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More Tickets from the Past

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2013 by Lightning Slim

Hi all. More tickets to show off – of particular interest this time is an old stub from Operation Rock & Roll from 1991. That’s the Toronto show where Rob Halford beaned himself riding out on the Hog during “Hell Bent For Leather” and decided after the show to leave Priest. Teenaged me almost lost his mind!

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Album Review – Front Line Assembly “Improvised Electronic Device” 2010

Posted in Album Reviews, Sevens to Nines with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2010 by Lightning Slim

  While no one would deny that Artificial Soldier is a loud, abrasive and intentionally industrial record, follow-up IED marks the significant return of metallic guitars to FLA’s arsenal. Single “Shifting Through the Lens” has the group doing their best Haujobb impersonation for dance floor accessibility, but much of the album is punchier, with an almost polite mixture of breakbeats and crunch reminiscent of Implode or Civilization. Mid-record tracks “Laws of Deception” and “Pressure Wave” skew even heavier, reaching back to grasp Millennium levels of thrash whallop.

What’s nice about these proceedings is the economy and restraint that has been applied to the release; FLA fans used to wading through hundreds of hours of material to find the gems will be pleasantly surprised by the solidity of IED as a start-to-finish listen. Another bonus is the collaboration with Al Jourgensen on “Stupidity”, a hyperkinetic tantrum (as expected) with some of the rough edges on the ride smoothed out by the Canadian crew.

Improvised Electronic Device is highly recommended for both millennium nostalgics and the new generation of artificial soldiers. 8 out of 10

Album Review – Delerium “Voice: An Acoustic Collection” 2010

Posted in Album Reviews, FourFiveSix with tags , , , , on October 18, 2010 by Lightning Slim

  The prolific Messrs Leeb and Fulber have given me much joy over the years, so it is with sorrow that I must condemn this shameful cash-grab. Presented as “acoustic” versions of electronic music tracks, these selections are designed to take full advantage of Delerium’s latter-day relationship with a number of female session vocalists and pop stars.

It’s an intriguing prospect, but it all falls a bit flat. The FLA family contains some of the world’s most skilled producers of lush soundscapes and multi-layered tracks, but they are not earth shattering songwriters. Stripping these songs of all that technical wizardry reveals most of them to be little more than passable cafe worldbeat jazz. Listeners may also feel a bit cheated in that the vocal tracks have largely been lifted directly from the source albums without re-recording them. It’s nice to hear worldwide mega-hit “Silence” unplugged but a bit of a bummer to have Sarah Mclachlan’s decade-old performance pasted onto it. Old chestnut “Flowers Become Screens” is the exception to this trend, with Kristy Thirsk providing an angle fresh enough to make us forget the lack of subterranean bass.

Three new full-strength electronic tracks are also included, more or less in the same lighter style as 2006’s Nuages du Monde, and therefore less than memorable. If any Delerium completists have room left on their shelves after the flurry of remixes, compilations and re-issues the band put out over the past few years, that may be the only chance Voice has to find a home.  4 out of 10

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