• Top-CDs 2006

    5 Jan 2007, 17:56 by de_spy

    I have to clear up my profile on the left for upcoming Top-CDs in the new year, so here are my favs of 2006 :) There have been many great CDs last year divided in albums, EPs & singles and compilations. I tried to limit the best ones to a top 3.
    Many well-known bands but also a lot of newcomers were releasing stuff during last year, the most in the following lists is out of the dark electro-genre. Here innovations have been kind of rare and a lot of groundsolid material was produced. But there were some positive exeptions though :)

    Best Albums:

    It's really hard to name a top 3 here. After some dithering I found my favorites in Die Sektor, IWR, Tactical Sekt, UnterArt, Mantus & Janus. But as the CD of Mantus is a best-of and the one of Janus a re-release, I had only decide between the 4 others. That was also kind of logical, because I was mainly listening to dark electro last year. But I couldn't strike off another artist... that's why 4 albums made it in my top 3 ;)
    • Die Sektor: To Be Fed Upon
      The debut-album of Die Sektor provides 11 absolutely awesome Harsh EBM tracks in perfection. Serious lyrics over brute sounds and tunes create a intoxicating atmosphere only shortly interrupted by some slower ambient-like songs.

    • IWR: Ground Zero (Ltd. Ed.)
      Another debut-CD is the 'Ground Zero'-album by IWR from Israel. A lot of different electro-genres are combined on this album. Ambient tunes meet oldschool EBM mixed with trance and industrial. The result is a more quiet but nevertheless propulsive dark electro-album with a great almost nightmarish atmosphere. Merely you have to take a smear with the additional remix-CD.

    • Tactical Sekt: Syncope (Ltd. Ed.)
      Tactical Sekt's second album is definately one of the best of 2006. 'Syncope' in the limited edition with 20 tracks blows away every listener. From the first second massive electro-power paired with haunting lyrics is blown out of the speakers taht you can't escape from.

    • unterART: Noise & Grace
      UnterArt is one of the most innovating dark electro-bands at the moment. Their first album holds a variety of awesome tracks. You can't prevent yourself from moving to the beats nor from humming along the lyrics. 'Noise & Grace' is a killer!

    • Other great albums of 2006:
    • Amduscia: From Abuse To Apostasy
    • ASP & Chamber: Humility
    • Cyborg Attack: Stoerf***tor
    • davaNtage: Split And Shatter
    • Dawn of Ashes: In The Acts Of Violence
    • Derma-Tek: Corpus Technological
    • Dioxyde: Social Phobia
    • Distorted Memory: Burning Heaven
    • Eisheilig: Elysium
    • Heimataerde: Kadavergehorsam
    • Hioctan: Concentration Overload
    • Inure: Subversive (Ltd. Ed.)
    • Janus: Vater deluxe
    • Life Cried: Drawn+Quartered
    • La Magra: Music For The Living Dead
    • Mantus: Chronik
    • Missratener Sohn: Maximum Hate
    • Muse: Black Holes And Revelations
    • Nurzery[rhymes]: Injections
    • Painbastard: No Need To Worry
    • Placebo: Meds
    • Poets of the Fall: Carnival Of Rust
    • PreEmptive Strike 0.1: Lethal Defence Systems
    • Punto Omega: Nostalgias Del Origen (Ltd. Ed.)
    • Rabia Sorda: Métodos Del Caos
    • Suicide Commando: Bind, Torture, Kill (Ltd. Ed.)
    • Stahlfrequenz: Coma Themes
    • Tamtrum: Elektronic Blakc Mess (Ltd. Ed.)
    • The Retrosic: Nightcrawler (Ltd. Ed.)
    • Unheilig: Moderne Zeiten
    • :Wumpscut:: Cannibal Anthem (Ltd. Ed.)
    • Wynardtage: Evil Mind
    • Zeraphine: Still

    Best EPs & Singles:
    • ASP: Ich bin ein wahrer Satan (CDM parts 1-4)
      Both releases of ASP in 2006 offer unequalled opportunities. 'Ich bin ein wahrer Satan' comes up in a 4-parts-single, everytime with another cover, a song of the 'Krabat'-line and other remixes. And there were also 4 different tokens to collect and to get the fan-single 'Isobel Goudie' at one of the last years concerts. You can't say that ASP is uninspired ;)

    • ASP: Werben (Ltd. Ed.)
      The 'Werben'-EP also convinces with attractive terms. The limited edition-EP is like a radio program. Jingles, interviews with ASP himself and even fictitios telephoners are brought in by a moderator between the songs. Furthermore there are extras like a magnet for the fridge, posters, vinyls and even more!

