EAR Reviews & Interviews

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“To Treat this like a regular release would be akin to treating the renaissance as an awkward formality. Old School Electrology has been on the lips of anyone who frequents the EBM underground since its early conception, over half a decade ago. Concieved by Electro Aggression Records' very own Nader Moumneh, OSE is the once-in-a-lifetime fulfillment of a lifetimes work and aspiration.

This 'beast box' catalogues almost 80 different bands and styles, spanning the underground of Old-School EBM, 'Anhalt' Ebm, and Dark Electro, and for even the more potent of Old-School fans, there is at least three discs worth of new material and artists to sink your teeth into.

Naturally, OSE is limited to 800 copies, and already they're surfacing in every corner of the earth. This is a box set; the like of which I've never before seen, and the information, background and research put into the packaging and booklet is almost worth the modest asking price in itself. Marketed as 'a distinguished jewelry box combining the old school lure of natural, fancy colored rough diamonds', the release is themed around an army of skinhead miners searching for 'diamonds', each of which is mined and released on this opus. In classic EBM style, the box is littered with motivational quotes - there is also a heartfelt testament by Nader, a HUGE booklet recalling in great depth the history of EBM, Dark Electro, and Industrial music (this actually had a plethora of information that I didn't know), and a credit sheet introducing EVERY band on here in detail, with information on who, why, how, and where - quite simply a dream within a dream of anyone even slightly sick of modern day EBM.

Disc 1 on this beast is entitled 'Old School EBM', and consists of the following :

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Swedish Agrezzior are one of my absolute favourite old school bands, consisting of members of Dupont, Autodafeh, and Menticide. Their contribution; like most of their material, is the perfect blend of ebm, punk, and oi!, without the need for troublesome for fascism or politics. Astma (Sweden) are one of my favourite bands, and they finally break through to a wider audience with the classic 'Honor and Glory. Belgian duo 'Darkmen' are another act known to me, yet the ability to produce exclusive tracks that don't feel rushed, and could fit onto a best of compliation for every act I am hearing on here is still something mysterious and quite simply; chilling.

Some acts on here never grew on me previously, but the tracks unearthed here have made me reconsider that and add them to my shopping list, 'PP?' being the main re-discovery. More famous acts, such as Serpents, Lescure 13, K-Bereit, and the infamous tongue-in-cheek project 'Ugh...' give the extra stamina to the disc, and the acts that are new to me ('Ondska, Pact of Warsaw, T.A.N.K., and Oldschool Union) are among the greatest artists on the entire compliation.

As a stand-alone Old School EBM compilation, this disc alone would be a killer, but this is disc 1 of 5. What nuggets can Disc 2 hold?The line up for the 'Authentic Dark Electro' section of this adventure is:

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... let it be known that on reading this tracklist, I took a rather deep breath. Amnistia is an act that most of you will know, Morgue Mechanism (also known as Morgue) are a cult act that I believe to be from Brazil, Pro Patria are just timeless, and the rest I have at least mostly some degree of recognition towards.

What better way to open this disc, then with Slovakian act 'Terminal State' - their contribution is text book Dark Electro, but they are also living proof that EBM has spread all over the planet. IC 434 remains its usual, energetic self, and as someone who knew this act under its previous guise 'Tales of Doom', it's quite a delight to see that Geert is being recognised as much in 2011 as he was in 1990. This is exactly what Nader has been trying to get us to realise since 2006 - there is life behind the stompy, verbally pathetic drone that most of us are familiar with, due to the monopoly of club DJs that are all cut from the 1990s cord. Ebm started with this style and essence, and why shouldn't bands emulate it? Metal bands still emulate Black Sabbath all the time, and they're not considered copycats. Therefore, we should not consider any new band a clone of Suicide Commando or Front 242 a clone, either.

French act 'Brain Leisure' is one of the very few on here that I haven't heard before, and unsurprisingly at this point, it's a goer. Amnistia and Morgue Mechanism already have an established and dedicated fan troupe, and this will serve only to boost the disciples further. The four following acts (Necrotek through to Nordschlacht, Second Disease, and Severe Illusion) further their own interpretations of Dark Electro to compliment this boxset like a fine Gravy, and after the unstoppable war machine that is Pro Patria, we have the first truly unknown act on here : Red Test, a.k.a Chris Lewis. "Holy War" is actually one of the easiest tracks on here to get into, and it's potentially club-shattering. By that, I mean that I urge you all to watch this space. This artist is going to be huge. Object are on the verge of a breakthrough, and a double CD is in the way via E.A.R - if this track
doesn't seduce you into exploring the January Sales at COP International, then i'm not sure what will. Ascii spelling may deter the puritans among you, but tEaR!doWn are an act being heralded by many as the best on OSE.

This German quartet combines the best of Dark Electro and brooding EBM, and if anyone on here is going to be propelled into the Ionosphere, these guys will be a good wager at your local betting shop.

From the remaining acts on disc 2, Morticians remain the most unique with an element of Darkwave and Neo-Goth. God Experiment are severely under-rated and nothing short of brilliant, and Seven Trees, Trial, and PF7 can be recommended to most of the readers of this review without hesitation.

Discs 3 and 4 combine both Old-School EBM and Authentic Dark Electro, each being filtered to display similar acts in a 38 track melting pot of liquid gold. The tracklisting is as follows :

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I consider Disc 3 to be slightly above the others, but that is only due to personal bias. 'Breathe' (previously Placebo Effect) are a favourite of mine, and Splatter Squall are an act years ahead of their time. Who could possibly fail to mention 'One Eye Wanders'? This solo project by Nick Copernicus has been hailed by everyone who owns one of the 50 copies as being the next revolution, and it comes close, with Acretongue, to making the most apparent and advanced soundscape in recent memory. It's simply not possible to mention every act on here, but none of them should be overlooked, ignored, or criticised. Especially on disc 4, where I will talk about a few of my most admired acts : 'The Blister Exists' is a top quality Anhalt EBM act, previously known as 'Judge:Dred'. Venetian Blind, courtesy of Norman Klaus, is more of the ambient/IDM persuasion, but is gentle and poignant, Page 12 are dark and foreboding, and Bodyfarm are essential.

Most of you will recognise amGod, Stin Scatzor,and of course yelworC, but the point of OSE is not to highlight the established acts, or those who are already in little need of promotion. The aim of this is to re-introduce a scene that has been lost to modern marketing, and to prove that there is an alliance of artists all over the world that are equally as wonderful as their peers.
It's like Nader is drawing a family tree and branching each act to their ancestors. He's effectively re-writing the way we view EBM, and the 6 years of production and influence have paid off. The final 'disc' here is an accumulation of the 5 bonus tracks available by using your download code located in the box set, and theres no rock left unearthed when compiling this.

Beyond music. Almost beyond words, and beyond any expectations I could have had. This has to be on all of your Christmas lists.

Mission accomplished.” Written by Nick

“It took years for Nader Moumneh to achieve this impressive compilation featuring 4 CD’s. The compilation is devoted to EBM and has been separated in 4 parts (and 4 discs). A selection of 76 (!) bands from the 80s, 90s and a few more contemporary bands have been brought together. All songs are exclusive tracks or exclusive remixes or old demo songs that have been previously never released. This is a pure documentary, which has been reinforced by a lot of info about EBM in the booklet.
The 1st disc is entitled “Old School EBM”. No surprises here! We’re entering the good-old EBM style, which became that famous thanks to bands such as Nitzer Ebb, DAF, Die Krupps, Pouppée Fabrikk and co. I’ve been impressed by the great opening song from Agrezzior, which is one of the best bands from this sampler. A few other interesting projects are EkoBrottsMyndigheten, Oldschool Union, Orange Sector and Serpents. It’s also an opportunity to (re)discover some typical 90s formations like PP? and Ionic Vision, but also forgottenglories from the 80s and £I especially refer to DRP.
Over now to “Authentic Dark Electro” on disc 2. We can say that this style has been invented by bands like The Klinik and Skinny Puppy. Here again we get a nice cocktail of ‘older’ and more ‘recent’ bands. I’ve been pleased by bands like Terminal State, IC 434, Amnistia, Second Disease, Severe illusion, Nordschlacht, Putrify Factor 7 and Morticians.
The 3rd disc is an “Assemblage: Authentic Dark Electro & Old School EBM”. We indeed get a cocktail of electronic bands with the exceptional dark-electro deltaE (ex Mortal Constraint) as my favorite project from the entire box. This is a great piece of 90s electronics. I also want to recommend To Avoid, the intelligence of disharmony, YelworC, Splatter Squall (both last bands contributed to the years of Celtic Circle Productions), One Eye Wanders, Autodafeh (one of the best EBM formations from the new millennium) and NTRSN.
The 4th and last disc is entitled “Amalgamation: Old School EBM & Authentic Dark Electro”. The disc starts with one of the leading bands from the legendary Zoth Ommog label. I’m referring to Armageddon Dildos. Another great 90s formation is Digital Factor and we also get cool cuts from Injector (pure 242-style), Haujobb (which is a bit lost on this ‘EBM’ sampler), THD in the good-old FLA style, Elite!, Krafrt, Tri-State (a band that never got the deserved recognition) and Kraftakt for all lovers of DAF. I expected a bit more out of amGod and Sleepwalk, but it simply proves the strong potential of the compilation.
I’m not entirely convinced with the sub-division of the discs, but in the end we get a fantastic list of electro bands spread over 30 years. As a bonus you can also purchase video tracks via a password. That’s an opportunity to (re)discover Parade Ground (together with Patrick Codenys), Container 90 and a few other bands.
I sincerely hope that this series will get new chapters, but that we’ll not have to wait a few more years. This is a great concept about electronics and underground!

“Yes, the dream became reality: what has started as an idea from scratch in late 2006 has taken finally 5 years in the making, until we all can hold the result now in our hands. Ladies and Gentlemen, Electro Aggression Records (E.A.R.) in collaboration with their new partner COP International proudly presents with 'Old School Electrology Volume One' its first release after the split with Vendetta Records. For all of our readers, who haven't heard anything about all of this, here's a short introduction of label and this compilation, which is far away from being a 'normal' collection of tracks.
E.A.R. is the label of Nader Moumneh, a Canadian citizen, who's mostly far better known under his pseudonym 'Electrofreak', highly active at the online forum of the prominent Belgian Side-Line magazine. As being a die-hard supporter of all forms of traditional, old-school-like EBM and authentic Dark Electro music, he absolutely avoids all kinds of the still club-leading Hellectro rush. Through the years he has gained a kind of notorious stardom at this prominent forum. The years haven't been that easy for him, as some heated discussions about music styles in this forum often ended in insults and finally temporary banishments. Nader had to endure quite often online derailments, because he simply had and still has his own point of view, which he defended with heart and soul, if needed.
A lot has changed with the building of Electro Aggression Records, in the early years under the wings of Vendetta Music, and the music quality of the E.A.R. releases. Be it Object, KIFOTH, or Brain Leisure, E.A.R. could score massively and Nader could prove to all of his beloved 'enemies' his abilities to release quality Electronica music. As he started to call for exclusive recordings for an upcoming compilation project, no one could have expected, that the release date of O.S.E. would have been delayed over and over again.
Initially it wasn't planned to come out as a quadruple box-set as you hold it today in your hands, but Nader could collect so much promising audio stuff, that he saw no other possibility than to let this 'baby' grow to a 'beast'. The more of quality appearances ended of course in a lot of more financial investments than planned initially, but the dream of a stellar, unbeatable compilation-project was born and has driven Nader through the last 5 years. The longer the release of this compilation got delayed, the more several people out of the scene started to get doubts on Nader's ongoing online promotion, and if this compilation 'beast' would ever see the light of a release. Finally all participants, as well as all of you listeners, who have pre-ordered this epic release should be now able to hold this product in your hands.
To hold this stellar, heavy-weight box in my hands has awaken a feeling, which has been slept in me throughout the years of digital downloads and a fast growing, seemingly more comfortable evolution of media generally. And so it was with me: I received the long awaited package a few days before (thank you, Breda). Nervously I opened the huge envelope to hold carefully this heavy-weight item in my hands. While removing the plastic foil I had to take care, not to let this 'beast' fall to the ground. The proudly and satisfying feeling of holding something special in my hands has returned like a long missed friend. It is the same feeling, that I had experienced many years before in the days, when LP's have been the leading form to press music in a circle - every LP was a treasure worth to collect and hunt for.
This heavy-weight quadruple CD box-set offers the best and most well-thought concept behind a compilation ever released. In the word 'artwork' hides the word 'ART' - this unique packaging, the storyboard with diverse proverbs, and especially the long essay about this history of EBM/Electro/Industrial music written by Sharon Ortiz kicks out all earlier released box-sets of the field, be it any 'Endzeit Bunkertracks' compilation, or the still deeply respected 'There Is No Time' quadruple-set by RAS DVA (Hello Ric). This 'beast' stands for art, no doubt. 64 all exclusive tracks, 4 revamped demo tunes never before released on CD, and 13 exclusive remixes by the 'creme de le creme of the old school scene' - so the facts behind the audio content, and yes, this most important content holds some mouthwatering surprises worth to discover in stock.

