Woven – EPrime – Review

February 22, 2002

Woven is the combination of musician know-how and electronic studio wizardry at its finest, sounding like Massive Attack and Squarepusher writing pop songs.

Venice Underground – Review

February 22, 2002

Ex-Jane’s Addiction bassist Peter DiStefano pulls out some aggressive techno, a distortion drum’n’bass adventure. Some pissed-off Sneaker Pimps-style vocals.

Gary Numan – Pure – Review

February 22, 2002

Pure has that certain Nine Inch Nails (Broken) feel. But rather than displaying Trent’s teenage rage, Gary brings a more refined aggressiveness to his songs.

The Damage Manual – Review

June 3, 2001

Take the four most innovative musicians of the post-punk wasteland of the mid-’80s, and use their body of work as a launching point. You get The Damage Manual.

Lords of Acid – Farstucker – Review

June 3, 2001

It’s hard to be profound when you’re sweating, but these beats are done to death, the “risky” topics are softcore, and a bored dominatrix isn’t sexy.

Chemlab – Suture – Review

June 1, 2001

The three EP tracks are old school industrial and worth a few spins, and for those into remixes of more popular/less interesting material, there’s plenty.

DJ? Acucrack – Sorted – Review

June 1, 2001

A fresh-ish industrial sound, beyond the Cleopatra/Metropolis vein, not-quite Prodigy, not-quite C-Tec mix, something to appeal to the new-bombed dance punks.

BS2000 – Simply Mortified – Review

June 1, 2001

Ad Rock and some other dude fuckin’ around on a drum machine/sampler and a Casio. If you accept the kitsch and try not to be so cynical, it’s pretty fun.

Voltaire – Almost Human – Review

April 1, 2001

The alchemical formula to transform formal, minor key violins and proper Victorian speak into an aural tickle that makes skulls grin and devils tap their toes.

Rosetta Stone – Un:Erotica – Review

April 1, 2001

Mostly obvious picks to cover all depressed and dark, though Rush’s “Spirit of the Radio” and Talking Head’s “Road to Nowhere” are unexpected and pretty swell.

Operatica – “O”: Volume 1 – Review

April 1, 2001

Sounds like Star Trek warble or classical, there’s nice ’80s-style retro kitch and drum’n’bass jauntiness with all sorts of “Ave Maria”-isms and the like.

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