Review: Angry, abrasive and thoroughly menacing, but in a 'still would drop in a club' kinda way, Futuro De Hierro prove there will always be a place in Spanish electronic music culture for industrial-leaning EBM chaos that forgot how to take prisoners long before any prisoners were up for the taking. Heavy, heavy music that's not for the faint-hearted, if the movie Blade had been real and there actually was a vampire club this is likely to be something along the lines of what would be played. Don't be scared, though, it's definitely worth braving the harsh edges at work here. 'Las Fuerzas Grises' is a broken beat joy that could pound any dancefloor into submission, whispered and barely-audible spoken word vocals adding to the feeling of future punk. 'Costumbres Y Medidas' is industrial techno along the foreboding dread-filled drone lines, 'Construir' sounds like 'Machine Gun' by Portishead finally found its warzone.
Review: Dutch label Enfant Terrible welcome back Leroy Se Meurt after the Parisian pair's sold out last EP a year ago. Again this one comes with mad punk influences, abrasive sound design and spangled grooves that will tie clubs in knots. It is also rich with the same sense of urgency and immediacy that defines their famous live shows. Wild and in your face, there is the dark techno of "Nefas" and rave shock of "Evasion" next to strobe lit biker disco on "Bapteme Du Mepris" and slow motion debauchery on "Lagim".
Review: It's as if throughout the production process and mastering session of Profligate's Can't Stop Shaking EP faulty connections and loose wiring were intended to give the two tracks a distinctly broken timbre. The title track, infected with a T.V-static buzz, marches with the most basic, but effective, industrial back beat drums, while classic New York electro synths offer a "Can't Stop Shaking" its melody. "Dormant" on the other hand is more frenetic in its arrangement, as megaphone vocals treated to a band-pass filter are embedded into a gauzy crowd of harsh textures and arpeggiated chords that ebb and flow between the despondent and uplifting.
Review: Pitch black antics by Greek industrial noise terror (and Liber Null main man) Unhuman, alongside Dutch modular maniac Derk Reneman aka Roberto Auser for this collaboration between imprints Gooiland Elektro and Enfant Terrible out of Holland. Unhuman (Emmanouil Simotas) takes care of the A side of the release, immediately treading the left hand path on the slow burning acid sludge of "Faces Of Death", followed by the seething EBM reduction of "Seven Days". On the flip, Auser lunges straight for the jugular on the brooding and contorted techno experiment that is "Avalon", followed by the pummelling four to the floor grindcore of "Unexplained".
Review: "Off radar dance music / elitist pop culture transmitted from the Gooiland area in Holland" according to the label themselves on the Noblesse Oblige EP " it is a gathering of artists with a different heartbeat and mind-set... uncompromising sounds for the real freaks ... in this case this means sweaty EBM, dark techno and industrial acid". Yeah we couldn't have said it better ourselves really. Take for instance the A side cut "Apertanence" by Zagreb's LCN, a slow burning EBM grinder reminiscent of early DAF or Liaisons Dangereuses, the always impressive Noah Anthony aka Profligate with his new wave electro-punk noir on "Come Back (Bleeding House)". On the flip we've also got some reduced industrial techno courtesy of Osty on "Untitled One" and the gritty and uncompromising techno-punk of "Neugeborene Nachtmusik" by Yoshiwara.