Let's start the journey:

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The name is program - if you search for an ideal soundtrack for your next body party, this first CD1 works excellent. Best recognized names include the Autodafeh side-project Agrezzior (signed to Infacted Recordings), the Belgium-based Ionic Vision, or Orange Sector - you'll get a full doze of blood- and sweat-driven muscle-EBM. Striking is the fact, that the compiler has left the track-list of this first CD alphabetically sorted. But since most of the bands are sharing a quite comparable form of sound expression, which follows the traditional lectures of the icons DAF, Nitzer Ebb or Die Krupps, this doesn't alter the floating of these 20 tracks.
Furthermore there are some of the here presented participants, which need to be mentioned: It does good to see and hear the Japanese flagship DRP still alive. 'Electro Pussy' slows down the straight mood of nearly all participations, but DRP's adventurous vocal acrobatic is still that special term in their productions. Their one and only album 'Electro Brain 586' got released 1990 via Dirk Ivens' Body Records - wouldn't it time to bring out a new one?
Lescure 13, the Belgian side-project of Stefan Bens (Stin Scatzor) and the grandfather of all Hellectro-clones, Johan van Roy (Suicide Commando), surprises the fans with a cover-version of "Destructor", originally composed by Pouppée Fabrikk. Danish dynamite-project MachineSoldier returns for a comeback 5 years after their debut on Idle Records - let's hope, that this great talent will stay with us a bit longer and more permanent. Apropos "permanent": my wife was amused to see Mr. Mark D. Chicken alias PP? alive and kicking, one of the few, always friendly scene-people she has met personally. Moving towards to the best appearance available on this first CD, provided by the Hamburg-based veteran project Serpents. Their track "Komm Näher" unites brilliant bass synth-sequences with clever interpreted German vocals - Kazim presents one of his best compositions ever, and I can hardly remember to have ever listened to his tunes that euphoric before.
All in all 80 minutes of a perfect Body-music experience, although it seems to be clear, that the musically more demanding participants focusing on the authentic Dark Electro style, have to be discovered on one of the other CD's.

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I'm nailed already with the very first tone, because this second CD couldn't start any better than with Slovakia's Terminal State. Driving beats, excellent synth-play - 'Black Salt' is one of the winners of the whole compilation and I recommend to have always an open ear to the works of this talented Slovakian project. IC 434 a.k.a. Geert de Wilde, that's another Belgian veteran still active and hard working to keep his highly respected IC 434 project alive. His track 'Skullwatch' comes out straight and very EBM-like, so that this one may would fit well on CD1 too. Follows than another winner, Dominique "Brain Leisure" Debert, with a very near and more-than-ever-before Puppy-an sounding expression through his new track "Self Reality". I'm blasted, get ready a new album, Dominique! Musically relative comparable turns out the appearance of Germany's duo Nordschlacht, who have recently renamed into Pyrolline. 'The Collective' is a fine example of intense synth-pad harmonies, detailed bass lines and ominous, dark-sounding vocals. Pro Patria (welcome back Peter!) acts like a long-missed friend: unfortunately this Belgian EBM-veteran project has never received that attention, which it deserves. 'H2SO4' is one of those tracks, which doesn't fall under some strange copyrights of a greedy studio-engineer. Those awful right problems have blocked a possible and successful career until today - I hope for more, new recordings and a permanent comeback. Red+Test is a US-based newcomer and one of Nader's latest discoveries. In the first instance I really thought to hear Andreas Malik of Object providing the vocals, because the kind of fx-processing sounds relatively comparable. Also musically there are some relations between both projects, 'Holy War' is a layered Dark Electro anthem as its best! Same judgement counts for Andreas too, a new Object track entitled 'Humiliating Procedures' approves once again the magic programming abilities of this fine German Dark Electro artist. Never heard of tEaR!doWn? Well, it's the new project of the long-years Sleepwalk member Oliver Spring and another smasher in this 'best-of-the-best' overture to be listened on this second CD. I can easily continue to lay my ears on every participating track especially on this second part, because so much quality stuff pressed on one CD you won't receive again in many upcoming years. God Experiment, another newcomer out of Nader's secret stable, the biting snare drums of that sick Putrefy Factor 7 track (Don, come back and keep the dark flame burning!), the excellent, unreleased Seven Trees-track, or the return of the German veterans Trial, and, and, and...
I'm still blown - the only word right to describe this jeweled audio stuff is WOW!

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So we have reached only half of this fiesta for quality music, but now, with reaching CD3 and later CD4 the styles got mixed. 'Payback' by To Avoid is a good opener somehow offering intense stuff to balance Dark Electro with old school EBM. Breathe is the follow-up project of the German Axel Machens, one part of the too early gone Placebo Effect. Compared to his splatter-/horror-infected past, this tune turns out a bit too smooth. Authentic Dark Electro music has been throughout the years very near connected with the name Disharmony, although 'Access Points' is surprisingly straight and forward marching produced. Coming then to a personal favorite, Delta-E, or better said, the perfect reincarnation of Mortal Constraint with its original members Jürgen Fahner and Ingo Lindmeier. 'Acceleration' unites those typical Constraint-elements with noisy percussion works, unusual placed synth-drops and growling vocals, it's one of the revelations of this whole compilation box-set. Not to forget the integrated Verhaegen-like trumpet performance which awakes a true nostalgic feeling. Layered, this term also describes the sound outfit of the German one-man project MC1R. It is a shame, that Nick's music still flies under the radar because he proves to be one of the best and highly talented programming wizards available. Germany's kAlte fArben falls somehow into a comparable mood, 'Retrospective' can be taken word-by-word and reminds strong on the marvelous debut 'Trust', released by Danse Macabre in 1997. Thumbs up also for The Holocaust Humanity and their idea to install natural sounding male vocals with brilliant synthesizer sweeps - a high recognition value is save for them. Jihad, yelworC and Splatter Squall offer representative tracks in their very own style. Some would tend to say, the gods are on returning, and especially Peter Devin alias yelworC deserves applause for his surprising straight produced track. One Eye Wanders counts to the few artists, from which I haven't heard of so far. In this case I tend to rate this as being a gap of education, because such a fine worked-out tune filled with strange sounding, vocoderized vocals deserves to get heard multiple times! After One Eye Wanders this third part of the 'beast' turns more and more into the drastic old-school EBM style. The Severe Illusion side-project Instans sounds surprisingly more Illusion-like compared to the original main project, which we have discovered on CD 2. Anhalt-EBM provided by the German quartet of A.D.A.C. 8286 mostly keeps me smiling, 'Störtebecker' may is meant as a tribute to pirates? NTRSN, well, we have received another one of my favourites, offering a hard, typical Belgian-EBM-tune pretty much extracting influences from such cult projects like old Insekt or Liquid G. Just check for the difference in sound and production compared to the more NEP-inspired colleagues. No disappointment at all also for CD 3; it is rather the opposite, because you'll get the biggest diversity featured on this part. But the story goes on...

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The fourth chapter of this "beast" starts off with two German veteran projects, Armageddon Dildos and Digital Factor, both presenting tracks in their respectively styles. Sleepwalk surprises positively with richly arranged Dark Electro tune, which is better arranged than I initially expected, thumbs up for that good addition. Also Electric Tremors' very own project The Blister Exists impresses with a thick and fat arranged Body music tune. The biggest surprise of this whole compilation 'beast' is for sure the appearance of haujobb. Surprising in that case, that haujobb. have been always on the hunt for uniqueness through their long career when it comes to integrate more experimental elements into their music. The notorious old-school- / Dark Electro-factor they've seriously presented only with their debut 'Homes & Gardens', all further musically excursions of them normally don't fit into Nader's prey-pattern. However, 'Letting The Demons Sleep' is a new nice addition rather concentrating to point out details, instead to hunt for higher bpm. Venetian Blind then awakes again the feeling to have found a pearl, which I haven't discovered so far. Simply brilliant, I hope to hear more from this act! Total Harmonic Distortion, or shortly THD, haven't been gone and are still active signed to Tom Shear's 23dB label. But what a fine return they are presenting us with 'Reversions/Mutations'! Anyone out there remembering 'Mechanical Advantage' or the 'Hypocrisis' EP? This tracks is just like the well-received, FLA-inspired stuff available on these releases! With the exception of amGod alias Dominik van Reich, who stands a bit in the shadow compared to his old alter ego enemy Peter yelworC Devin, this 4th part of the 'beast' turns into the old-school EBM formula. U.M.M. is a Portuguese trio with a good talent, which still waits to get better recognized; the appearance on here should be helpful. The accents of some German lyricists of Frontal, Kraft, Defecto Nagrobek or Kraftakt are bringing back a smile in the faces of the Rivetheads, but this still proves the importance and influence of this language for the old-school EBM. Page 12 stands to closure this fourth CD offering a quite fair and well arranged tune, although I would prefer to have Axel Kleintjes a bit more energetic with his vocal performance, and better mixed to the foreground of this track.
So after all four CD's, this epic release ends normally. But the call for this 'beast' project has still be heard by a few more projects, so that a few more appearances came in and couldn't placed on the physical product.
Five so-called 'virtual diamonds' can be collected by a downloading procedure available through a password, which can be found in the booklet of this 'beast':

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It's hard to find more and more praising words asides terms like glorious, fantastic, marvelous, stellar, epic, monumental to describe the value and dedication behind this project. If you remember the 'mother' of all EBM compilations 'This Is Electronic Body Music' released in 1998, to me this 'beast' is able to reach a comparable meaning for the whole genre. It is an ultimate state-of-art for the true Dark Electro / old-school EBM listener, a release, which you surely won't be able to purchase soon again. It has seldom being available such a release, which fits that much on music and art like this one. It's a milestone, go out and buy it! “ Written by Marc Tater

“American label Electro Aggression Records, under the leadership of Nader Moumneh is dedicated to keeping the old school flame burning & so this elaborately-presented, 4-CD, 74-track box set, 5 years in the making, is a real labour of love. The sleeve notes make it clear that the concept of 'authenticity' is what this label is all about & that, in the label's opinion, it's only in the old school EBM, which covers disc one & dark electro styles, which can be found on disc two while discs three & four have a mixture of both, where this will be found. The first disc, in particular, makes no concessions towards variety of any kind, this is 20 tracks of pure old school EBM from bands, both old & new, who obviously feel that the old school style is THE only way to go. Most of them will probably only be familiar to real old school lovers, apart possibly from Serpents (who I always thought were a goth band!!), Ionic Vision, Lescure 13, who pay homage to fellow old school legends Poupee Fabrikk with their cover of 'Destruktor' &, of course, Orange Sector, who show their experience on 'Noise (head Mix)' with a track that somehow has that extra panache that the others don't quite possess. Having said that EkoBrottsMyndigheten provide another highlight in the form of 'Get Yours Fists Up', a typically raw, robust offering. Other artists include Oldschool Union, Presto Servant, Pact Of Warsaw & Synaptik Defect but, really, a complete run through of this disc is superfluous as, if you like old school EBM then you'll love this with a passion, it really is as simple as that. That the 'authentic dark electro' of disc two has a slightly less defined remit works in its favour somewhat as there is more room for a more personal approach, starting with Terminal State who should appeal to FLA lovers while Second Disease show their worth on 'Ecastatik' which, thanks to a varied rhythmic base, changes tempo & focus throughout its duration. There are a number of other acts present who were doing the rounds years ago but have been largely forgotten about of late (which could well be another reason behind their inclusion, I'm guessing), among them Brain Leisure & Trial while Severe Illusion opt for a more experimental, cold approach on 'My Car Is Burning In Hell'. Proving that this isn't just a retrospective list, the under-rated current acts IC434 & Object both offer enjoyable cuts, the latter's offering boding well for his imminent new album while Amnistia's 'Pretended' should likewise do their profile no harm whatsoever! The remaining two discs continue in more or less the same vein with a mixture of both styles being present & correct throughout with the old guard very much in the ascendancy, whether it's the dark electro stylings of Splatter Squall, kAlte fArben & Breathe, the mix of dark moods & pacey rhythms employed by yelworC, the expressive minimalism of Haujobb, Sleepwalk's impressive mix of percussive effects & melodic colouring or the pure old school EBM of Armageddon Dildos, Kraft, U,M,M., Stin Scatzor & Digital Factor, all your old school bases are covered while a handful of newer bands such as A.D.A.C & another under-rated band in the shape of Autofadeh keep the flame burning. Anyone who still holds a place in their heart for labels such as Machinery & Celtic Circle, whose importance way back when is underlined by the expertise shown by their old acts Page 12, who make sure the whole thing goes out on a hight note & Amgod, will no doubt find much to take them back in time while any Johnny Come Latelys who want to hear how they used to do electro before these 'future-pop' & 'hellektro' mobs came stomping through the door will no doubt find this an intriguing & educational listen. Indeed, it's a fair bet that, no matter how long you've been listening to electronic music or however much of an expert you consider yourself to be, you'll discover a good number of bands you've never heard of before, such is the compilation's commitment to exposing the obscure alongside the more well-known. To criticise it for any lack of variety is, of course, to miss the point entirely, this does what it sets out to do in no uncertain terms, in fact the only criticism that could be levelled at it is that the colour scheme makes the titles on the back cover a right sod to read under artificial light!!” Written by Carl Jenkinson

