EOL-Audio Review Archive – Z

EOL-Audio Archive December 10th, 2011

This is Part ‘Z’ 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 – T

EOL-Audio Archive December 9th, 2011

This is Part ‘T’ 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 – N

EOL-Audio Archive December 4th, 2011

This is Part ‘N’ 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 – M

EOL-Audio Archive November 30th, 2011

This is Part ‘M’ 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 – K

EOL-Audio Archive November 30th, 2011

This is Part ‘K’ 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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Coldwave (USA)

Genre Definition March 18th, 2010

This is one of those genres that has two completely different definitions.   The one described here is a short-lived, predominantly American industrial metal offshoot that adopts more of lo-fi punk rock aesthetic than it’s parent style.  I’ve only covered the American version here as that’s the only one I know anything about.  It didn’t last very long, thanks to Digital Hardcore’s success at getting a different industrial/punk hybrid a great deal of attention.

Key Bands

  • Acumen Nation, Chemlab, Christ Analogue, Cyanotic, Hate Dept, H3llb3nt, 16 Volt

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Digital Hardcore

Genre Definition March 18th, 2010

The only genre here that was also the name of a record label (except Darkwave, perhaps) and indeed a name of a musical cult started by Alec Empire and his best-known musical project Atari Teenage Riot.  The combined rhythms from various ‘hardcore’ dance styles, the abrasive guitars and electronics from industrial metal and the anarchistic attitude and lo-fi production values of hardcore punk.  They were resolutely anti-Nazi in their views, which might have seemed admirable to their target fanbase, but to those of us not caught up in populist causes, it now seems to have been just too obvious a target.

Anyway, Empire formed his DHR (Digital Hardcore Recordings) label, signed up lots of bands and for a while seemed to be the darlings of some sections of the alternative press.  The style even managed to pull away from it’s native Berlin and gain a foothold in the USA.  Alec Empire downsized the label a few years later as DHR’s moment in the limelight came to a close, though it continues today with a smaller roster.

Key Bands

  • Original Wave: Alec Empire, Atari Teenage Riot, Carl Crack, Cobra Killer, EC8OR, Hanin Elias, Lolita Storm, The Mad Capsule Market, Nic Endo, Patric Catani
  • 00s Developments: Ambassador 21, Left Spine Down, Moshpit, Panic DHH, Rabbit Junk, The Shizit

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Neue Deutsche Härte

Genre Definition March 18th, 2010

The genre Rammstein didn’t invent.  Oomph! got there about a year earlier on their second album ‘Sperm’, by combining their EBM origins with metal riffs and deep, male vocals (but generally steering clear of heavily effected vocals, common in other industrial genres).  What Rammstein did was popularise the style internationally – despite the fact that few of their fans outside their homeland understood their (German) lyrics, their fiery stage show helped them draw the lions share of the attention, often to the point where many of their fans are unaware of any of the other bands listed here. Read The Rest… »