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[ Machine in the Garden, The - Before and After the Storm ]
[ Machine in the Garden, The - Shadow Puppets ]
[ Machine in the Garden, The - Asphodel ]
[ Machine Made Pleasure - Ends With E ]
[ Machine Made Pleasure - Spirit Within ]
[ Machinegun Symphony - The Technology Of Tears ]
[ Makaras Pen - A Petal Among Bricks ]
[ Makaras Pen - Makaras Pen ]
[ Mantus - Demut ]
[ Marian's Joy - Heaven ]
[ Massiv In Mensch - Niemand Weiss was die Zukunft Bringt ]
[ Massiv In Mensch - Meanwhile, Back in the Jungle ]
[ Massiv In Mensch - Clubber Lang ]
[ Massiv In Mensch - Menschdefekt ]
[ Mediavolo - A Secret Sound ]
[ Mellonta Tauta - Rainbow Melodies ]
[ Melodyguild - Aitu ]
[ Mercurine - Waiting For Another Fall ]
[ Mercurine - Music is Chemical ]
[ Mesh - An Alternative Solution ]
[ Mesh - A Perfect Solution ]
[ Mind.In.A.Box - Revelations ]
[ Mind.In.A.Box - R.E.T.R.O. ]
[ Mind.In.A.Box - CrossRoads ]
[ Mind.In.A.Box - Dreamweb ]
[ Mind.In.A.Box - Lost Alone ]
[ Mindless Faith - Momentum ]
[ Mira - The Echo Lingers On ]
[ Mira - There I Go Daydreamer ]
[ Mira - Pieces ]
[ Mira - Apart ]
[ Mirabilis - Sub Rosa ]
[ Mirabilis - Pleiades ]
[ Miriam - When Beauty Is Invisible ]
[ Miriam - Scents ]
[ Mirror Reveals, The - This Infinite Eye ]
[ Moev - Ventilation ]
[ Monica Schroeder - Move Me ]
[ Monica Schroeder - Poison ]
[ Monochrome - Collapse and Sever ]
[ Monofader - Frost ]
[ Monstrum Sepsis - Movement ]
[ Monstrum Sepsis - Doors and Windows ]
[ Moon and the Night Spirit, The - Osforras ]
[ Moonrise - Blackest Blue ]
[ Mortal Clay - Gilded Thralls ]
[ Mortal Clay - Procession of Spectres ]
[ Moulin Noir - Boy In Darkness ]
[ Muscle and Hate - A Tribute To Nitzer Ebb ]
[ Myk Jung - Zenith Is Decline (The Nine Lost Ballads) ]
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[ Nadia Sohaei - Talking To Myself ]
[ Narsilion - Namarie ]
[ Narsilion - Arcadia ]
[ Narsilion - Nerbeleth ]
[ Necro Facility - Wintermute ]
[ Necro Stellar - Saturating Cemetary ]
[ Negative Format - Gradients ]
[ Negative Format - Moving Past The Boundaries ]
[ Neuroactive - N-Gin ]
[ Neuroticfish - A Greater Good ]
[ Neuroticfish - No Instruments ]
[ Neuroticfish - Gelb ]
[ New York Room, The - 1991-1995 ]
[ New York Room, The - The Colour of Midnight ]
[ New York Room, The - Ghosts Of Christmas Past ]
[ New York Room, The - Courtesan ]
[ Noirhaus - The World Forgetting, By The World Forgot ]
[ nolongerhuman - antipathy ]
[ Novakill - I Hate God ]
[ Novalis - Ghosts Over Europe ]
[ Novalis - Paradise...? ]
[ Null Device - Excursions ]
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[ Omnia - History ]
[ Oneiroid Psychosis - Stillbirth ]
[ Oniric - Cabaret Syndrome ]
[ Ostia - Between Two Cities ]
[ Ostia - From The Aether ]
Hailing from Finland, this band has been creating an intelligent form of synthpop music since 1991 and was originally created by J. Tuohimaa, V. Rainne and V. Brusi.  They took material from the next three years and came up with their first release in 1994 under the title Morphology with the Cyberware Productions label. The band continued working hard performing live, producing a video which was well-received in their home country and finally released their sophomore album in 1997 called Phonic Trace. 1998 was a key year for the band as they licensed this album for re-release to the North American audience with the prominent synthpop label A Different Drum.

After this point the band moved entirely to the A Different Drum label for all of their future releases. During this time they have released several singles, more albums including their latest work in 2005 titled N-Gin. The band lineup has changed dramatically over the years and the latest lineup left J. Tuohimaa to carry on the project alone. This hasn't stopped him from releasing great music as he collaborates and works with other vocalists and musicians.

Like the lineup, the style of this project has changed in various ways over the years. While electronic music has always been the focus, the music has drifted between harder-edged techno and industrial to smoother electro-pop and electronica. Synthpop fans have been able to enjoy the various styles throughout the band's history and so they are a perfect fit for their label.

Readers can hear selections from this band on the club radio show and should check out the band's website for updated news, full biography and other goodies.


N-Gin - Review

My first thoughts when I popped this CD into my player the very first time was "hang on, this isn't the Neuroactive that I know".  It was a pleasant surprise and with all of the guest vocalists it's a really nice addition for this album, much like Virtual Server did with his album and first exposure to the masses.  After reading through the liner notes and the latest biography from this band I realized what was happening and was pleased with the direction this project was taking despite the dramatic lineup losses. Past vocalists have been nice and you could always count on a smooth synthpop sound of some sort from this band, and it boils down to the only difference being the number of guest vocalists, in fact the instrumental tracks on this album are still very much so the same Neuroactive that fans have grown to enjoy over the years.

To start the album off we are treated to a nice little pop-flavored track featuring Rupesh Cartel vocalist Viktor Ginner on vocals for this track add a lot of style to the synth loops and dance-friendly beats.  This really sets the stage for the wide variety of tracks presented on this album that make it almost like a Various Artist compilation, but grouped together in one homogenous style based on J. Tuohimaa's talented electronic music compositions.  The variation ranges from this smooth, pop-flavored track to the moodier driving beats of "Faith" featuring Kristy Venrick of The Azoic.  The mood and style is not confined to these dance-flavored tracks either, but range into the slower, emotional elements of "Calm Delight" which also features a guest vocalist in the form of Charlene April Bachmann from Blind Faith and Envy. The nice thing about the range of guest vocalists on this album is that most people in this scene will already be familiar with most of them and their previous works and can tie them all together for something the listener can relate to and enjoy.

Of course we can't fail to mention the excellent instrumental tracks on this album.  My personal tastes lean towards music with vocals to express the meaning behind it all, but the occasional instrumental piece can be just as expressive and meaningful. I find those on this disc fall into this category and the fact that there a just a few of them, and even those include some vocoded robotic vocals lend an extra measure of taste to each piece.

In summary, this album is a nice addition to any synthpop fan's music collection. The dynamics and variety through the guest vocalists is a nice addition to the well-written and performed electronic music.

Rating: 3.5/5


Website: www.elisanet.fi/neuroactive
Label: A Different Drum

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