Dissonance is the moniker for Dallas artist, Cat Hall who has been a part of the electronic scene since the early 90’s. With the start of a new year, we are being graced with the new single, “Damage” that features fellow U.S. musician, Melodywhore.

CAT HALL/DISSONANCE

Melodywhore is the musical creator, who to great effect gives us the industrial beats while Cat Hall goes from using honey before bringing the heavier, more masculine and angrier vocals, that dominates this number.

There are no less than six remixes of “Damage” to sink your teeth into. From first to last there is ex guitarist of Lords Of Acid and current band Banishment, Joe Haze, with his futuristic, alien overlord takeover sounds, followed Adrian Halo of Machines With Human Skin with his more laid back and sexy mix.

A bit of 80s electronica arcade style vocals and funky beats with horns is the Steven OLaf mix, then it’s Jon Von Herrmann, also known as Vön On The Spectrum, giving us a swirling and thoughtful version.

Brian Carter of REVillusion does the fifth remix which feels stripped back to bare metal bones and the last remix is by Glenn Kirchner Hinkley which is pretty cool and full of clean synths with a retro feel.

Damage 1st Assault” reminds me a lot of the classic Nine Inch Nails number, “Terrible Lie“. Cat Hall has gone for a heavier, more attacking sound for this single and has a lot of well known friends to do some great mixes for her. So check out Dissonance’sDamage“.

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If you are looking for some experimental ambient music, then possibly we know of the EP you need to hear. Spectrograph released at the end November, their EP, A Giant Leap Of Faith, on Depth Records.

This project began in 2012, combining the talents of multi instrumentalist and vocalist Virginia Bones with Phiorio who is a producer of electronic/dance music, as well as a DJ. They describe their style as post industrial/electro.

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The tones are low and seemingly, almost basic but the more one delves into “Dmbt“, the more complex and convoluted it becomes with its revolving beats and tonal injections for this instrumental piece.

The single, “Dead Kittens“, is a dark affair. Slow and foreboding with fuzzy electronic pulses and synth keys that at times feel like they are wandering randomly within a space that has been forgotten.

Minimal clicks and whirs in a loop present “A Giant Leap Of Faith“, and there begins a layering effect of sounds. An occasional cymbal, electronically altered vocals of Bones and two notes of a piano creep across this piece, only to be joined by other noises. Strangely enough it never feels overwhelming or crowded and yet there is a claustrophobic ambience.

Last track, “If You Think You Can Fly” seems to convey the most urgency, like it needs to be on the move on a midnight jaunt to who knows where. It is bleak, metallic and wonderful with those odd noises.

Well constructed and rather interesting to say the least. If you don’t get electronic music then this won’t be for you but if you love electronica that push music limits with intelligence, then you should most definitely have a listen to Spectrograph’s A Giant Leap Of Faith.

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You may or may not have heard of unsigned, industrial act Corvax. Based in London, but hailing from Wales, David Marvelly is the man behind Corvax and his second EP release, Talk To The Man.

With four tracks, we step off with “Pills” which feel a bit like listening to early Trent Reznor, when he was young and angst ridden. This is clanking industrial with twinkling wisps of synthesisers. Mavelly will quietly tell you he doesn’t want to feel anything any more, then threaten you wanting to take the pills.

Title track, “Talk To The Man” is far more smooth and slicker. This is also the single with its groovy electric guitar and obviously influenced by Mike Patton. Over all has a very oppressive and claustrophobic feel.

Good” makes me think Einstürzende Neubauten with the low dark vocals and percussion lead instrumentation that wanders into different styles and back again.

CORVAX – DAVID MARVELLY

Last track is a fifty-one second vignette called “Failure“, featuring the lovely vocals of Maella, accompanied by acoustic guitar and bursts of wind like electric noise.

This isn’t the longest of EPs but makes up for it in experimentation, leading to some pretty cool sounds and following in the footsteps of some rather big names. Go check out, up and coming artist, Corvax with his Talk To The Man.

https://corvaxofficial.bandcamp.com/album/talk-to-the-man

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December, 2019 was the release of Cellmod’s latest album, The Dissident, on the label Mekanick.

The man behind this EDM/ industrial/electronic juggernaut is Juan Espinosa of Florida.

This latest album consists of new pieces but also remastered versions of the singles “Praying Mantis” and “The Machine” which were both first released in 2017.

Juan Espinosa of Cellmod

It would be an injustice to pull this album apart but rather just give you a glimpse of this pure electronic offering.

There is always a driving beat throughout each piece of music. Each is seamlessly put together and flows in a hypnotic fashion.

A fusion of EDM, techno, industrial, wrapped up in a synthesized dream. This is technically diverse, as Espinosa mixes it up, keeping the tracks fresh with an almost agrotech taint creeping in.

Every track is very much a DJ’s dream of high paced rhythm. I suspect “Fire Storm” may be paying homage to the Prodigy’sFire Starter” but then maybe a nod to Studio X as well.

That is the beauty of this style of music, as it can and does borrow from others and builds on it.

For me the feature tracks are “Harder Serum“, with a special hats off to the featured Giant Monsters On The Horizon on the remixed version and “Ransacked” with its high energy.

The Dissident is a highly danceable album with a superb production. Cellmod has made a brilliant, futuristic masterpiece that deserves your attention if you like any of these genre.

https://cellmod.bandcamp.com/album/the-dissident

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