Oct 2011 12

Various Artists - Electronic Body Matrix Vol. 1Various Artists
Category: Compilations / Industrial / EBM
Album: Electronic Body Matrix Vol. 1
Stars: 3
Blurb: A massive and overwhelming compilation that may drown the listener in its old-school beats.


Marking their tenth year of operation, Alfa Matrix has brought together a downright massive collection of artists and styles in this first volume of Electronic Body Matrix. Comprised of four CDs with a total of 72 tracks, this already beefy five hours of music also comes with a voucher card for downloading an additional 40 tracks and bringing the compilation to a grand total of eight hours of music.

With not a single artist repeated in these four CDs (except Ayria making an appearance on two other artist’s songs), and many of the artists not exactly being household names in the U.S. electronic music scene, listeners are sure to find plenty of fresh blood for their music library. Unfortunately though, like any compilation, not everything is a winner, and with the sheer volume of material, it’s easy for many artists to get lost in the shuffle. Still, several of Alfa Matrix’s stable of artists manage to stand out with Komor Kommando, Krystal System, and Necro Facility each showing off work from their recent albums. Another unfortunate side effect of the compilation is its ability to show off some artist’s tendency to imitate rather than innovate. For example, though there is only one Nitzer Ebb track on the album, one would swear they’d heard at least five on the compilation, with Spetsnaz, Restricted Area, and a couple other acts showing off this blatant influence. These tracks are still well put together old-school throwback tracks, but the similarity does get a bit jarring at times.

Generally aiming for more of an old-school EBM and electro vibe, but throwing in plenty of self promotional materials, Electric Body Matrix is generally a solid buffet of a compilation but may understandably skew a bit too old for some tastes. Personal tastes aside, the only major flaw of the compilation is it is simply too many tracks of too similar a style, leaving many of the later tracks to blend together and the somewhat punch-drunk listener trying to make keep the artists straight in their mind. It is impressive to put this many artists together in one compilation, but one has to wonder if a better pruned and streamlined compilation might have been more effective.

Track list:
Disc 1

  1. Komor Kommando – Rhythm Machine
  2. X Marks the Pedwalk – Seventeen (Noisuf-X Mix)
  3. Spetsnaz – Mangod
  4. Portion Control – Amnesia
  5. Psy’Aviah (feat. Ayria) – Into the Game (Signal Aout 42 Mix)
  6. Ad_Key – Pissed Off (Video Edit)
  7. Restriced Area – Bulldozer
  8. Ionic Vision – Q and A (Alternate)
  9. Nordarr – Du
  10. Serpents (feat. PNE) – Komm Noch Naeher
  11. [:SITD:] – Catharsis (Heal Me, Control Me)
  12. Necro Facility – Do You Feel the Same?
  13. Malakwa – Monster
  14. Cubanate – We Are Crowd (v1.6)
  15. Klutæ – Electro Punks Unite (Anarchy Remix)
  16. Void Kampf – Einsamkeit (Club Attack Mix by Steril)
  17. Elite! – Harte Liebe
  18. The Pain Machinery – Armed! (RMX)

Disc 2

  1. Faderhead – Destroy Improve Rebuild
  2. Agrezzior – Shout
  3. Turnbull A.C.’s – We Can Drink Without Having Fun
  4. E-Craft – Rearrested (v1.0)
  5. Combichrist – Never Surrender (Terence Fixmer Remix)
  6. Ascii.Disko – Jawbreaker
  7. The Neon Judgement – I Cut Loose (Bodyspasm vs. DDD Remix)
  8. v01d (feat. Ayria) – Weakener (Growing Stronger – Short Mix)
  9. Krystal System – Automatic Ideology (Body Edit)
  10. 32Crash – The Man Who Came from Later
  11. Poesie Noire – We’ll Die Dancing
  12. Rotersand – Waiting to be Born
  13. Essence of Mind – Indifference (Kant Kino Mix)
  14. Neurobash – Breaking Patterns (Reedit)
  15. Diffuzion – DBD (While U Can)
  16. Culture Kültur – Sieged
  17. Den.C.T.Bug – Gotteskrieger (Funker Vogt Mix)
  18. Noorglo – Addict

Disc 3

  1. Front 242 – Body to Body (2 Trax)
  2. Patenbrigade_Wolff – Popmusik für Rohrleger (Matrix Edit)
  3. Covenant – Lightbringer (Speedrun)
  4. Nitzer Ebb – Down on Your Knees (Kant Kino Mix)
  5. Angel Theory – Every Time I Look at You
  6. R.I.P. (Roppongi Inc Project) – Riperbahn
  7. Studio-X – Body Music
  8. Isis Signum feat. Drey – Music is My Heart (Alternative Version)
  9. Celluloide – Et Si… (Nouveau Mix)
  10. Nachtmahr – Mädchen in Uniform (Faderhead Mix)
  11. Funker Vogt – Fire & Forget
  12. Sturm Cafe – Die Wahrheit
  13. Armageddon Dildos – Untergrund (Darkmen Mix)
  14. Leæther Strip – Strap Me Down (Body Machine Mix)
  15. Suicide Commando – Death Cures All Pain (Kant Kino Edit Mix)
  16. Amgod – Stigmata 2010 (Traumatic Brain Injury Mix)
  17. Individual Totem – Lost Souls (Nordschlacht Dance Remix)
  18. Mentallo & the Fixer – Legion of Leper (Reedit)

Disc 4

  1. Llumen – Cold in December (Eternal Winter Mix)
  2. Technoir – Human Shapes (Rough Mix)
  3. Dupont – Entering the Ice Age
  4. Brüderschaft – Forever (Colony 5 Mix)
  5. Assemblage 23 – Collapse
  6. Autodefah – Love, Hate, and Pain
  7. Kant Kino – Owner of This House Lives Here (Club Mix)
  8. [De_Ad_Cibel] – Too Tired to Consume
  9. IC 434 – Sangre de Toro
  10. Der Prager Handgriff – Vorwärts
  11. Plastic Noise Experience – Headcrash
  12. Ayria – Blue Alice (Dead When I Found Her Mix)
  13. Uberbyte – Money Shot (Club Mix)
  14. Noisuf-X – Fucking Invective
  15. Alien Vampires – She’s on Drugs (More than Me)
  16. Pouppee Fabrikk – Symptom (Disease Mix)
  17. Jäger 90 – Der Verzicht
  18. HausHetaere – Sunshine is My Destroyer (Darkmen Mix)

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Trubie Turner (Flexei)

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