MINI ALBUM SCANNER, WONDERLAND RELEASE:
JANUARY 28, 2002 REVIEW: MARCH 18, 2002
is a one man band consisting of Axel Kleintjes. On this limited edition
mini album, he offers seven tracks mixing industrial and EBM built with
rhythms and loops.
Almost the entire work feels consistent with high pace tracks which make
you want to move your feet. It is built on modern EBM beats spiced with
noisy or industrial sounding loops. These loops most often make it a lot
more interesting, adding a new and delightfully distorted dimension to
the music. The typical vocals do not prevail over the music but exist
in the background, behind the drums, bass lines and trance sounds.
A couple of tracks break the pattern. "Activated (System Upgrade Version)"
is built on a distorted hip hop sounding rhythm, which really does it
for me. This track should have been instrumental, but there is an annoying
female voice saying "system activated" a few times too much. Although,
this is nothing to become indignant for.
"Arkain Scent (Single Edit)" is another track differing from the rest.
It is absolutely clear that Axel made this with Nivek Ogre present - in
his mind. In fact, this is the absolutely best Nivek Ogre imitation I
have ever heard. Add a mid-paced, really cosy rhythm plus skilful arrangements
and it is complete. Yes, this track is a real gem, but very different
from the rest of the material and basically the only track that isn't
dance floor oriented.