“To understand the value of Electro Aggression Records’ old school EBM and dark electro compilation Old School Electrology Vol. 1, it’s first important to get a good grasp on the things that it isn’t. Firstly, it’s not intended to be a history: nowhere across its four discs (plus downloadable bonus tracks) will you find style progenitors like Nitzer Ebb, DAF, The Klinik, or Leaether Strip. The book that comes with the set addresses those bands and others with an admirably complete sense of their importance, but it’s a literal preamble to the contents of the “beast box”. Secondly, as a passion project for label boss Nader Moumneh, the comp is not intended as an overview of the current state of those genres. Curated by Moumneh with a clear passion for his field of interest, each and every band was selected for inclusion by him personally, a mammoth task considering its seventy-some tracks, 5 hour plus running time and 5 year gestation period. That means that plenty of acts that may be pertinent to what’s going on in new old school EBM and post-endzeit dark electro (like say, Jager 90 or Dunkelwerk respectively) aren’t here. What it is, and what makes it an invaluable document of the scenes it addresses, is an exhaustively curated anthology of artists, the majority of whom will be unknown to even dedicated industrial fans. The diamond-mine themed artwork is appropriate in more ways than one: not only in illustrating the gems being uncovered, but in suggesting the rich vein of obscure but powerful music these artists are working.
Divided into a disc for old-school EBM, one for “authentic dark elektro”, with the remaining two disks featuring a mixture of both, OSE has a more than adequate canvas upon which to paint its vision. The first features the most well-known groups on it, with bands already known to EBM fans like Ionic Vision, Orange Sector, Spark! and Agrezzior delivering all the no-frills muscle and hate one would expect. Save for the perfectly serviceable but slightly out of place number by PP? there’s little stylistic variation here, nor should one expect or desire it; old school electronic body music is entirely about operating within the boundaries of the form rather than innovating it. A song like K-Bereit’s grinding “Blackened” or Ugh..!’s tongue in cheek shot at new school EBM “Rage Against Trancewhackedgoregalore” is unlikely to convert those not already on board with the classic template of metallic percussion and looping basslines, but do serve as exceptional examples of the immediacy born from naked aggression it can deliver.
Slightly less beholden to stylistic conventions, the disc of dark electro varies slightly more in form, dipping equally into the post-industrial and melodic faces of the genre for some exceptional and interesting entries. With entries like Second Disease’s “Ecstatic” and Pro Patria’s “H2S04″ representing the tense, sample-laden mode and Brain Leisure’s “Self Reality” and Nodschlacht’s “The Collective” the stripe of emotion that serves as the genre’s spiritual backbone, an accurate if not historical picture of the genre emerges. Placed next to a typically sardonic and nuanced performance like Severe Illusion’s “My Car is Burning in Hell” and the complex and tweaky “Humiliating Procedures” by Object, the disk serves to also highlight some of the more outre branches dark electro stretches into.

Attesting to the care with which OSE has been assembled, the latter two discs are remarkably cohesive for a mixed bag of artists, many of whom stretch the definition of the compilation in a welcome fashion. Having the synthpop touched “Im Raum der Zeit” by Breathe stand shoulder to shoulder with the lo-fi buzz of Stin Scatzor’s “Noise in My Stomach” shows the variety possible within the purview of the compilation, but also points out the finer ties that bind EBM and dark electro together. Indeed, some tracks like Total Harmonic Distortion’s “Reversions/Mutations” blur the line between them clean out of existence, while Haujobb’s “Letting the Demon Sleep” (presented here in a wonderful unremixed version) is far removed from anything else present, but still fits perfectly in place. One can’t help but applaud Moumneh’s savvy in contextualizing these songs with one another.
The truth about a compilation like Old School Electrology is that you likely knew whether or not you wanted to buy it well before reading this, or any other review. The specificity of its tracklisting isn’t going to appeal to a majority of the current industrial scene, and it’s pricetag is likely to deter casual fans or those looking for an easy gateway to some of Our Thing’s more obscured provinces. That shouldn’t be taken in any sense as strike against it. In fact one of its strength is in it’s single-minded devotion to delivering on its remit, regardless of any commercial considerations. Whereas most compilations that boast all-exclusive tracks end up being clearing-houses for sub-B-side grade outtakes and remixes, the worst of these songs is still serviceable, an impressive feat before you even take into account the sheer volume of material. Still, on the off-chance that there are still fence-sitters considering whether to take the plunge, it’s worth saying: Old School Electrology Volume 1 is a fantastic release, in every respect a labour of love that sets a valuable standard. In the integrity of its vision and the quality of the material and overall package there isn’t any other compilation that can touch it genre-wide, proof that quality and quantity aren’t mutually exclusive. Highest recommendations.”

In German :

“Nun ist sie da, die Compilation „OLD SCHOOL ELECTROLOGY Vol. 1“! Ein Traum wird wahr! Nicht nur für den Electro Aggression Records (EAR) Labelchef Nader Moumneh (in Kooperation mit COP International), sondern auch für Anhänger des Oldschool-Elektro, EBM und Dark-Elektro! Wegweisende kultige Acts geben sich mit Newcomern die Klinke in die Hand und feiern auf über 4 CDs, 64 Exklusiv-Tracks, vier umgearbeitete, bislang nicht auf CD veröffentlichte Demos sowie 13 exklusive Remixe, sehr exzessiv über 5 Stunden lang! Die „Elektro-Beast-Box“ wurde in 4 verschiedene Motti und CDs eingeteilt. CD1 steht für das Motto „Old School EBM“. Acts wie Agrezzior, Lescure13, K-Bereit, Orange Sector, Serpents, Spark! oder PP? zelebrieren auf dem 20 Track starken Silberling die Kunst der Electronic Body Music. Minimal, rauh, ehrlich, direkt und schweisstreibend geht’s hier zu! CD2 „Authentic Dark Elektro“ bietet zB umwerfende, bedrohliche, Songs voller düsterer Atmosphäre von IC434, Brain Leisure, Amnistia, Necrotek, Red+Test, Object, Tear!Down, Trial, Putrefy Factor und den legendären Seven Trees. Auf CD3 „Assemblage: Authentic Dark Elektro & Old School EBM“ überzeugen Kultacts wie yelworC, Breathe und Splatter Squall, ebenso Kalte Farben und MC1R, One Eye Wanders, Jihad oder Autodafeh mit majestätischen Elektroklangwelten. Auf CD4 „Amalgamation: Authentic Dark Elektro & Old School EBM“ werden wieder unglaubliche 20 Tracks vorgestellt. Namen wie amGod, Tri-State, Page12, Haujobb und zB Sleepwalk zeigen wie meisterlicher Elektro mit Tiefgang zu klingen hat! Neben einem super geschriebenen, ausführlichen Artikel zum Thema „Entstehungsgeschichte des EBM“, gibt es neben dem fantastischen Artwork zum Anfassen, sogar noch als Bonus 5 weitere exklusive Songs zum kostenlosen Download obendrauf. Nun bleibt zu hoffen, daß diese Compilationreihe auch irgendwann in die Runde 2 gehen und die Hörerschaft ebenso überzeugen wird wie mit Volume 1! Das Label Electro Aggression Records, Chef Nader Moumneh, hat das Unmögliche möglich gemacht und exklusive Songs von bereits seit Jahrzehnten nicht mehr tätigen Bands hervorgezaubert! „Old School Electrology“ - hier regiert die Exklusivität! Eine Zusammenstellung voller Herzblut, Engagement und Leidenschaft, die seinesgleichen sucht!”

“Ein Traum wird wahr! Knapp 5 Jahre werkelte Electro Aggression Records (EAR) Labelchef Nader Moumneh an dieser Compilation herum. Viel Zeit, die aber auch intensiv genutzt wurde. Dass hier ein Traum in Erfüllung geht, zeigt schon die liebevolle Verpackung. Ein aufwendig gestaltetes Booklet, das sich nicht damit begnügt, die einzelnen Bands vorzustellen, sondern gleich mal noch die Geschichte des EBMs in Schriftform abliefert. Auf den 4 CDs geben sich dann alte Heroen und Newcomer die Klinke in die Hand und schaffen zusammen 64 exklusive Tracks, vier umgearbeitete, bislang nicht auf CD veröffentlichte Demos sowie 13 exklusive Remixe mit einer Spielzeit von über 5 Stunden. Der Brockhaus des EBM!
Jede der vier CDs steht unter einem gesonderten Motto. CD 1 !Old School EBM!" vereint Acts wie  Container 90, Darkmen, Agrezzior, K-Bereit, Orange Sector, Serpents, Spark! oder PP?.Satte 20 mal Old School EBM! CD 2 beschäftigt sich mit "Authentic Dark Elektro" und lässt Bands wie Severe Illusion, IC 434, Nordschlacht oder Trial dieses Genre dem Hörer näher bringen. CD Nummero 3 steht unter der Überschrift "Assemblage: Authentic Dark Elektro & Old School EBM", wo yelworC, Autodafeh. CAP, NTRSN oder auch To Avoid zu Werke gehen. Auf CD 4 "Amalgamation: Authentic Dark Elektro & Old School EBM" zeigen  amGod, Tri-State, Page12, Haujobb und z.B. Sleepwalk, dass man Electro mit Tiefgang abliefern kann. Da das alles nicht genug ist, gibt es für den Käufer dieser CD-Box noch 5 Download Songs oben drauf.  Mehr geht nicht! Das hier ist definitiv ein Standardwerk und sollte wirklich in keiner Sammlung fehlen, wenn man denn EBM Hörer ist.” Written by Markus

In Dutch :


“Er zijn zo van die compilaties waar je bij stil moet staan. Waarom? Wel omdat de verpakking op zich je al uitnodigt om het kunstwerkje uit het rek te halen. Deze “Old School Electrology” verzamelbox is er zo eentje. Ieders ogen ter redactie vielen onmiddellijk op deze fraaie box maar ondergetekende kaapte hem net weg voor de grijpgrage handjes van de andere, aan hun pint gekluisterde redactieheren en – dames.

Ik was ruim één jaar geleden deze box al op het spoor gekomen maar de fysieke versie bleef me vooralsnog onbekend. Samensteller Nader Moumneh verklaart waarom; aan deze box werd veel langer gewerkt dan gepland zodat deze pas recent in de internationale electro wereld kon worden gelanceerd. Eén jaar werd vijf jaar werk, bloed, zweet en tranen. Maar het resultaat mag er zichtbaar en hoorbaar zijn. Meer zelfs Nader getroostte zich ook de moeite om in een, aan de verpakking geniet boekje, de internationale ebm en electro historiek en heroïek in klare (Engelse) taal uit de doeken te doen.

Uiteraard mag België dan niet ontbreken en dat doen we ook niet, niet in woord maar ook niet naar daad want heel wat Belgische bijdragen maken mee het mooie weer op deze verzameling. Ik som er even een aantal voor u op; Darkmen, Ionic Vision, Lescure 13, IC 434, Pro Patria, NTRSN, Stin Scatzor, Parade Ground (als extra download),… Niet mis voor een klein landje, maar uiteraard niet meer dan terecht al zult u net als ik merken dat de écht grote namen (bewust) achterwege werden gelaten op deze genietbare overdosis oude school electro.

Wie oude school zegt denkt meteen aan ebm en da’s ten dele zo, want ook de begin jaren’90 dark electro scene komt aan bod net als de meer industrieel getinte en hybride varianten al blijft er altijd wel een ebm ruggengraat in de composities aanwezig. Maar dat was allicht de bedoeling, een audio orgasme voor de liefhebbers van de begin jaren '90 authentieke dark electro sound!

