De/Vision – Subkutan – Review

January 1, 2006

Since 1988, De/Vision has become one of the best-known modern synthpop bands, with smooth vocals, crisp production, and a number of club and radio hits.

Absurd Minds – Noumenon – Review

January 1, 2006

In the fertile middleground between synthpop and EBM. They don’t stray into the harsh, over-distorted rage of some EBM, they don’t overdo the anthemic drama.

The Juan Maclean – Less Than Human – Review

December 9, 2005

Juan Maclean was the guitarist for Six Finger Satellite. Less Than Human is produced by James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy, aka DFA, underground dance legends. A couple tracks feature vocals by Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem. By all accounts, it should be one monster of an album. So what happened?

Girls Under Glass – Zyklus – Review

November 4, 2005

Girls Under Glass’s tenth release and first for Metropolis Records. Show Metropolis Records ability for snagging great electronic artists from other labels.

Danny Howells – Miami #027 – Review

November 4, 2005

Jam-packed with come-down bleepy bloopy deep house on one platter and skewed techno/spacey disco on the other. It caters to the entire spectrum of moods.

Wumpscut – Evoke – Review

October 28, 2005

Evoke is clear effort to reach beyond the industrial modes exhibited on earlier Wumpscut releases. It’s not a success, nor is it a failure.

VNV Nation – Matter + Form – Review

October 21, 2005

Elements of EBM, trance, down tempo, and pop, lyricist/composer Ronan Harris and Mark Jackson, achieve an emotional depth by approaching each song as a scene.

The Dissociatives – Review

September 30, 2005

Esteemed electronica artist Paul Mac began collaborating with Silverchair guitarist/vocalist Daniel Johns on what would become The Dissociatives.

PTI – Blackout – Review

June 13, 2005

A blend of EBM, industrial, synth-pop, and electro rock. Dripping nihilism and scathing puns delivered with strong harmonies, and soothing lullabies.

Psyclon Nine – INRI – Review

June 13, 2005

One of the leaders in the “Terror EBM” movement. Marshall Carnage brilliantly fuses black metal and EBM, adding guitars and string-textured sounds.

Pamela Martinez – Review

June 13, 2005

Originally, I thought it sounded too much like Björk, Lamb, or Portishead. But the band plays real instruments and experiment with classical strings.

Schiller – Life – Review

June 13, 2005

Schiller is a very obscure project hailing from Germany. I discovered them due to Peter Heppner of Wolfsheim’s guest vocal appearance on “I Feel You” on Voyage.

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