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Review: flu.ID – IOTS [2008]

Posted in Flu.ID, SOS Metal Update with tags , , on May 17, 2009 by gearsofrock

Amazon FluidGerman experimental hardcore troupe flu.ID have made an album proper by repackaging two previous 10-inch releases with a few bonus tracks and a strange assortment of electronic interludes to create a 15-track collection of schizophrenic heaviness and offbeat weirdness titled IOTS. Imagine Refused jamming out with Dillinger Escape Plan while a techno party looms in the background for an idea of what this eclectic trio brings to the table. Channeling hardcore’s dissonant aggression while releasing an unsettling helping of tech metal warfare and savage noise rock on unprepared ears (“Estonia Flutet Die Titanic,” this unit isn’t content until you’ve been disturbed (“New Imperial Sadism”), destroyed (“Ordinary Different”) and devastated (“b”). Wryly unorthodox yet totally crushing, this offering yields an ominous listening experience and requires a slew more comprehension than most, but is well worth the brain contortions if you enjoy music laced with chaos (“Strategy First”). -Mike SOS

3 Starsflu.ID is Roeder (Vocals/Bass), Kroever (Guitar), & Xaver (Drums).

Track Listing:

  1. “Ordinary Different”
  2. “Necromancer”
  3. “Enthymem”
  4. “New Imperial Sadism”
  5. “Pens Are Friends”]
  6. “Idiots”
  7. “Estonia Flutet Die Titanic”
  8. “Zuegli”
  9. “B”
  10. “Strategy First”
  11. “Peace, Love, And Empathy”
  12. “Ira”
  13. “Revelation”
  14. “All I Can Give”
  15. “Taka-Takaz”

You Mean You Never… + Upcoming Shows

Posted in Indie, Sentient Machine with tags , , , , on October 20, 2008 by Jillers

In a rare moment Saturday afternoon, I fell asleep around 2pm and slept all the way until 7pm, when someone called and woke me up, which means that I missed a show I promised I’d go to, and I feel really awful about it. So, let me tell you a bit about Sentient Machine.

I throw Sentient Machine into that group of music that I call “not my type, but you can tell are really good,” though I’ve realized that it’s unfair of me to classify any type of music like that. True, I may not go out of my way to listen to rock, heavy metal, or experimental music, but that doesn’t mean that when I hear it, I instantly hate it. Quite the contrary, I find when I listen to it, I don’t neccessarily hate it. In the case of Sentient Machine, whom I’ve only ever seen live, and never really listened to their tracks (until recenty), I often find myself at least tapping my foot in rhythm. I feel very sure that if I were too drink, I’d be full on dancing.

Their music lends itself well to a crowd that wants to have a good time moshing, and, again, fall into the category of “Better Live.” They know how to put on a show, and when they take solos (or give them to each other) it actually enhances the song, as opposed to some bands I’ve seen that take them in the wrong places and drag the song on longer than you really want any song to be.

Because I’m a jerk who missed their last show, I really want you all to go listen to their music. There isn’t a song of theirs up that I hate (though I love “Screamer”) — give them all a listen, go to their next show (whenever that is), and rock out.

Now, it falls on me to tell you about an exciting week coming up. Bands that I’ve reviewed, bands that I have plans to review, and bands I’ve never heard of, are all playing tons of shows for the CMJ Music Marathon (and Film Festival, but that would be for another blog, if I liked writing about moves, which I don’t).

I can’t even begin to name all of the artists playing this week, and where they’re all playing, because, quite frankly, it’s overwhelming. If I were more on top of things (and not notoriously poor, which is the real driving factor here), I’d register myself for a badge and go from venue to venue and see so many bands, I might collapse. If you have the money, today’s your last day to pre-register, or you can register on-site starting tomorrow (the 21st).

I’m excited about it, you should be too, unless you don’t live in NYC and can’t access this amazing event.

Editor’s Note: Sentient Machine lists several rock icons for their influences such as Faith No More, Type-o-Negative, David Bowie, and Alice In Chains.

You Mean You Haven’t Heard of Kiss Kiss?

Posted in Indie, Kiss Kiss with tags , , on August 8, 2008 by Jillers

Beethovan + Electric Guitars + Passionate lyrics + Mosh Pit = Kiss Kiss

There are bands that are all about the live show; the CD exists so you can relive the live show. Then there are bands that have nothing else to offer other than what they put out on their albums. Then there’s Kiss Kiss.

Kiss Kiss… well… I love Kiss Kiss. They are both about their live show, and their CD.

See, when you first see a Kiss Kiss show, despite what I’m gong to tell you, you won’t be prepared for it. People generally have one of two reactions:

1.) What the hell is this noise?

2.) This noise is awesome!

The “What the hell is this noise?” crowd were actually few and far between at SUNY Purchase , where Kiss Kiss, like many other bands I already have the capacity to review, formed a while ago ( like most things about my college years, dates and times… and events… are hazy, so I don’t have exact dates for you), but I’ve seen them… often they are people there for another band, that are intrigued by the classic-sounding music, but are thrown off by this sudden descent into chaos and noise, with the lead singer’s voice often overpowered by the music, and the speed of the lyrics making them hard to understand… I’ve always imagined him a mumbler myself.

Then there’s the crowd of “This noise is awesome!”. Drawn in by the same intrigue as the previous group, something about the chaos draws us in even more, and we become enchanted by it. The chaos isn’t just chaos. It’s the most organized musical chaos you may ever see in your life, and the “noise” isn’t noise at all, but more experiments with sounds (a popular theme in Purchase at the time, though not every band that tried to experiment with feedback, sound and volume, were as successful).

Kiss Kiss is certainly all about the live show, but I think, personally, you need their album to appreciate the live performance more. Listening to the music on their CDs, you can certainly hear the vocals much better, and hear the poetry that is in the lyrics, and how those lyrics work with the music… it’s from listening to the album that you appreciate the finely orchestrated chaos that is Kiss Kiss, and you gain even more appreciation for that organized chaos when you watch them on stage: energetic, playing off of each other, and going beyond what they put on their album. A Kiss Kiss show is an adventure every time…

Speaking of albums, they have two out now, and are currently working on a (very cursed, it seems) third one.

There is their self-titled EP, and Reality vs. The Optimist. “Satellite” and “Machines”, both great songs, are available for purchase off of iTunes, though you could just go here and buy Kiss Kiss for $3.00, and Reality vs The Optimist for $5.00, which is a great deal for 12 songs… or 17 if you buy both (though I’d hurry up and take advantage of the sale, which is only through the end of the summer).

If you’re in the area, they have one show coming up:

“August, 9 2008 at Welcome To Rockland Fest @ The Nyack Center w/ BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE, THE 12 LOOKS LIKE YOU!!
58 Depew Ave., Nyack, NY, 10960
Cost : $20 adv./$22 day of show”

Songs to definitely catch by Kiss Kiss: “Says My Doctor”, “College Film”, “Killing the Son”

Reality vs The Optimist: “Janet”, “Sixth Sense”, “Machines”, “Satellite”, “Stay The Day”