Het eerste schijfje kreeg de titel “Old School EBM” en dat staat logischerwijs voor strakke, gespierde ritmes en minimale synths waarover heen vaak een sloganeske, rebelse stem het hoge woord voert. Eerlijkheidshalve moet ik toegeven dat ik nog nooit had gehoord vanPresto Fervant, Ugh…! of Ondska maar hun bijdragen zijn me sympathiek en energiek genoeg. Met een naam als Old School Union weet u het wel en verder leuks is er ondermeer van PP?, Lescure 13, Ionic Vision of Serpents om er een paar te noemen.

De tweede cd kreeg de naam “Authentic Dark Electro”, daar waar het strakke en dansbare ritme van de ebm de waanzin en het prettig gestoorde edoch donkere karakter van pakweg Skinny Puppy benadert. Zoiets. Hier hoort natuurlijk IC 434 thuis, maar persoonlijk vind ik het leuk om ook nog een keer namen als Putrefy Factor 7, Brain Leisure of Terminal State te zien opduiken. Ook hier weerom een aantal mij voorheen weinig tot niets zeggende namen, als God Experiment of tEaRdonW. Er valt dus ook nog wat te ontdekken. Persoonlijk vind ik de tweede cd iets minder sterk als het puur uit ebm opgetrokken eerste deel maar ik klaag vooralsnog niet een drop gulzig het derde deel “Assmeblage, Authentic Dark Electro And Old School EBM” in de cd sleuf.

Die generatie groepen zeg maar die traditie combineert met een meer donker, typisch jaren '90 geluid geluid dat met de jaren evolueerde en ook labels als endzeit electro, hellectro of harsh electro zal krijgen opgekleefd en dan vermijd ik nog termen als electro indus of cyber electro want deze situeren zich in het heden en daar haakt deze verzamel box af. Geen erg als u het mij vraagt. U mag het vreemd vinden dat we hier een naam als NTRSN tegenkomen, ik vond ze goed staan naast een YelworC, To Avoid, Autodafeh (die ik eerder bij de oude school had gezet), Splatter Squall of Collapsed System. Als u een trouwe volgeling van de scene bent is het niet geheel onmogelijk dat deze namen in uw grijze massa nog een spontane associatie oproepen met een nog niet zo ver verleden. Tip, het Zoth Ommog label.

Maar goed een meer dan boeiend deel dat het beste doet vermoeden voor wat volgt deel 4 “Amalgamation: Old School EBM And Authentic Dark Electro”. Met andere woorden, meer van het voorgaande en misschien zelfs met bij ons meer gekende namen als Armageddon Dildos, Digital Factor, Sleepwalk, amGod, Stin Scatzor, Page 12 of Haujobb. Als toemaatje zijn er nog 5 nummers via een speciale code, welke u in de box vindt, te downloaden wat ons op een totaal van 81 nummers brengt! Niet slecht en voor de liefhebber met een hart voor de scene is deze "Old School Electrologoy" box beslist een hebbeding dat vele herinneringen zal oproepen. Neem daarbij de mooie en verzorgde uitvoering en je begrijpt dat je een box in handen houdt die beslist een paar tientallen euro’s waard is. Als eerste release van het Electro Aggression Records label is dit een daad die kan tellen.” Written by Kurt Ingels

In Italian :


Per farvi capire esattamente cosa ci ritroviamo per le mani, è anzitutto indispensabile fornire numeri, prima ancora che sensazioni personali. Il progetto, nato in seno agli States per volontà di Nader Moumneh ed attuato tramite la sua Electro Aggression Records (ex-divisione della Vendetta Music ed ora affiliata della COP International), è il frutto di un lavoro di assemblaggio durato ben un lustro, contro le iniziali previsioni di un solo anno per il suo compimento. Questo perché, nell'arco di 4 CD - più una sezione web con 5 tracce ascoltabili sul sito della COP International - e per un totale complessivo di circa 340 (!) minuti di musica, è raccolto il lavoro di ben 81 act della scena electro: segnatamente 64 brani esclusivi, 4 pezzi rispolverati da vecchi demo e 13 remix anch'essi esclusivi. Mille le copie realizzate per questa mastodontica compilation: 800 destinate alla vendita, 200 spedite agli artisti coinvolti ed ai media selezionati (e ci onoriamo di essere fra questi). Esauriti i numeri, è doveroso menzionare la magnifica confezione del sontuoso box, imperniata su di un concept grafico che riassume al meglio lo spirito artistico di chi, tra sudore e rabbia, continua a predicare il verbo dell'ebm e della dark-electro nelle loro concezioni originarie. L'ampio libretto, oltre a fornire un'esaustiva storia dei due filoni musicali, evidenzia con forza quali siano gli intenti dell'intera operazione, senza mandarle a dire alla moderna generazione di gruppi che sfruttano i soli preset e/o le facili malizie di generi come l'harsh-ebm o la sedicente 'hellektro'. Nella lunga lista dei partecipanti troverete davvero di tutto: dai grossi calibri e nomi noti (Haujobb, Autodafeh, Ionic Vision, Orange Sector, Spark!, Terminal State, Amnistia, Severe Illusion, To Avoid, Disharmony, kAlte fArben, yelworC, Armageddon Dildos, Digital Factor, Sleepwalk...) ai perfetti sconosciuti e/o debuttanti, dai ripescaggi di vecchie cult band a chi da tempo agisce nell'ombra, tutti ligi alla causa di questo vero e proprio tributo ad un determinato modo d'intendere l'elettronica. Sarebbe davvero improbo sviscerare ogni frangente di un'operazione così imponente: vi basti sapere che la media generale si attesta senza dubbio al di sopra della sufficienza, il che significa che potrete sicuramente incappare in qualche nome il cui sound non vi farà vibrare la colonna vertebrale, ma non mancheranno episodi davvero esaltanti, al fianco di molte solide certezze. Ma soprattutto, ed è quel che più conta, avrete per le mani un vero e proprio documento che testimonia cosa sia stata e cosa vuole continuare ad essere la 'vecchia scuola', intesa per forza di cose non come periodo storico (la stragrande maggioranza dei nomi coinvolti è tuttora in attività), quanto piuttosto come modo di concepire il suono elettronico più oscuro, stratificato, tagliente e muscolare, tra spirito di sacrificio e grande creatività. Va da sé che, se cercate la novità rivoluzionaria dell'elettronica a tinte scure, non la troverete qui, ma non era certo questo l'intento, e quindi decadono i discorsi sulle pur palesi - e classiche - influenze di questo o quell'altro nome... Un'uscita di tale portata e così ben riuscita è senza dubbio destinata a diventare un oggetto da collezione, e noi, nel nostro piccolo, non possiamo che premiare con un voto importante gli sforzi di Nader e della fervida scena alla quale si è tanto rispettosamente rivolto, invitando gli appassionati del settore a non rimandare l'acquisto neppure per un attimo.” written by Roberto Alessandro Filippozzi

OBJECT - Mechanisms of Faith

In English:

“We're lucky that Nader Moumneh's passion and fanaticism towards Dark Electro and Old-School Electro is without condition - otherwise we'd already be hitting a big hurdle.
As the second official release by EAR (EAR 002), we have to contend with both overcoming the mighty label debut that was the Old School Electrology Boxset, and surpassing Andreas Malik's previous masterpiece, 'The Ethane Asylum'.

In typical extravagant fashion, this double CD kicks us off with 'Mescaline Crisis', and borrows the priceless vocals of Martin Sane (fix8:Sed8).
The track is a smoothly produced amalgamation of 90's style Electro-Industrial, with modern elements of IDM and Dark Electro. It's a rare moment where I can't really draw a fair comparison, but Object have always been that way - an act doing completely its own thing, and doing it with gusto.

Malik has always hinted at, and drawn influence from effects of the human psyche, and the mysteries of the mind, and it's a theme not lost on this release either, as 'Neural Explosions' will testify to. Interestingly, it's probably one of my highlights of the album, with its steady unwavering synth work, and its breezy, raucous nature. It's gentle Dark Electro, but agitating on the right side of un-nerving, and for all of those out there who like a lesson in musical pedigree, Andreas Malik is one of those teachers who will always accrue a following.

Audiences who prefer a more epic, involved track from the immediate start will call out the title track as their favourite, and it's actually difficult to think of any reason why a listener wouldn't single out this particular piece. As Object evolve, adapt, and progress, each release seems to mete out more soundscapes and ideas than previous offerings.

The contrast between the dreamlike, playful fey-like seduction of the music, and the rawer, more abrasive vocals make for a merciless assault on the Ear - you can relax and truly unwind to this release, yet the vocals make it so much more tangible and disconcerting - it's almost like the album is encoded to sequentially reflect the effects on the listener to synchronize with the track order - just as I enter this state of meditative purgatory, 'Dream Collector' kicks in, and I almost, almost dare entertain the possibility that this is one of the smartest, most detailed and cleverly worked out albums in memory - if this isn't deliberate, it's horrifically coincidential.

Omitting a few tracks (for no reason other than ease of reading), track nine ('Soul Seeking') features the talents of Sascha Lemon (LPF12), who to most of you, will be revered and respected as one of the older acts out there, with nearly 20 years in Electronic music, and a plethora of IDM albums. As disc 1 flows, each track manages to survey and draft together a completely different approach, and the final track (Empires in Peril) brings the album to it's most virile, right at the end - the introduction sample is how samples should be - short and memorable, and the beat of the track is insane.

If we dare attempt to have seconds, Disc 2 "Old School Conspiracy" is where trademark E.A.R. really comes to life. Featuring a pantheon of remixers (Literally, there are 12 all-time greats here, although I doubt this nod to faith is deliberate, if the act of having 12 remixes to reflect the pantheon is purposeful, then we have indeed something truly, breathtakingly amazing), two unreleased tracks, and some re-recordings of older tracks, this disc is dangerously potent, as it's quite revealing to see what other artists from the same niche can do with such evolved music.

Out of all of the remixes, the ones I personally have to mention are the ones by Brain Leisure, Red+Test (Chris Lewis also did the artwork for this release), Jihad, and of course, One Eye Wanders. I'd have bought the second CD for those four alone, but truth be told there isn't a weak track!

In order to truly give you all a reason to buy this, I'll not discuss the two extra bonus tracks at the end. You know they're going to be great - I've been looking for chinks in the armour of this release (and label) for sometime, and I haven't yet found anything major.

If the Blue, oceanic colour scheme doesn't add to the mood, and provide the full picture that MoF is portraying, then a pair of headphones will - an experience that you must undertake. Written by Nick.

“Already early after the release of the last OBJECT album 'The Ethane Asylum', bits of information about a follow-up entitled 'Mechanisms Of Faith' started surfacing and then there was silence. Andreas Malik didn't rush things with the new record and so it wasn't before 2012 before the record would be released as a double disc release.

Taking off with 'Mescaline Crisis' the album offers a collaboration effort with Martin Sane of FIX8:SED8. The manipulated screams are embedded into a garment of seamless melodic veils and crunchy drum patterns. Following 'Neural Explosions' marks Maliks' first vocal appearance on the album where rough beats explode like atomic detonations inside the mind. The vocals rise above the battlefield of buried crimes and grudges to become the tormenting voice of conscience. On the title track words become sounds and the voice disperses to a sequence of distorted frequencies to serve as an instrument amidst layers upon layers. 'Dream Collector' goes without any vocals whereas those aren't necessary to get the track anyways. Dramatic strings ascend to fall into the abyss being smashed to pieces by what once were beats. A ride through the landscape of an abandoned soul in full colour! Oddly enough, 'State Of Reality' almost entirely feels like a dream. It's got some of those spacey atmospheres permeating the whole track. Everything's like a lullaby, a lullaby of the end that draws nearer every day.

A lullaby steeped with 'Blind Obedience' to leaders deserving a firm kick in the ass. Buried under layers of cold steel and noise the soldiers enter the scenery guns blazing. The following minutes reveal a chilling beauty in the form of thick textures. The second collaboration is on with PLF12 on 'Soul Seeking' that at first glimpse does have an atypical sound for an OBJECT track...until halfway through it. For the most part cold industrial vengeance with insidiously hissing vocals and a ray of light trying to escape! 'Morphine Desire' is nothing but a raging current inflicted with noise, representing a soul in agony, desperately screaming for help while a melody hovers above to ease the pain a little. 'For Eternity' is the closest thing to a club track you'll get to hear on the album. Doesn't mean that you can expect easy listening though. You're being guided out of the album by the instrumental 'Each Slow Turn' offering shifting rhythms and a constantly prevalent atmospheric backdrop to enjoy.

