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[ Violent Entity - Mechanized Division ]
[ Virtual Server - Setup ]
[ Vittorio Vandelli - A Day of Warm Rain In Heaven ]
[ VNV Nation - Automatic ]
[ VNV Nation - Of Faith, Power and Glory ]
[ VNV Nation - Judgement ]
[ VNV Nation - Matter + Form ]
[ VNV Nation - Pastperfect DVD ]
[ VNV Nation - Futureperfect ]
[ Voice Industrie - Voice Historie ]
[ Voices of Masada - Four Corners ]
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[ Waiting In Vain - Awake Again ]
[ Waiting In Vain - ['leila] ]
[ Weep - Worn Thin
[ Weep - Never Ever
[ Wintry - Atmosphere Around Us ]
[ Joachim Witt - Pop ]
[ Joachim Witt - Beyreuth 3 ]
[ Wolfsheim - Casting Shadows ]
[ :Wumpscut: - Cannibal Anthem ]
[ :Wumpscut: - Evoke ]
[ :Wumpscut: - Blondi ]
[ :Wumpscut: - Bone Peeler ]
[ Wynardtage - The Grey Line ]
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[ Xandria - Kill The Sun ]
[ Xandria - Salome - The Seventh Veil ]
[ Xandria - Now & Forever ]
[ Clan of Xymox - Darkest Hour ]
[ Clan of Xymox - In Love We Trust ]
[ Clan of Xymox - Breaking Point ]
[ Clan of Xymox - The Best of Clan of Xymox ]
[ Clan of Xymox - Farewell ]
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[ Zentriert Ins Antlitz - Mutilate ]
[ Zentriert Ins Antlitz - Prozium ]
[ Zentriert Ins Antlitz - Genozid ]
[ Zombina & the Skeletones - Death Valley High ]
[ Zombina & the Skeletones - Staci Stasis EP ]
[ Zombina & the Skeletones - Mondo Zombina EP ]
[ Zombina & the Skeletones - I Was A... EP ]
[ Zombina & the Skeletones - Taste the Blood... ]
Compilations / DVDs
[ A Compilation 3 - Black Rain Sampler ]
[ A Compilation 2 - Black Rain Sampler ]
[ A Dark Noel ]
[ Black Christmas ]
[ Dancing in the Dark 2006 ]
[ Dancing in the Dark - 10 Years of Dancing Ferret Discs ]
[ Dark Awakening Vol. 5 ]
[ Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Soundtrack ]
[ Different (Black Rain Label DVD Video Compilation ]
[ Effleurement - Prikosnovenie 100th Release Sampler ]
[ Electronic Manifesto ]
[ Elektresch! 2 ]
[ Fairy World V - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Fairy World II - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Fairy World - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Infact Your Mind ]
[ Join The Dark Side, We Have The Music! - AF Music ]
[ Le Nuit Des Fees - DVD - Prikosnovenie ]
[ Lightwaves Part II ]
[ My Dear Freaks 2 ]
[ My Dear Freaks ]
[ Projekt 200 ]
[ Projekt 2008 Label Sampler ]
[ Ornamental ]
[ Sleepwatching DVD ]
[ Summoning Of The Muse: A Tribute To Dead Can Dance ]
[ Under the Weight of Light ]
[ When Angels Die ]
Setup - Review
Well we finally have the follow-up album to the highly acclaimed work Installed from this international collaberation of synthpop artists with the music created by DJ Ram. For synthpop fans that are not familiar with this project, it's similar to a compilation of some of the best synthpop artists around, but has the common thread and style in the actual music through a single creator. The disc comes in a regular and limited edition version, the regular album is what is reviewed here and presented on the Gothic Paradise radio shows including 13 excellent new tracks.

I was very pleased with the album Installed and so I was looking forward to this release for a while. The selection of artists presented is excellent to say the least and at least as good as the previous roster. Starting it all off is Darrin Huss from Psyche on vocals on the track "My Preservation". I was extremely impressed with this piece with it's haunting trance-like style that fits perfectly in with the Darrin's vocal style as if DJ Ram were an integral part of that band from day one. Then it's just one excellent piece right after another with favorites basically ranging through all of the first eight tracks. Regular visitors to Gothic Paradise will recognize and understand why favorite tracks include vocalists from Iris, Rename, Colony 5 and Distain!. Though it's not entirely up to the vocalists as the music on all of these tracks are really moving and catchy in many different ways. On the flipside, while Tom Shear is another favorite artist with his deep vocals and fast-paced music from Assemblage 23, but the track he lends his vocals to on this piece is a choppy, break-beat mess... though in the end it does somehow sound OK, but not a favorite on the album.

As we start to reach the end of the album we're graced with an instrumental piece "Apollo-Soyuz" which shows how the electronic DJ can whip together a moving and dynamic track. The pieces that are left lack the feeling and power of the previous tracks and I can't even listen to "In A Hour From Now" in it's entirety as the lyrics are too much like a rap song. But the final track is a nice finale to the album using tempo and intensity to it's fullest potential building and fading and featuring the members from Distain!, another favorite synthpop act that fans will certainly recognize.

That wraps up the album and I think that most listeners and fans will really be pleased with this release. I know I am and it will easily take it's place beside Installed as a prominent item in my collection.

Rating: 4/5



Website: www.djram.com
Label: A Different Drum

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