Hailing from Barcelona, this duo has been a part of the local electro-industrial musical scene for several years under different projects including
since at least 2002 with their split self-titled release with Event
The duo consists of members Moises Marti and Oskar Fernandez, both contributing their own talents and vision to this project. The band had several tangents
which includes a variety of other members for a live sound. 2005 brought the direction back to be focused on Tannhauser
and the band released the powerful disc a.new.biostate
The nice thing about this band is that they are not just another EBM band following all the old recipes of synths, samples, pounding beats and variety of distorted
or harsh vocals. While they do have many of these elements that will please most EBM fans, they delve into synthpop, a little bit of electro-goth and some
harsh industrial and power noise. It's hard to draw direct comparisons with this band due to their unique style, but I think some good comparisons between
older VNV Nation
with the harsher music and mostly monotone vocals and possibly with the driving electronic styles of The Invincible Spirt
Needless to say fans from a wide variety of genres will relate to and latch onto the music from this band. If you haven't heard of this band, you'll
definitely want to check them out and hear what you're missing. Be sure to listen to tracks on the Gothic Paradise Club radio show.
a.new.biostate - Review
Having been something of a fan of this project as well as older material under Kalte Sterne
, it was a pleasure to pick up this new album from this dynamic
They manage to create so many unique styles and tracks on this album that it is quite captivating. The disc contains ten fresh new tracks that long-time
fans can enjoy. Along with these new pieces there are also four new remixes, two from previously released works and two from this disc. The CD comes
in a regular jewel case, but includes a nice booklet containing lyrics and information on each track and overall production, etc. The band truly crosses
international boundaries with lyrics in English, Spanish and German. The accent in each language seems clear and understandable and so native speakers will
be able to enjoy each piece.
"El Eterno Retorno" kicks off the album with a haunting atmosphere slowly progressing through a suspenseful soundtrack to build and fade and give way to the
powerful pounding beats of "Estructura Violenta". This range of dark electronics and haunting soundtracks comprise the overall feeling of this album as the
listener is sucked into the violent and angst-ridden pieces like "No Lamento", "Biostate" and the additionally powerful remixes at the end of the album.
Besides the raw talent in selecting and composing the music for each track, this duo manages to take the various influences from all around us and especially what
is shown in the various movies and take samples from these and incorporate them into the music. The samples come to life so well throughout each track that
they're used on to help set the mood by the vocal expressions or just the choice of words in the samples. These appear in each language the lyrics are also
in and so they provide a unique perspective to different listeners.
While the entire album is a great work, there are a few tracks that really stand out as excellent pieces. The first few tracks really held my attention,
especially with the samples included in "No Lamento". The first time I heard "Dominatrix", I thought "oh boy, what are we in for?" But after hearing this
track several times it has really grown on me and has actually become probably my favorite piece from this album with it's simple elements of harsh EBM and Noise
elements. The varied vocals in the different languages add a whole new dynamic to this track. Each verse builds through devastating beats and these
-like chanting vocals, then right in the middle of all of this chaos there are short, sweet little ethereal lines sung with siren-like vocals
that bring the track to a new level.
With all of that said, the album overall is a really great piece of work. This is something that EBM fans should definitely go out, track down and buy and
listen to over and over again.
Label: Caustic Records