The second disc, entitled 'Old-School Conspiracy', holds another album's worth of remixes and a few unreleased demos. Let's start with the 'Robotiko Rejekto Remix' of 'Blood Patch' which turns out as a straightforward, more club-friendly version of the track. Something you cannot say about the rendition BRAIN LEISURE delivered of 'Density Of Fear', but then again, Dominique Debert never was one to just copy and paste another rhythm on a given track. The whole thing appears to be a musical horror film with occasional forays into brighter regions. In case you found the original 'Mescaline Crisis' being too much o f a simple adventure, the 'Sleepwalk burnout mix' goes for a non-linear take on the track, cuts out pieces and puts them back in elsewhere. The two following perspectives on 'Morphine Desire' show sufficiently how different views of artists can be. AMGOD turns it into a 4/4 standard club tune, while ONE EYE WANDERS...well, let's just say were playing around a little and see what comes out.

Last but not least I found a little gem close to the end with the PYRROLINE remix of one of the last albums tracks 'Existence On Trial' that shines with atmospheric grace and a minimalist rhythmic costume. I just can't stop listening. Both the following demos are void of any vocals and just stick to the build itself. 'Static Motion' definitely is the strongest of them and I wonder how the final version would sound. Something that should end up on a possible future album! So we've reached the very end. If you're still reading this I salute you! Now to the album: More than anything 'Mechanisms of Faith' needs time. Compared to this one 'The Ethane Asylum' was a catchy record by OBJECT standards. The layers start to unravel more slowly and melodies don't unfold as quickly either, once they do, it's pure bliss and you'll discover more bits and details by the minute. If you're into sophisticated old-school electronics you should have this album in your collection!” Written by Sebastian Huhn

“Fourth official album of this German one-man project now released by Electro Aggression Records, so this label continues the fruitful cooperation with COP International after the spectacular 'Old School Electrology' quadruple-box-set-'beast'. Both, label and artist, have already collaborated with the release of the last Object-album 'The Ethane Asylum', which has been out in 2008 under the wings of the Denver-based Vendetta-Records label. This new album release leads the listener once again into the mysterious world of a quality Dark Electronica music-experience. The teachers of Andreas Malik come easily and quick to mind while spinning this nice looking DCD album over and over again: Mentallo & The Fixer, 'Too Dark Park'-like Puppy and affiliates have had their impact on Andreas. This won't surprise his experienced listeners as they could never-ever imagine, that Andreas would fall into a conflict to change anything drastically. This very special, layered form of Dark Electro music has always been Andreas' kind to express him artistically, any change would rather confuse. So you'll get the expected doze of a monumental produced Dark Electro album, on which Andreas' tricky synthesizer-programming skills receive the full amount of attention.
Where to start and where to end this review? That was a constant question with me, when it comes to name highlights out of this album. It is just too simple to name the opener 'Mescaline Crisis' as being the ultimate tune available here, as this one adds successfully vocals and lyrics of Martin Sane of Fix8:Sed8 - so yes, of course, this tune is awesome with its diverse rhythm programs. I personally have found preferences in the beautiful arranged title track as being one of the tunes in an ongoing row, on which Andreas could integrate the most successful his opulent, melodic synthesizer arrangements, treated with a constant produced kick-and-snare work and his mostly fx-manipulated vocals. By picking out further pearls of this generally epic sounding album, I tend to name 'Soul Seeking (feat. Sascha Lemon of LPF12)' and the 'Album Version' of his compilation-appearance for the German Electro Arc label ("Electro Arc Compilation Vol 2"), 'Empires in Peril', as being tracks worth to include on this highlight-list. To integrate a bit variation, Andreas has also decided to add some instrumental tunes, which can be discovered with nearly every fourth track. While 'Dream Collector' isn't to me a savior, I fall on my knees and praise the Lord for 'Distant Memories" and 'Density of Fear', as these both are masterpieces and give a lesson to any Electronic musician who is trying to produce thrilling, futuristic sounding instrumental tunes. More than 76 minutes of brilliant produced Electro/Industrial-music in this special Puppy-an style finally find an end after 15 tracks, but you still get the impression, that you have forgotten some valuable content hidden in between the tracks. Good to know and to hear, that this album offers enough treasures worth to discover also after the 20th + spinning. Which of the latter productions you can serious remember offers such a quality?
But this positive madness doesn't stop after this first CD - the second one has to be praised too. Under the working title 'Old School Conspiracy' it initially looks, that you'll get your usual remix contribution bonus-CD. The main content holds remixes, right, but the featured names are promising something special. Someone out there who can remember Robotiko Rejekto, a German cult-EBM-duo releasing on Technodrome/Zyx Records in the late 80s? They are back again, reanimated and vital with a hard stomping remix on 'Blood Patch', a track which has been originally released on Andreas' second album 'The Reflecting Skin'. Also the duo of Controlled Fusion returns with a remix on the second part of 'Blood Patch'. As for further remixes, which are taken from the original new album, you'll get a breathtaking remix on the instrumental tune 'Density of Fear' by the French genius Brain Leisure. 'Mescaline Crisis', the cooperation with Martin Sane (Fix8:Sed8), gets some revamped versions by Sleepwalk (fantastic layered and tastefully arranged - who has given the Ruch-brothers a Vitamin C-pill after the departure of O. Spring?), Germany's Second Disease and the US-newcomer C. Lewis, a.k.a. Red + Test (when comes out an official album, gentlemen?). Additional works can be discovered by amGod, One Eye Wanders, Jihad ('Morphine Desire'), as well as Pyrolline and Abscess, who have buried out another goody out of the Object archives, 'Existence on Trial', originally released of the predecessor 'The Ethane Asylum'.
And - reward, reward - you'll get two additional bonus demo tracks with 'Static Motion' and 'End of Line'. A quite fair, better said, good quality content and an ideal second CD to dive deep into the musical dimension of Object
While I highly recommend you, to purchase this awesome looking DCD set with its tasteful icy landscape well packaged in a digi-pack, I generally need to bring to your attention, to consume this album with enough free time. The richly included details and fx-gimmicks hidden in Andreas' arrangements are part of this album production well worth to discover - to listen to this album in a rush will offer you only a glimpse, but not the complete content. So take your time and explore this epic and monumental Dark Electro release.” by Marc Tater

“After the “Old School Electrology”-box the new label Electro Aggression Records has finally released its 1st artist. I expected a rather ‘old-school’ electro act and that’s precisely what Object stands for. This German project set up by Andreas Malik became a quite renowned name in the EBM underground during the 90s. After the millennium Object got a kind of consecration as Broken Seal and Vendetta Music got the band flying under their wings. The 4th full length has now been released after a hiatus of 4 years.
The 1st disc starts off featuring Martin Sane (Fix8:Sed8) on vocals. Musically, the song totally reflects all the influences of Object. We can speak about a mix of Mentallo & The Fixer and early Skinny Puppy. But especially, Mentallo & The Fixer sounds like the main source of inspiration. There’s a similar complexity in sound although Object is probably a little bit more accessible. Even if the sound isn’t that new or original, there aren’t many bands sharing the dark electronics à la Mentallo & The Fixer. That’s precisely what makes the force behind this production.
Andreas Malik excels in the writing of dark atmospheres and an obscure EBM approach. His vocals are rather spooky and enigmatic, which matches with the music. And the least I can say is that the sound is not the typical 4 x 4 EBM pattern we’re all familiar with. Sascha Lemon of LPF12 was also featured on the album (cf. “Soul Seeking”), which is also a kind of prelude to a great final chapter of the album.
“Morphine Desire”, “Empires In Peril” and “Each Slow Turn” are excellent dark tracks. Even if this project is inspired by ‘old-school’ the music will be never be a stereotype. The only reproach I will make concerns the similarity between all songs.
The 2nd disc mainly features remixes by some noticeable bands like Robotiko Rejekto, Second Disease, Abscess, Brain Leisure, Sleepwalk, Controlled Fusion ao. We here again get a selection of mainly ‘old-school’ bands, but most of them really add a bonus to this album. One of the greatest remixes is the one made by Robotiko Rejekto. This project from the early Zoth Ommog-school added some interesting sounds to “Blood Patch”. Controlled Fusion did a remix of the same song in an explicit EBM style. One of the main surprises concerns the sexy remix of “Density Of Fear” by Brain Leisure. The “Red+Test Remix” of “Mescaline Crisis” is another one to keep in mind. The remix of “Existence On Trial” by Abscess sounds a bit pop-like, which is rather surprising if you know the sound of Abscess.
Last, but not least we also get 2 previously unreleased demo songs at the end of the album. It seems like the demos show an unknown facet of Object, which is more wafting and less powerful.
Object never became a leading formation from the scene although I’m sure the project is known by every passionate EBM-lover. It’s pretty cool to have this project back on track!

“As sounds, styles and fashions change there will always be that percentage that stick firmly to the belief that the old ways are best. Unfortunately though it is rare in the case of bands that those trying to be "Old School" sound anything other than outdated and old hat to most ears. But every now and then there comes a band that gets the formula just right.
Object is one such band. Their blend of old school beats, melodies and even vocals recalls genre favourites such as Skinny Puppy and Frontline Assembly. But it is deeper than merely a stylistic similarity. Andreas Malik has the same penchant for complex and engaging songwriting as his influences. Songs like 'Mescaline Crisis', 'Blind Obedience', 'Soul Seeking' and 'Empires In Peril' are prime examples of this and instantly sound like genre classics.
Most refreshing though is the lack of generic dance beats especially as some of the songs could quite easily be transformed into another track for the European dance floors. What you get instead is an intelligent and thoughtful experience that requires to be listened to.
The production is nice and modern with just the right amount of fuzz on the vocals and samples to give them an organic feel. However the mix does occasionally engulf the vocals to the point where they become a vague drone in the song. But as a whole the album is a fine effort and worthy of inclusion alongside the likes of Skinny Puppyand Frontline Assembly.” By Sean Palfrey

“Joining forces with the Electro Aggression label means Andreas Malik has been fully able to indulge the old school industrial leanings that his music as Object has always possessed, doing away with the complex melodic style that has always been his trademark in favour of a more muscular, rhythmic style where the beefy rhythms propel the 15 tracks like a sonic juggernaut on this, his fourth release. This is something of a double-edged sword in that, while the somewhat uniform style of the album proper means that the variety that made his past works so compelling is sadly missing & with so many tracks on offer, the inspiration is sometimes spread a bit thin but, even so, it’s hard not to get swept up in the heavy rhythms that are a constant facet of the album & there is still enough room for Malik to work his magic, as he does early on by laying down some memorable riffs on the strong opener that is ‘Mescaline Crisis’ & setting the scene for Martin Sane of Fix8:Sed8’s vocals which the effects they’re subjected to ensure aren’t that different from Malik’s own & while neither are as expressive as they might have been they do at least avoid the usual ‘harsh whispered’ style that so many EBM bands adopt, which is another favourable aspect in the label’s ‘old school or nothing’ mantra while the Kraftwerk-like sequences that add a slightly quirkier flavour to ‘State Of Reality’ with its added Blade Runner samples & the oriental touches that crop up during ‘Dream Collector’ see Malik stretching himself musically by bringing a wider range of influences into his music while the bass chords that shift beneath the surface like a dark miasma help make ‘Blind Obedience’ one of the highlights of the album. It’s when he stretches himself in this manner that the album is at its best with the title track similarly benefitting from another memorable chorus while the ‘anything could happen’ feel that characterises ’Urban Claustrophobia’ makes for another strong offering that really demonstrates what he’s capable of. This is proven even further by the excellent instrumentals ‘Density Of Fear’, which features a sample of Humphrey Bogart & the closing ‘Each Slow Turn’ where some big sweeps of sound lead into a fine track, both of which show where his true strengths lie; creating complex, multi-layered melodic dark electro, as is proven further by the two unreleased demos that bring up the rear, so to speak, on the second disc which is entitled ‘Old School Conspiracy’ & which is a sort of over view of Object’s career so far, featuring the odd alternative version from Malik himself as well as a host of remixes (all old school, natch) of tracks from this & earlier releases from such artists as Sleepwalk & Second Disease, both of whom do a good job of reinterpreting ‘Mescaline Crisis’ while Respirance’s melodic vocals, which could easily be mistaken for Seabound’s Frank Spinath, seem to dictate that the two versions of another older track, ‘Existence On Trial’ from Abscess & Pyrroline would have to be the most commercial offerings in the whole set, both also benefitting from a nicely full melodic feel that compliments the vocals perfectly. Occasionally, this can get a little on the experimental side which might be a little challenging for some but that’s what the label is all about &, when taken but, overall, the variety on display is a definite plus while the more adventurous touches do at least mean you won’t get too comfortable & that’s surely a good thing, no?”

