ALIEN SEX FIEND: Classic Albums Volume 2

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Alien Sex Fiend is a combination of goth, new wave, and industrial that has been a going concern since 1982 and still continues now. The heart and soul of the band is Nik Fiend and Mrs Fiend who are like the Energizer bunny……..they keep going and going and going…….thankfully for us all. This is a remastered collection of four albums, and the second such collection of their music in this format. You get Here Cum Germs, Another Planet, Curse, and Open Head Surgery, which is their fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth albums. You also get remastered music, bonus tracks, a booklet, mini LP sleeves and a clam-shell box to store it in.

A fantastic collection of albums that showcase the band at the end of the 80’s and the early 90’s when they were getting a lot of interest in North America as well as the UK and Europe. It has them getting deeper into sampling and electronics and doing more experimental things, but still sounding like themselves. The albums have a great mix of cartoonish lyrics and manic music that mesh together perfectly. Here Cums Germs has a great continuation of their earlier albums, and a foreshadowing of the more electronic sounds coming on the next bunch of albums. Another Planet is just Mr and Mrs Fiend and they put together a great album of solid songs. From “Bun-Ho!” to the covers of “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones and Hawkwind’s “Silver Machine,” the album is a treat. Curse has the fantastic “Now I’m Feeling Zombiefied,” and a huge jump into techno, hip-hop style music that is strong on this album, but still retains the feel of the band. Open Head Surgery continues on from the previous album with a similar sound and has the band leaving the batcave/goth sound pretty much in the dust. The remastered sound gives the listener the opportunity to hear the little sounds that got lost on the previous recordings, and the cleaner sound makes for a better listening experience. The bonus tracks are a treat and the information in the booklet is interesting to read.

The band has gone through a lot of different styles and sounds throughout their career, but through it all, they still are Alien Sex Fiend. This band changes, but yet stays the same in a lot of ways………thankfully for us.

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BOOZOO BAJOU: 4: CD

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It’s been more than twelve years since the duo of Peter Heider and Florian Seyberth put out their  first record, and sixteen years since they got together. This album also features the guitar of Frank Zeidler, the violin and viola and mbira thumb piano of Stefan Pötzsch, the flugelhorn of Markus Stockhausen, and the Armenian duduk of Frank Freitag, as well as the synth playing of Max Loderbauer.

This is not a dance floor shaker of an album, it’s more of an album to put on at night when you come home from work or clubbing. Turn the lights down, grab a glass of wine, or brandy, sit near the fireplace, look out the window at the rain or snow, plug-in the headphones and let the sounds wash over you. The relaxed feeling on this album really takes you away from the crap that life can throw at you and get your mind into a clearer place. Track after track of layered sounds take control of your ears and set a course for pleasure, all except the first track “Jan Mayen” which reminded me of a Herb Alpert track with the horn playing, but I can always skip that one. I can use the word lush for the sounds on this album of interesting and well done instrumentals.

I really enjoyed this album, and will let my wife listen to it, as she has started to have a love affair with ambient music. This makes me glad that there are still people out there doing more than the minimum amount of work to create music, and succeeding so very well at the hard work that they have put in.

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DIFFUZION: Insomnia: Download

While they are currently in the studio recording their third album, Belarusian act DIFFUZION today have released their first single from the new album. You get five songs on the EP, two mixes of “Insomnia” and three of “City Of Dust”.

“Insomnia” starts things off with a tight and pounding beat and distorted vocals that gives this songs harsh electronics a great forum to kick up a noisy and pulsating vibe that really is catchy. “City Of Dust” is a more mellow synth pop track that has female vocals and flows over you and makes your head bob and gets stuck in your head. “City Of Dust (Junksista mix)” is a bit more deconstructed at first, but then kicks into a nice groove with some Euro house touches that give the song a nice dance floor vibe and get you moving. “Insomnia (sleepless mix by Eff Dst)” hardly has any vocals and has a cool UNDERWORLD vibe going on that brought back memories of spinning their music back in the ’90s and this remix would fit in great with a night of cool electronica / techno. “City Of Dust (Diversant:13 mix)” has a cool, bubbling sound that keeps the dancefloor in its sights, but has a bit more depth and it would sound great loud in the car.