    • Grendel: Soilbleed Redux-EP
      The Soilbleed-EP was released another time in 2006 but with some changes. Next to the well-known awesome songs like 'Soilbleed v.3', 'Interrogation Leash' or 'Aspiration Feed' there are two new songs and some additional remixes on this EP. Grendel just rocks ;)

    • Other great EPs & singles of 2006:
    • Agonoize: Ultraviolent Six-EP
    • Combichrist: Get Your Body Beat-EP
    • Cyber Whore meets Krachmaschine: Feelings Will Die-EP
    • Heimataerde: Unter der Linden-CDM
    • Hocico: Scars-EP (Bonus CD)
    • Noisuf-X: Tinnitus-EP
    • Rabia Sorda: Save Me From My Curse-CDM
    • Reaper: Angst-EP
    • Supreme Court Featuring Feindflug: We'll F*** You Up!
    • The Crüxshadows: Sophia-CDM
    • Wynardtage meets Acylum: Lords Of Darkness-EP

    Best Compilations:
    • VA:
      Endzeit Bunkertracks Act II
    • VA:
      Accession Records Vol. 3
    • VA:
      Sounds From The Matrix 03
  • ANNIVERSARY - One year on!

    9 Oct 2006, 17:02 by de_spy

    Yaaaaayyyyy!!! Let's celebrate! Please help yourself at the minibar ;)

    Yes, one year on this awesome website - that's a lot of music.. in numbers: approximately 31,000 tracks scrobbled. Regarding my arisen profile since 9th October of last year there had been a lot of different alternative and dark music stuff going through my head. Starting with some , and , proceeding with , and up to the -genre including (mainly the harsh) and .

    One year ago my favourite band clearly was Janus. Nowadays it's a bit more complicated to say what's the one favourite... Anyway it's good to see Mantus as the top-artist of mine. Their music was accompanying me through the last year like no other. Thus it appears that a lot of their titles can be found in my track charts today. Janus still is the persistent follower, but in the last months I did not listen to much of their music. It's about time a new album comes out! (Okay okay, the 'Vater Deluxe'-CD is coming in the next days ;))

    Getting back to the favourites-question... Especially in the past half year more and more electro stuff was blown through my speakers. The motive is easily explained: my founds of music on the one hand and neighbours, friends (here and in the real-life) on the other hand have brought me more and more into the dark electro genre. One year ago there were "only" artists like Hocico or Amduscia. Now Tactical Sekt, Die Sektor and Agonoize have their place in my top 10 and still even more electro-bands are moving upwards in my list and when they sound creative and atmospherical they deserve it all :)

    Well let's see what I will be writing here in another year. I'm very curious about it :)
    And now feel free to take some drinks and fingerfood to celebrate the first anniversary! :)
  • My Top10's history

    25 Sep 2006, 22:30 by de_spy

    This little game-thing I just discovered while browsing in the vastness of and its user's journals.
    Let's take the Top10-artists and remember of the first song heard once several days, months, years... ago, the song we fell in love with and the current favorite song...

    01 Mantus
    First song: "Herr der Welt"
    Fell in Love: "Das Einzige was zählt" ...
    Current Favorite: I think "Die Letzten der Welt"

    02 Janus
    First Song: pooh... I guess "Isaac"
    Fell in Love: "Die Ruhe selbst"
    Current Favorite: hm.. "Der Mörder in mir"

    03 The Crüxshadows
    First Song: "Winter born (this sacrifice)"
    Fell in Love: "Sophia"
    Current Favorite: also "Sophia"

    04 ASP
    First Song: "Welcome"
    Fell in Love: I guess "Me" or "Und wir tanzten (ungeschickte Liebesbriefe)"
    Current Favorite: hm.. "Schwarzer Schmetterling"

    05 Neuroticfish
    First Song: "The bomb"
    Fell in Love: "M.F.A.P.L."
    Current Favorite: "Care (Greek Symphony Version)"

    06 Stendal Blast
    First Song: "Mein Babylon"
    Fell in Love: "Fährmann"
    Current Favorite: also or still "Fährmann"

    07 Agonoize
    First Song: could be "Sacrifice"
    Fell in Love: "Masturbation generation" or "Sheer naked aggression" - whatever
    Current Favorite: "Koprolalie"

    08 Tactical Sekt
    First Song: "Soulless"
    Fell in Love: "Awaken the ghost (final awakening)"
    Current Favorite: clearly "Not entertained"

    09 Deine Lakaien
    Oh, that's easy: First Song, Fell in Love & Current Favorite: "Love me to the end" ^^

    10 Die Sektor
    First Song: "Scraping the flesh (Alternate Mix)"
    Fell in Love: "Follow the screams"
    Current Favorite: I think still "Follow the screams" and also "Deathkill"