In German:

“Wer dachte es gäbe keinen phantastischen Darkelektro mehr, der täuscht sich! OBJECT, stammt aus dem wunderschönen Bayern, und schickt sich an mit dem 4.Longplayer die bisherigen, bekannten Darkelektrogötter vom Thron zu stossen!

Meisterhaft beginnt sich der Silberling mit dem einladenden ersten Song „Mescaline Crisis“ zu drehen. Bei diesem Stück holte sich der Klangmagier Andreas Malik, Matrin Sane von der Band Fix 8:Sed8 ins Boot. Bei genanntem Lied wird der Hörer perfekt auf die Reise durch Objects Klangwelten vorbereitet. Treibende Düstersounds lassen aus „Neural Explosions“ eine beeindruckende Nummer für die Clubs entstehen. „The Mechanisms of Faith“ sprüht voller Atmosphäre, Vielschichtigkeit und einem super Refrain. Das folgende Stück, „Dream Collector“, kommt ganz ohne Gesang daher, was der Sache aber keinen Abbruch tut! „ State of Reality“ besticht durch verspulte, albtraumhafte Sequenzen und „Blind Obedience“ durch bedrohliche Stimmung, gepaart mit traumhaften Flächensounds und einem sehr guten Melodiebogen. Im Midempobereich ist das stimmige und sehr sphärische „Under Zero Halo“ anzusiedeln. Unglaubliche Abwechslung gibt es bei „Distant Memories“ zu hören. Dachte man, der Song wäre durchschaut, ändert sich dieser über die komplette Länge stilistisch an die 5 Mal in genialer Art und Weise! Hut ab! Absolute Königsklasse gibt es auch bei „Soul Seeking (Feat. LPF12)“ zu hören! Clubtauglich, aber dennoch mit genug Augenmerk auf Atmosphäre, Anspruch und Melodie – ein perfektes Verhältnis! Das soundtrackartige „Morphine Desire“ leitet über zu „For Eternity“. Der Mix aus pumpenden Beats, frickeligen Sounds und dem packenden Chorus macht aus dem Track einen der Überhits auf „Mechanisms of Faith“. Nahezu poppig startet „Density of Fear“, ein meisterhaftes Instumental, welches viel positive Energie freizusetzen vermag. Da setzt auch „Urban Claustrophobia“ an. Diese Stimmung und dieser unglaubliche Flächensound, den Object hier präsentiert, gehört mit zum Besten, was jemals aus der Darkelektroschublade hervorgezaubert wurde! Auch „Empires in Peril (Album version)“ kommt bombastisch daher und weiss von der ersten Sekunde an den Hörer in seinen Bann zu ziehen. Die verschachtelte Soundtracknummer „Each Slow Turn“ stellt das Ende des 15 Song starken Albums dar.

Aber...es ist nicht ganz Schluss! Denn, wem das normale Album nicht reicht und immernoch nicht genug bekommen hat, der erhält mit CD2 einen kompletten Silberling voll mit Remixes! Bands wie Brain Leisure, Sleepwalk, Pyrroline, Robotiko Rejekto, One Eye Wanders, Abscess, Red+Test, Controlled Fusion, Second Disease, Jihad und amGod haben Songs von Andreas Malik aka Object durch den Remixwolf gedreht und grossartige, neue Interpretationen entstehen lassen!

Fazit: grandiose Kompositionen, welche in einem spannenden Darkelektrohörerlebnis allererster Sahne münden! Besser kann man Darkelektro nicht klingen lassen! 155 Minuten Ohrenschmaus! Danke Object! “

BODYSTYLER: Hallo Andreas, was machst Du so in diesem leider arg grauen und kalten Frühjahr 2012?
ANDREAS MALIK: Rumgammeln, Malochen, Musik hören, Kochen, den Müll rausbringen, die neue Burial-EP hören, Staubsaugen. Das Übliche eben. Allerdings baue ich auch gerade mein Studio etwas um: ein neuer PC und ein neuer Cubase. Das heißt einige Wochen in die neue Materie vertiefen. Ich hasse es jetzt schon!

BODYSTYLER: Du steckst mitten in der Album-Veröffentlichung. Ist das eine besonders stressige Zeit für Dich? Genießt Du sie oder wie gehst Du damit um?
ANDREAS MALIK: Ein bissl stressig ist es zur Zeit natürlich schon. Interviews, Fotoshootings (okay, das ist gelogen!), Promotermine (auch gelogen!), aber so ein neues Album ist wie ein neues Baby und da ist man(n) natürlich schon stolz drauf und genießt selbstverständlich diesen kühnen Moment.

"Bei mir stimmen weder Optik noch Musik und trotzdem bin ich vergleichsweise erfolgreich."

BODYSTYLER: Es gab vor der Veröffentlichung von „Mechanisms of Faith“ einige Zweifel, ob Du es schaffen würdest, an das wirklich großartige Level von "The Ethane Asylum" heranzukommen. Stressen Dich solche Erwartungen von außen? Hattest Du selbst auch diese Zweifel, oder lässt Dich das kalt?
ANDREAS MALIK: Zweifel hatte ich keine. Falls doch, dann würde nur eine Menge Druck entstehen und unter Druck musizieren funktioniert bei mir nicht. Ich habe auch nie vor, mich zwanghaft musikalisch weiter entwickeln zu wollen. Mir ging es wie immer eher darum, meinen Stil weiter zu verfeinern. Okay, ich habe mir diesmal vielleicht auch mehr Zeit gelassen. An einigen Tracks habe ich teilweise wochenlang herum gefriemelt. Ein wenig perfektionistisch bin ich wohl schon veranlagt.

BODYSTYLER: "Mechanisms of Faith" ist ein sehr optimistisch klingender Albumtitel. Wie findet man in der heutigen Welt die richtigen Mechanismen, die zu Vertrauen führen?
ANDREAS MALIK: Auch wenn ich dieser Frage intellektuell vielleicht nicht gewachsen bin: Mechanismen jeglicher Art machen meiner Meinung nach das Leben nur langweilig.

BODYSTYLER: Wie wird aus einem simplen „Object“ ein Objekt der Begierde und gar ein Sex-Objekt? Hast Du da Geheimtipps für uns?
ANDREAS MALIK: Das Gesamtpaket muss stimmen: Optik und Musik müssen eine perfekte Symbiose eingehen. Das macht sexy und begehrenswert. Bei mir stimmt beides nicht und trotzdem bin ich vergleichsweise semi- erfolgreich. Lustigerweise war übrigens Kraftwerks „Sex Object“ verantwortlich für meinen Projektnamen. Das aber nur so am Rande.

BODYSTYLER: Was würdest Du mit Deiner Musik gerne erreichen? Enttäuscht es Dich, dass man mit der Art Musik, wie Du sie machst, wohl auf ewig ein Geheimtipp und einem kleinen Zuhörerkreis vorbehalten bleiben wird?
ANDREAS MALIK: Ich find das gut wie es ist. Ein alter Mann macht alte Musik für alte Leute. Da bleibt einem automatisch ein Schattendasein in der Szene, klar. Ich bin aber eigentlich gern die Randfigur in einem schlechten Spiel.

BODYSTYLER: Auf CD2 versammelst Du eine ganze Armada an hochkarätigen Remixern aus dem Dark Electro-Bereich. Wie kam es zu den einzelnen Zusammenarbeiten? War Dir eine davon besonders wichtig?
ANDREAS MALIK: Die Remixer hat alle mein Labelboss Nader klar gemacht. Keine Ahnung wie er das geschafft hat und natürlich finde ich alle Remixe ganz schön großartig. Da bin ich mal ganz diplomatisch.

BODYSTYLER: Für wen würdest Du selbst gerne mal einen Remix anfertigen? Hast Du da einen besonderen Wunsch offen?
ANDREAS MALIK: Ich bin ein spektakulär schlechter Remixer, deswegen lasse ich lieber die Finger vom Remixen. Falls doch, dann würde ich wohl was aus anderen Genres wählen: Tim Hecker, Bvdub, Fancy oder Way Out West vielleicht.

"Die Remixer hat alle mein Labelboss klar gemacht. Keine Ahnung, wie er das geschafft hat."

BODYSTYLER: In Deinem Klassiker "Blood Patch" klingelt das Jingle aus "Wer wird Millionär" durch. Welche drei Szene-Promis würdest Du als Telefon-Joker wählen und für welche Themengebiete?
ANDREAS MALIK: Ich nehme mal nur zwei, und zwar meine beiden liebsten Szene-Homies: Martin Sane (fïx8:sëd8) für das Themengebiet Biologie und Nick Jonath (MC1R, Sphärenwandler) für das Themengebiet Erdkunde.

BODYSTYLER: Na dann dürfte ja, auch wenn es mit der Million nicht klappen sollte, zumindest eine weitere ordentliche Electro-Kollaboration dabei herauskommen!”
Von: Pippi von Schnippi

“Hallo Object! Wie gehts?
Geht so…hab gerade ne zahn-op überstanden und kämpfe mich gerade wieder zurück ins leben…:)
Kannst du den Lesern bitte verraten wer hinter dem Namen steckt?
Object bin ich: Andreas Malik aus einem idylischen ort in der nähe von schweinfurt/unterfranken.
Seit wann gibt es die Band und was hat dich damals dazu bewogen eine Band ins Leben zu rufen und Musik zu machen?
Object habe ich ende 1994 ins leben gerufen, nachdem ich jahrelang in verschiedenen bands gitarre gespielt und gesungen habe. Mit elektronischer musik hatte das damals allerdings nur teilweise zu tun…yep, ich war ne zeitlang metal-head und irgendwann hab ich mir meinen ersten synthie gekauft um düstere intros damit zu basteln. Dabei bin ich dann ziemlich schnell auf den geschmack gekommen pure elektronik zu fabrizieren. Die gitarre wurde schnell langweilig und es musste etwas neues, vielseitigeres her: ein synthesizer!:-)
Was bedeutet dir die Musik?
Musik machen ist für mich in erster linie entspannung, eine art flucht aus dem alltäglichen wahnsinn. Mir gings nie um kommerziellen erfolg. Wichtig ist, das mir gefällt was ich selbst fabriziere.
Wie kann man sich die Arbeiten an Object vorstellen? Wie entsteht bei dir ein Song?
Songs entstehen immer ohne irgendeinen masterplan. Ich starte mal mit einer bestimmten melodie und bastle dann das restliche arrangement aussenrum. Manchmal ist es eine bassline oder ein beat der mich inspiriert. Das meiste geschieht sehr spontan und ich improvisiere viel. So nehmen meine tracks gerne mal die eine oder andere überraschende wendung. Mit klassischem songwriting hat das natürlich nicht viel zu tun aber das will ich auch gar nicht.
Gibt es ein Lieblingstool mit dem du arbeitest?
Mh, schwierig…meinen access virus und meine roland fantom mag ich schon ganz gerne.
Wie würdest du das Verhältnis zwischen Hard- und Softwareeinsatz einschätzen?
Ich benutze ausschliesslich hardware. Hardwaresynths und hardwaresequenzer. Alles sehr, sehr altmodisch. Allerdings fange ich gerade an mich ein wenig mit software-synths und cubase zu befassen. Für meine neuen musikalischen pläne sind vst-plugins und ähnliches definitiv von vorteil…:)
Wie schaffst du es trotz deiner unglaublich vielschichtigen und anspruchsvollen elektronischen Musik mit so unendlich vielen Spuren den Überblick zu behalten und sich nicht zu verlaufen?
Ich verlaufe mich ständig in meinen arrangements. Und wenn ich nicht mehr rausfinde dann ist der track gut und fertig…:)
Vor ein paar Tagen ist dein mittlerweile 4.Album auf den Markt gekommen. Dieses hört auf den Namen „Mechanisms Of Faith“. Wie kam es zur Albumtitelwahl?
Hinter dem titel steckt wie immer kein bestimmter gedanke oder sinn. Ich versuche mir immer albumtitel auszudenken die prägnant und ein bisserl „sophisticated“ klingen. Ich könnte dir z.b. den titel des vorgänger-albums „the ethane asylum“ nicht erklären...:-)
Was erwartet den geneigten Hörer bei „Mechanisms Of Faith“?
Typischen Object-sound: komplex, melodisch mit tracks die haken schlagen aber auch recht eingängige & fast tanzbare songs wie z.b.: „state of reality“ oder“ mescaline crisis“ gibt’s diesmal zu hören. „mechanisms of faith“ geht zudem auch definitiv back tot he roots nach dem recht krachigen “the ethane asylum”.
Liegt deinem neuen Werk ein Konzept zu Grunde? Worum geht es inhaltlich?
Nein. Ein konzept gibt’s bei object nie. Meine texte sind zudem keine echten texte. Ich benutze textfragment die mir spontan in den sinn kommen und ich verwende meine stimme eher als weiteren layer im arrangement.
Beim Lesen des Booklets fällt auf, dass es dieses Mal 3 Kooperationen gibt und zwar mit Fix8:Sed8, LPF12 und Respirance. Wie kam es dazu?
Respirance waren ja eher auf „the ethane asylum“ vertreten. Die beiden hatten leider keine zeit vocals für „mof“ beizusteuern. Die jungs von Fix8:Sed8 und LPF12 hab ich einfach gefragt ob sie lust und laune hätten ein bisserl gesang beizusteuern. Eigentlich ganz unkompliziert…man kennt und schätzt sich schon lange.
Das Cover und die Grafiken generell, wirken sehr harmonisch und passen perfekt. Wer war für die Grafik-Ideen verantwortlich und wer hat diese umgesetzt?
Da ich ein großer nordland-fan bin wollte ich diesmal ein „kühl“ wirkendes artwork. Chris von red+test hat mir dann ein paar vorschläge gemacht und dieses eisige design hat mich schwer begeistert. Vor allem kommt das artwork schön reduziert rüber. Genau mein ding!
Wie kam es zum Labelwechsel? Wie kams zum Signing bei ElectroAggressionRecords?
Eigentlich war das ganze kein richtiger labelwechsel. EAR war das sublabel von vendetta records und nader wollte irgendwann sein eigenes ding machen. Da bin ich dann einfach gefolgt.
Wie würdest du persönlich die Musik, die du machst, in ein paar Worten/Sätzen beschreiben?
Komplex, atmosphärisch, melodisch, vertrackt & ein wenig düster…:)
Arbeitest du bereits wieder an neuen Songs?
Für object zur zeit nicht. Da ist erst mal ne längere pause angesagt. Wann und wie’s weitergeht wird sich zeigen. Momentan plane ich ein neues projekt, mit dem ich meine liebe zu drone/ambient/dub-techno ausleben werde. Allerdings wird wohl der eine oder andere object-einfluß zu hören sein. Geht nach 17 jahren wohl auch nicht anders…:)
Wie stehen denn die Chancen Object auch einmal live zu sehen?
Grundsätzlich schlecht. Ich bin absolut keine rampensau und wohl auch viel zu introvertiert um live zu spielen. Allerdings hab ich’s ja bereits zweimal vor einigen jahren getan. War lustig und der erste gig endete in einem echten fiasko…:)