A great taste of what the band is up to and it really makes you look forward to their new album. I’m going to be playing this a lot.

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HELGRITT: Helle 666: Download

This album from Las Vegas, NV resident Helgritt caught me off guard completely. The high energy album will get you up and you will feel the need to dance as soon as you hit play.

The album comes at you with blasts of Euro-house, EBM, and New Beat all mixed together in a delightful concoction that put a smile on my face right away. You also get a mix of different styles all mashed together on the terrific track “Abomination”. You get the great electronics mixed with chanting, harsh noise, and gentle piano to create a track that really stood out. From start to finish, this is an album of one great song after another with energy and a sense of excitement as a theme.

As I listened to this album, I kept thinking that this is one of the most interesting albums that I’ve heard in a long time, lots of fun tracks that just felt like a party. If you’re looking for an album that brings together the best of different genres and sounds like it’s a lost classic from the early ’90s, then this is the album for you…it is for me!

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THE CAPTAIN HATES THE SEA: As You Will: Download

This five-piece band from Chicago, IL plays post hardcore mixed with electronica and pulls it off. Two genres that have a ton of energy and have layers of sounds on their own mix together to take the anger and energy to another level.

The album has the traditional aggressive sound of both genres and pushes them together to take on a whole new fierce sound that kicks up the energy up a few notches. The songs come at you hard and fast, but the added electronica gives the songs more textures and depth that not only get your head banging, but your feet taping too. It does remind me of the experiments in the late ’90s that bands were trying to do, but this seems to work really well. Tight played songs, great dual vocals, one clean and one screamed that mix together well, powerful drumming, thick bass guitar, and the heavy riffing all added to the well thought out songs really grabs you. The standout tracks were “Catharsis (Feat. Garret Rapp)”, “Broncos In The Basement”, “Branches”, “Segments”, and “The Octothorpe”.

The album was a very cool mixture of two sides of a coin that would normally not be put together, but they managed to pull it off. This is an album that would sound mega-huge in a club played really loud.

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FORTUNE HOWL: Earthbound: Digital Release

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Orlando, FL’s FORTUNE HOWL has put together a new album of experimental electronic music. There have been some previous releases before this one, but this one shows a bit more maturity in the songs and moods.

The album has a lot of connections to the trip hop of MASSIVE ATTACK, and some hints of ambient all mixed together to create a masterful creation that gets stuck in your head and in your music player. It also has a world music feel to it that gives the album a bit more depth to it. Even though this is an electronic album, you get warmth and a sense of emotion coming through the sounds. With the album being such a cohesive piece, I really don’t have tracks that just jump out at me, instead I took the album as a whole and let the songs wash over me and take me on a trip.

This is a great album that would be perfect for listening on headphones or putting on after coming home from a night out. It’s not mellow enough to totally chill out to, but not energetic enough to dance to, it’s a perfect relax with yourself or share with friends album.

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ELECTRO PUNX: Doom With A View: CD

This one man band from Newcastle upon Tyne really does a great job of mixing things up on this eleven song album. You get punk rock, crust, a touch of ska and some electronic all on here.

Great gruff vocals, a wall of sound, guitars coming out of the mix, banging drums and a sense of having a good time while doing this all add up to an interesting release. Some straight forward songs “I’m A Leg – End”, “In Unity”, “Fight Night” and “Disease Or The Breeze”, the ska song “Time Bomb”, the electronic “Facefeck”, the doom song “Pain” and the rest of the songs with their mix of crust and anarcho punk all are well performed and have a nice edge that adds to the enjoyment of this album. You would never know that this is just one person, he does such a great job on the different instruments that it really sounds like a full band.

Grab this and check out a very diverse and intriguing collection of songs that will leave you wanting more

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