Autechre – Tri Repetae – Review

June 1, 1996

Somewhere between techno, industrial, and dub is Autechre. Call them a heavier Kraftwerk, call them digitized Coil, you’ll be wrong. Call them original…

The Moog Cookbook – Review

May 1, 1996

Ten grunge-era standards performed as if Walter/Wendy Carlos was the main talis(wo)man of modern music rather than, say, Sabbath or the Stooges.

Hellbent – 0.01 – Review

May 1, 1996

A techno/industrial “supergroup” featuring Jared and Dylan from Chemlab, Bryan Black from Haloblack, Charles Levi from Thrill Kill Kult, and Eric of 16Volt.

Gravity Kills – Review

May 1, 1996

Gravity Kills cover all the bases of formulated, commercial industrial rock. It’s plain and simple: If you like NIN, you’ll like Gravity Kills.

Ministry – Filth Pig – Review

April 1, 1996

Ploddingly minimalistic repetition of simple phrases and music that was recorded live instead of taking the time and energy to meticulously craft each song.

Cyber-Tec – Review

April 1, 1996

Featuring ex-members of Cubanate and Front 242, the pulsating rhythms of Cyber-Tec remind me of such veteran maestros as Ultravox, Visage, and Classix Nouveaux.

Con – Lucky 13 – Review

April 1, 1996

Toss together equal amounts of NIN, Ministry, Ultraviolence, Love & Rockets, Rick Wakeman, and Devo, and you’ve got a psycho stew.

13 Mg – Trust & Obey – Review

April 1, 1996

There are plenty of clicks, clanks, and chugga-chuggas for all the fist-bang maniacs out there, but the true beauty of this release is in its subtle moments.

Women of Sodom – Boots – Review

March 1, 1996

All the favorite songs are on this 12-track CD. “Manwich” features Ilsa spouting feminist spew while vocalist Anneka sings a lovely lullaby in the background.

Fault – Review

March 1, 1996

Thick, sludgy, piercing distortion on the drums, guitar, bass, vocals… you get the idea – it’s industrial. Nice use of feedback and noise shrieks.

Scorn – Gyral – Review

February 1, 1996

As would be expected, the beats are emphasized, and the bass EQ is brought down, down, into the subdued maelstrom of minimized audio loops and samples.

Psychic TV – Trip Reset – Review

February 1, 1996

Slightly more gentle than what I’m used to with Genesis P-Orridge, with the exception of “Mother Jack (A Children’s Story)”. Trip Reset will straighten you out.

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