“Klassicher Dark Electro ist in der letzten Zeit eher rar gesät. Object ist alleine schon deshalb eine gerne gesehene Abwechslung im CD-Player. Zumal man mit dem dargebotenen an die Hochzeiten des Dark Electro`s in den 90ern anknüpft. Mit austaxierten, komplexen Arrangements und der natürlich düsteren Atmosphäre die jeder einzelne Song verströmt, greift man direkt den Sound von Größen wie Skinny Puppy, Mentallo & The Fixer oder yelworkC auf und baut nur zaghaft ein paar moderne Klänge mit ein.
Dabei liefert Andreas Malik, welcher sich hinter dem Namen Object verbirgt, einen absoluten Hochgenuss ab. Egal ob man die Songs nun in der Disco hört und dazu abtanzen möchte, ober zuhause auf dem Sofa sitzend, funktionieren die Songs allesamt. Das Album erscheint als Doppel CD wobei CD 2 mit dem Namen “Old School Conspiracy“ Remixvarianten liefert. Hier kommen aber nur Acts zum Zuge die Stilistisch passen. Darunter so Namen wie Sleepwalk oder auch amGod. Jeder Remix ist durchaus gelungen, bleibt doch die Stimmung und Grundausrichtung des Originals erhalten.
Der Opener ist eine Zusammenarbeit mit Fix8:Sed, und der Song „Mescaline Crisis“ ist nicht umsonst in den Top 5 der GEWC zu finden.
Sphärische Klangwelten dienen als Hintergrund, während aktiv im Vordergrund verzerrte Vocals und harsche Beats regieren. Dabei wird aber eine komplexe Struktur aufgefahren, die es eben auch ermöglicht die Songs einfach so zu genießen, statt „nur“ dazu zu tanzen. Insgesamt reißen einen alle 15 Songs mit, wobei jeder Track den Schwerpunkt ein wenig anders setzt und sich trotz der immer gleichen Zutaten, klar voneinander unterscheiden. Allen gemein ist aber eine klare Melodie und treibende Beats. Die große Stärke des Albums liegt aber in den verschachtelten Flächensounds und den teilweise sehr komplexen Songstrukturen. Wie schon bei den erwähnten amGod hat mich „Mechanisms Of Faith“ nicht auf Anhieb überzeugt. Doch hat man sich erst mal „hineingehört“ lässt einen der Sound nicht mehr los.
Sollte man eine der eingangs erwähnten Bands zu seinen Lieblingen Zählen, ist es schon eine Pflicht hier hinein zuhören. Niemand wird es bereuen!
Großes Darkelectrokino, wo ich persönlich es gar nicht vermutet habe.”

“Meine Mutter hat früher immer gesagt, Roman hat sie gesagt, und manchmal hat sie es natürlich auch anders betont. Und in jener Zeit, als sie das immer sagte, war der Begriff “dunkle elektronische Musik” noch mit mehr Facetten angefüllt als es heute der Fall ist. Was fällt denn an Assoziationen, wenn man sich heutigentags mal zu diesem Thema umhört? Richtig, electronisches Geballer, immer voll auf die Zwölf. Hauptsache es scheppert, es ist möglichst provokant und erreicht idealerweise die schwarzen Glühwürmchen in den Clubs. Traurig, dass es scheinbar nichts anderes mehr gibt. Oder etwa doch? Doch! OBJECT wäre da zu nennen, das Ein-Mann-Projekt von Andreas Malik, das einem bekannten gallischen Dorfe gleich tapfer Widerstand leistet gegen den ewig gleichen Einheitsbrei. In diesem Jahr wird mittels der Doppel-CD “Mechanisms Of Faith” die Old School Fahne hochgehalten.
Gut Ding will bekanntlich Weile haben. Ähnlich sieht es wohl auch Herr Malik, was möglicherweise der Grund dafür war, dass seit dem letzten Object Album immerhin gut und gerne 4 Jahre ins Land gezogen sind. Es ist allerdings auch sehr gut vorstellbar, dass es einfach seine Zeit brauchte, bis die sehr vielschichtigen, komplexen Tracks fertiggestellt waren. Auf “Mechanisms Of Faith” klingt nicht ein einziger Song so, als sei er mit der heißen Nadel gestrickt worden. Viel mehr ensteht während des mehr als einstündigen Trips in eine elekronische, im positiven Sinne gestrige Anderswelt, jeder Song sei extrem gründlich feingeschliffen und poliert worden. Und dann noch einmal. Und noch einmal.
Maliks Musik zu erfassen ist nichts, was man mal eben nebenbei macht. Die vielschichtigen, komplexen Songs erfordern die volle Aufmerksamkeit des Hörers. Da sind zum einen die kalten, maschinellen Grundstrukturen. Eine weitere Ebene stellen die manchmal fast schon verspielt wirkenden Melodien dar, die einen krassen Kontrast zu Beats und Rhythmus bilden. Des Weiteren gesellen sich (manchmal bis zur Unkenntlichkeit) verzerrte Vocals, Sprachsamples und unerwartete Wendungen. Ich meine Sprachsamples, die direkt über den noch laufenden Gesang geworfen werden. Hallo? Hört man ganz sicher nicht jeden Tag. Solche Dinge sind es aber, die “Mechanisms Of Faith” so spannend machen. Nehmen wir doch mal das Titelstück: zwischen den kalten, irgendwie aus den 80ern in unsere Zeit herübergebeamten Beats und den unnachgiebigen Sequenzern irrlichtern kurze Melodiefetzen umher und liefern sich ein Gefecht um die Aufmerksamkeit des Hörers. Ein Gefecht, aus dem die über die verzerrten Gesangsparts gelegten Sprachsamples als Sieger hervorgehen. Malik spielt hier ganz gekonnt mit der Erwartungshaltung des Hörers und es scheint ihm die leichteste Übung zu sein, diese in die Irre zu führen. Am leichtesten zugänglich ist übrigens noch das Eröffnungsstück “Mescaline Crisis”, das in Zusammenarbeit mit Fix8:Sed8 entstand. Ebenfalls ein elektronisches Projekt, dass durch sehr düstere Klangwelten zu überzeugen weiß.
Wollte man unbedingt Vergleiche zu Object heranziehen, so ließen sich problemlos Namen wie Mentallo & The Fixer, YelworC oder die frühen Skinny Puppy oder Front Line Assembly heranziehen. Man kann es aber auch lassen. Die Musik von Object ist einzigartig genug und kann somit für sich alleine stehen. Ohne irgendwelche Vergleiche. Wie zu Anfang erwähnt erschien dieses Album als Doppel-CD. Der zweite Silberling ist angefüllt mit Remixarbeiten von Künstlern, bei dem Genrefreunden sicherlich auch der ein oder andere Tropen im Munde zusammenläuft. Robotiko Rejekto, amGod, Brain Leisure um nur einige zu nennen. Und wenn das als Anreiz immer noch nicht reicht, lockt Object mit zwei bisher unveröffentlichten Demos.”

“Die äußeren Umstände mögen nicht die besten sein, doch einer hat seinen Glauben an ein Genre, das seinen letzten Höhepunkt um das Jahr 1995 erlebte, nicht verloren, und das ist Andreas Malik. Mit seinem Ein-Mann-Unternehmen Object versorgt er anhaltend die Freunde des ursprünglichen Sounds, den Virtuosen aus Kanada und Texas ersannen, um sich auf mehreren Ebenen Zugang zu ihren Hörern zu verschaffen. Diese Musik wird nicht gehört, sondern gefühlt. Komplexe Elektronik, düster, hart, aber atmosphärisch, mit schwer verzerrten Vocals und durchsetzt von Samples und unvorhergesehenen Breaks ist es, die den Schweinfurter nach wie vor fasziniert, und die er selbst beherrscht wie kaum noch jemand. 15 mitreißende neue Songs befinden sich auf der ersten CD, zum Teil trotz ihrer Dichte enorm tanzbar, zum Teil von zwielichtigen, abseitigen Stimmungen geprägt und in ihrer Gänze betrachtet das Beste, was man je von diesem Projekt zu hören bekam. Auf einer zweiten Scheibe, die den Titel „Old School Conspiracy“ bekam, versammeln sich hingegen zwei bislang unveröffentlichte Demoversionen sowie zwölf Remixe von Songs unterschiedlichen Alters, die großartige Kollegen wie amGod, Jihad, Controlled Fusion, Abscess, Second Disease und Pyrroline zauberten, mit denen sich aber auch die Neulinge Red+Test und One Eye Wanders bei der Zielgruppe empfehlen. Selbst die seit mehr als 20 Jahren verschwundenen Robotiko Rejekto konnten dafür noch einmal aktiviert werden. Um eine in unzähligen Rezensionen gedroschene Phrase komme ich an dieser Stelle nicht drum herum: Absolute Kaufempfehlung (für Fans von Skinny Puppy und vor allem Mentallo & The Fixer)!
Jörn Karstedt “

“Die vierte Veröffentlichung von Andreas Malik aka Object präsentiert sich als Doppel-Album mit insgesamt 29 gelungenene Tracks aus der Welt des Electro-Industrial. Direkt der Opener "Mescaline Crisis" weiss zu überzeugen mit verzerrtem Gesang und einer zart führenden Melodie im Hintergrund der harten Klänge, ganz im Stil von Front Line Assembly oder Mentallo & The Fixer.
Mit sowas ist man dann bei mir natürlich genau richtig
Die zweite CD weist übrigens 14 Remix-Versionen von Tracks wie Blood Patch oder Existence Of Trial auf, von Bands wie Brain Leisure, Second Disease oder Abscess überarbeitet.”

