dark days where mutual respect is often replaced by spreading fear and hatred against the unknown, this self-titled album of Meta Meat is kind of the soundtrack to these fast-changing times. How accurate this album is! Phil Von (Co-leader of Von Magnet) and Some Kilos (half of 2 kilos & more and drummer for Von Magnet) worked together on this mutual project called Meta Meat on the labels Ant-Zen and Audiotrauma. Not…

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Fatal Casualties – “Filter” album review

Fatal Casualties – “Filter” album review

  I was rather curious to hear Filter after I had reviewed Psalm, over a year ago. I was wondering if this Swedish duo would remain true to their musical expression, and was pleasantly surprised to see they remained experimental indeed. “Home from Home” starts with the King Dude like intro thanks to Stefan, but just before I felt subdued by dark feelings, the track suddenly transforms into the recognizable Fatal Casualties sound, spearheaded by…

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Transponder – “Hammer and Anvil” album review

Transponder – “Hammer and Anvil” album review

  A couple of weeks ago, we received the new release from Transponder, titled Hammer and Anvil. For those who don’t know, Transponder is the new project by Freund 424 of now, as it seems defunct, Rhesus Factor and Hanz Acid. This is a 2 CD release with 31 songs in total of old school, mostly EBM, goodness, although there are several New Beat songs there as well. The first CD mostly consists of cover…

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Underviewer – “Wonders & Monsters” album review

Underviewer – “Wonders & Monsters” album review

  Are you also longing for that ‘old-school’ Front 242 sound instead of their, nowadays more danceable tunes? Then this album by Underviewer is a must-have. Strangely enough it’s their first album after their formation about 35 years ago. Underviewer can be seen as post-Front 242 with Jean-Luc De Meyer and Patrick Codenys as the pioneers in charge. Starting in 1979 they didn’t even have the chance to bring out any music before becoming full-time…

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Ultranoire – “Intronaut” album review

Ultranoire – “Intronaut” album review

  Ultranoire have just released their second album Intronaut. This release sounds like the perfect sequel to Disclosure. Even though they offer the recognizable Ultranoire sound, this album presents some deeper and darker atmosphere. It is synth pop for some more reflective moments. As the title suggests, I really feel it as an invitation to introspection. Ultranoire’s work relies on some 80’s electronic music influences you can hear on both albums. However, they really sound…

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Golden Apes – “M A L V S” album review

Golden Apes  – “M A L V S” album review

  Golden Apes released their 8th studio album M A L V S on 25th November 2016. The album consists of 13 utterly melodic, darkly painted tracks. The sound the album presents could be described as a mix of dark wave, gothic rock and post punk. However, the band is making those genres sound updated, alive and fresh. We can clearly hear from the first few tracks what this band has to offer. They have…

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