EOL-Audio Review Archive – X

EOL-Audio Archive December 10th, 2011

This is Part ‘X’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – V

EOL-Audio Archive December 10th, 2011

This is Part ‘V’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – S

EOL-Audio Archive December 9th, 2011

This is Part ‘S’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – R

EOL-Audio Archive December 9th, 2011

This is Part ‘R’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – P

EOL-Audio Archive December 6th, 2011

This is Part ‘P’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – I

EOL-Audio Archive November 30th, 2011

This is Part ‘I’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – F

EOL-Audio Archive November 30th, 2011

This is Part ‘F’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – D

EOL-Audio Archive November 27th, 2011

This is Part D’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

Please note that this writing is varied in quality and is not intended to be representative of the new content I’m creating for this site.  It has simply been uploaded in order to preserve the many hours of work devoted to previous websites.

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EOL-Audio Review Archive – C

EOL-Audio Archive November 25th, 2011

This is Part ‘C’ of an archive of CD and digital download reviews from EOL-Audio (1998-2007) and the early versions of Terminates Here (2008-2011).

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EBM

Genre Definition March 19th, 2010

Well, here’s a contentious term as if we ever had one.  EBM stands for ‘electronic body music’ and that’s about as far as anyone can agree.  The style was developed in the early 1980s, combining the robotic beats of Kraftwerk, the discordant experimental streak of early industrial and the aggression of the so-called ‘synthpunk‘ collective (the quotes exist because the term was a retroactive contrivance).  Or to put it another way, it all started with Front 242.  They had no shortage of contemporaries – all you needed were some simple drums machines, a synth or two, a few unconventional sound sources and the right attitude.  Or a pair of sunglasses.  Many of the early EBM bands lasted only an album or two, but a few had an enduring influence.  The German act Die Krupps played EBM for most of the 80s with the aid of their solid-steel ‘stahlophone’, while the English act Nitzer Ebb earned themselves a cult following with their hard dance beats, militant aesthetic and distinctive brand image.

The style influenced a host of offshoots.  Plenty of bands were willing to take the EBM formula and try different rhythm patters, song structures or vocal styles.  Canada’s Skinny Puppy are probably the best known project in the ill-defined ‘electro-industrial‘ genre.  ‘The Klinik’ from Belgium developed a minimal version of the style that would ultimately lead to power noise, whilst the 1990s saw a vast number of bands practice a hybrid that played a tribute to the repetitive beats of EBM and the sampler-based experimental bent of electro-industrial.  Other bands (especially Ministry) added guitars to the style, taking us to industrial rock and metal.  Style originators Front 242, Die Krupps and Nitzer Ebb would all pick up guitars themselves during the 90s before all going on creative hiatus. Read The Rest… »