In Swedish:

“Högteknologisk industrial i en fantastisk electrosymfoni
Andreas Malik är med sitt soloprojekt Object tillbaka med ett nytt dubbelalbum fyra år efter föregångaren“The Ethane Asylum”. Albumet släpptes på det relativt nystartade amerikanska skivbolaget Electro Aggression Records, som började som en underavdelning till amerikanska Vendetta Music, men som numera ligger under COP Internationals tak. EAR fokuserar enligt grundaren Nader Moumneh på att släppa album och kompilationer med autentisk komplex mörk electro. Detta album är blott den andra releasen från EAR efter den hyllade kompilationen “Old School Electrology Volume One” från förra året.
På “Mechanisms of Faith” bjuds vi på en resa genom en dyster framtidsvärld på klassiskt industrial-manér där det inte finns plats för varken glädje eller hoppfulla drömmar. Texterna avverkar teman som droger, depressioner, vansinne och social fobi i ett högteknologiskt samhälle. Detta återspeglas i de framtidsosande låttitlarna som andas dystopisk cyberpunk: Ett stort plus!
Albumet rivstartar med den fantastiska “Mescaline Crisis”, där Object samarbetar med Fïx8:Sëd8. Inledningsspåret är aggressivt och snabbt och den mest dansvänliga på hela albumet. Man känner genast igen soundet som är snarlikt det som tysken har producerat de senaste tio åren, men utan att det känns upprepande. Man tror att albumet kommer fortsätta i samma snabba och semi-dansanta stil men tempot är tvärtemot genomgående lågt. Detta är något som utmärker “Mechanisms of Faith” från inte minst det förra albumet.
Till skillnad mot de mer dansvänliga eller gitarrbaserade släktgrupperna använder inte Object 4/4-basgång i någon låt förutom i femte spåret “State of Reality” och gitarrer eller akustiska instrument hörs inga spår av.  Över huvud taget är albumet ett genomelektroniskt sådant och inte ens sången lämnas omanipulerad vid något tillfälle. Den är starkt distortad och låter snarlik på samtliga spår där Andreas Malik sjunger. Det är på det första och nionde spåret “Soul Seeking” som gästgrupper bidrar med sången, i det senare fallet projektet LPF12.
Som alla goda producenter inom denna subgenre använder sig Andreas av många samplingar inbakade i spåren. Dessa kan ibland kännas malplacerade och otydliga – och tar i vissa fall över – men är inget som stör ljudbilden. Jämförelsevis kan man säga att samplingarna i både Front Line Assembly-, Rome- och Dead When I Found Her:s verk passar in perfekt i det som de vill förmedla med sin musik. (fortsättning nedan)
Förutom den mediokra “Density of Fear” (remixen på bonusdiscen “Old School Conspiracy” är bättre!) håller alla spår en genomgående hög kvalité där vissa partier är fullkomligt lysande. Men dessa utnyttjas inte till fullo i den relativt standardiserade mallen låtarna följer på detta album. Det fjortonde spåret “Empires in Peril (Album version)” är ett drivande industriverk i lugnt tempo med smattrande elektroniska trummor och basgång och är en av Objects bästa genom karriären.
Första delen av albumet avslutas med “Each Slow Turn”. Spåret börjar lugnt men ökar snabbt i intensitet och precis vid klimaxet väntar man sig en dansant och euforisk klubbhit men tempot återgår till ett malande elektroniskt groove. Detta är i mina ögon synd då denna avslutning hade satt Object på kartan som en akt som inte bara producerar stämningsfull industrial utan också fullblodad dansmusik.
Andra delen av albumet, som går under namnet “Old School Conspiracy”, är en remixsamling av nya och gamla låtar. Artister som Controlled Fusion (Dennis Ostermann från In Strict Confidence), Brain Leisure (som också mastrat albumet), amGod och Robotiko Rejekto har arbetat om några utvalda pärlor.Robotiko Rejekto som för 20 år sedan släppte musik i gränslandet mellan industrial och techno har inte varit aktiva sedan dess och gör nu comeback med en remix på detta album och en kompilation av deras tidigare verk. Bland medlemmarna ingår veteranen Andreas Tomalla som är känd från det i trancescenen välkända aliaset Talla 2XLC, men också från den gamla EBM-akten Bigod 20.
Man hade kunnat förvänta sig en större variation på de remixade spåren. Remixerna på “Mescaline Crisis”och “Morphine Desire” utgör nästan halva “Old School Conspiracy”. “Morphine Desire” är bland de bästa spåren på “Mechanisms of Faith” och remixerna är som bäst experimentiella versioner av originalet. Men remixalbumet avslutar starkt med de två tidigare osläppta originalspåren “Static Motion” och “End of Time”.
Jag kan efter otaliga genomlyssningar av “Mechanisms of Faith” konstatera att Object återigen levererat ett riktig starkt album. Och visst får man vibbar från den gamla skolans elektroniska sound och det fungerar lysande även år 2012. Det i sig är ett tecken på att denna typ av musik är odödlig!”

In Italian:


“Che la Electro Aggression Records intenda dare asilo a vecchi e nuovi fautori della ebm e dark-electro 'old school' è apparso ben chiaro con la pubblicazione di "Old School Electrology Volume One", mastodontica e memorabile compilation che abbiamo avuto il privilegio di recensire. Dopo un simile biglietto da visita, arriva il primo album per l'etichetta: il quarto lavoro ufficiale - dopo altrettante autoproduzioni iniziate nel '96 - di Andreas Malik, meglio noto col monicker Object. Tutto perfettamente in linea coi dettami dark-electro di cui sopra, visto che il solo-project tedesco ha da sempre portato avanti un discorso di tale tipo, partendo proprio da quegli anni '90 considerati a ragione un periodo aureo per il genere. Non un novizio con una smisurata passione per il passato, bensì uno che da una precisa epoca arriva e da lì continua a portare avanti un discorso coerente, e per capirlo basta buttare un occhio allo scarno booklet del doppio digipak, sul quale figura la lista dell'equipaggiamento impiegato. Un artista che non ha alcuna paura di suonare 'fuori dal tempo', e che torna a quattro anni dal precedente "The Ethane Asylum" mostrando l'ennesima, ulteriore rifinitura di un sound che non ha mai mancato di convincere. L'esperienza nell'usare determinati macchinari e nel manipolarne i suoni è ai massimi livelli, l'azzeccata produzione è lì a sottolinearlo, e se anche alla fine manca quel momento che potrebbe trainare tutto l'album, Object colpisce nel segno con la compattezza di un songwriting sufficientemente variegato ed assolutamente solido. Alla classe ed alla raffinatezza degli intrecci melodici si uniscono il tipico groove, la muscolarità e la durezza di un suono che aderisce pienamente alla ruvida freddezza dei 90s, fra tensioni forti (la dura "Neural Explosions", l'intensa "State Of Reality"), intrecci strutturali di grande pregio ("Urban Claustrophobia", Empires In Peril") ed abrasive sferzate ("Under Zero Halo", l'industrialoide e sofferta "Morphine Desire"). Dopo tanto attendere, fa piacere trovare a fianco del nuovo album anche il bonus-disc "Old School Conspiracy", titolo emblematico per altri 80 minuti (oltre ai quasi 77 del primo CD, per un totale che sfiora le 2 ore e 40) a suon di remix ad hoc - anche per brani più datati - e recupero di vecchio materiale. Non mancano le buone prove da parte di remixer come Robotiko Rejecto, Controlled Fusion, Brain Leisure, amGod e Jihad, ma il top lo raggiungono degli altri veterani come gli Sleepwalk, la cui favolosa rilettura di "Mescaline Crisis" colpisce coi suoi ritmi rallentati ed il respiro solenne. A parte una versione strumentale alternativa di "Blood Patch", restano un paio di tracce demo inedite, e presumibilmente molto datate: poca cosa "Static Motion", decisamente meglio una "End Of Line" già capace di mettere in luce le abilità del suo creatore. In definitiva, un ricco, sufficientemente ispirato e gradito ritorno: fans o meno che siate di Object, se è alla scuola dark-electro degli anni '90 che guardate con affetto, o anche solo con sana curiosità, non esiste ragione perché ignoriate un lavoro del livello di "Mechanisms Of Faith".

Roberto Alessandro Filippozzi

In Russian:

“Когда музыкант-одиночка выпускает такой качественный, глубокий, проработанный и массивный аутентичный дарк электро/индустриальный альбом, как "Mechanisms Of Faith", то ему можно простить все - и задержку с релизом, и принципиальную олдскульность концепции, и имеющее место быть самокопирование, и ностальгические уходы в классическую инструментальную эмбиентную электронику. Я считаю, что в 2012 году Andreas Malik выдал на гора технологически самый вкусный и выверенный, композиционно кайфовый, разноплановый и эпический альбом своего детища OBJECT, и при этом ему не пришлось менять радикально стиль, заигрывать с модными клубными трендами или изменять своим влияниям. Фактически, "Mechanisms Of Faith" является улучшенной, расширенной и аккуратно модернизированной (там где это было необходимо) версией трех предыдущих полноформатных записей проекта. Перед нами по-прежнему комплексный, кибернетичный, мелодичный, интеллигентный, засасывающий своей атмосферой и эстетикой альбом с умеренно дистортированными горьковатыми мужскими вокалами, в котором снова явно слышны отголоски музыки MENTALLO & THE FIXER, VELVET ACID CHRIST, SKINNY PUPPY, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, X-MARKS THE PEDWALK, T.H.D., INDEX и INDIVIDUAL TOTEM. Отмечу, что в создании двух новых треков приняли участие коллеги из групп FIX 8:SED8 и LPF12, а финальный мастеринг всего альбома делал француз Dominique Debert (BRAIN LEISURE), который как никто другой знает, как выгодно преподнести аутентичный саунд "золотой эры" электро-индастриэла и дарк электро слушателям XXI века. В композициях OBJECT много вкусных аналоговых синтезаторных звуков hardware-происхождения, жестко марширующих и пружинистых битов и свободного парения в космических просторах. Характерные для группы сложные пульсации, прогрессии, разнокалиберные сэмплы и ритмические перебивки переплетаются самым причудливым образом на всем протяжении альбома, неотвратимо двигают вперед плавные мелодии и наоборот, а искаженные киборг-вокалы создают дополнительное напряжение и навевают мрачные мысли о настоящем и будущем. Холодноватое, переливчатое, бурлящее, дрожащее и головокружительное нетанцевально-энергичное электронное действо происходит в песнях немца сразу на нескольких уровнях, но слушатель в итоге не оказывается на мелодийно-ритмическом распутье или один на один с критической электро-индустриальной массой - OBJECT уверенно проведет вам по заданному маршруту и покажет себя искушенным дарк электро гурманом, надежной машиной-телохранителем с останками сердца и пропуском в мир суровых грез. Сменяются лишь sci-fi ландшафты и карты памяти в голове, в то время как общий тон сталкерского повествования и настроение опытного Проводника подвержены минимальным колебаниям. Агрессия в музыке немца почти не ощущается, но мрачные интонации доминируют как в вокалах, так и в мелодиях. Случаются по ходу альбома и своего рода "просветы" или "релаксационные паузы" - в эти моменты на масштабную машинерию OBJECT проливается больше света, детали комплексного саунда становятся еще более различимыми и фантастическими ("Under Zero Halo"), появляются романтические и оптимистические нотки ("Density Of Fear", "Empires Iin Peril"). Наиболее удачными на сей раз я считаю треки "Under Zero Halo" (чистый кибер-оргазм на меланхоличной мелодической основе), "Neural Explosions", "The Mechanisms Of Faith", "State Of Reality", "Blind Obedience", "Distant Memories", "For Eternity", "Urban Claustrophobia". В довесок к 15 альбомным трекам релиз содержит бонус-диск, озаглавленный как "Old School Conspiracy" и включающий две доведенные до ума ранее неиздавашиеся демо-записи OBJECT и достойные внимания ремиксы ветеранов ROBOTIKO REJEKTO, amGod, SECOND DISEASE, SLEEPWALK, ABSCESS, CONTROLLED FUSION, BRAIN LEISURE, JIHAD и избранных неоолдскул-актов RED+TEST, PYRROLINE и ONE EYE WANDERS. Эту часть альбома ни в коем случае нельзя игнорировать, потому что отбор ремиксеров производился осмысленно, и они постарались не ударить лицом в грязь перед слушателями, лейблом EAR и Andreas Malik. Некоторые ремиксы частично компенсируют нехватку клубных ритмов на первом диске (RED+TEST) и сделаны по мотивам треков, не вошедших в него (например, ремикс ROBOTIKO REJEKTO), другие тоже круты и уводят в иные миры практически теми же звуковыми средствами, что и виновник праздника (особенно отмечу работы BRAIN LEISURE, SLEEPWALK, ABSCESS, PYRROLINE). Резюме: "Mechanisms Of Faith" - творческий вызов молодым и серьезно настроенным группам, на редкость гармоничный и цельный, по всем признакам долгоиграющий винтажный дарк электро/индустриальный альбом, у которого есть своя особая стать, сильный характер и киберхаризма. Реальный претендент на включение в итоговый Топ 10 за 2012 год на Machinist и must have релиз для коллекции. [10 баллов]”
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