También del mes de Julio, aquí les dejo esta producción (SUPERproducción hahahaha). Así es, de nuevo tenemos a los holandeses de The Peoples Republic of Europe con su quinto disco, llamado Singularity, que me emociona a tal grado que no tengo palabras para expresar lo poca m.dre que está hahaha, ni tampoco me puedo explicar porque esperé tanto tiempo para compartirlo con todos ustedes xD. De verdad, si buscan mucho punch, nunca dejen de escuchar el poderosísimo sonido Noise de uno de los mejores exponentes del género (y yo creo que ya voy a empezar a dar garantía de que los discos son buenos, si no se alucinan con la de Drone Riots … chale pues que mal andan hahahaha). ¡¡¡¡¡¡Disfrutenlo!!!!!!

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The Peoples Republic of Europe (tPROE) zegt zelf met hun vijfde album 'Singularity' een cd te hebben gemaakt over de komende mens-machine beschaving. Vanaf het eerste moment dat tPROE haar klanken ten gehore brengt, is het duidelijk dat het niet gaat om een beschaving, maar een oorlog waarin de mens aan het kortste eind gaat trekken. De meeste tracks op het album bestaan namelijk uit technologische soundscapes, machinale met distortion doordrenkte beats en dit opgevuld met goed gekozen voicesamples. De cd beukt door je speakers als een futuristische Mechwarrior, die niet van plan is om te stoppen voordat werkelijk de gehele stad in puin ligt.

De titeltrack 'Singularity' zet gelijk de toon voor de rest van het album. Beklemmend, duister en snoeihard. Overal klinken loeiende sirenes en communicerende modems. De enige adempauze is 'Bionic Funk', waar een stampende breakbeat een klein moment van bezinning toelaat. Maar daarna raast de trein onverstoord verder. Als na de afsluitende soundscape 'Bitter Seventeen' het einde van de wereld zoals we hem nu kennen evident is, is de conclusie duidelijk… maar goed voor de mens dat deze toekomstvisie niet aan de orde is.

Over de gehele cd maakt tPROE handig gebruik van voicesamples. Zo wordt in 'Drone Riots' de stem uit het YouTube-filmpje 'Crazy German Kid' gemanipuleerd tot opperbevelhebber. En in 'Female Domination' slaagt tPROE erin om Paris Hilton, die haar hond roept, geheel uit de context te trekken. Op deze manier gebruikt de band samples als spreekbuis om hun boodschap te verkondigen. Een donkere boodschap waarin weinig van de door de band zelf geschetste beschaving terug te vinden is, maar waar techniek en mechanica hoogtij vieren.

Al met al is 'Singularity' dus geen gemakkelijke plaat. Dit komt voornamelijk door de constant dreunende vierkwarts beats, waardoor er geen enkele ruimte is voor de luisteraar om zelf te verdwalen in de door tPROE voorgeschotelde toekomstvisie. Je wordt geacht deze visie te nemen zoals hij is. Geen bridge in de nummers waardoor je tijd krijgt om het slagveld met eigen ogen te aanschouwen en je plan te trekken. Geen moment van hoop, geen sprankje licht. De oorlog tussen mens en machine wordt verloren door de mens. Punt! Uit! Pfff…we vechten niet eens terug!

Craven, Musicfrom.nl

Holland’s best powernoise export is back again with another big bang, now signed with the American Vendetta Music label. This new album has again more beats and kicks than the entire Steven Seagal filmography. It’s also a logical follow-up to their latest album, the successful ‘Lubrication’. Were in the beginning The Peoples Republic where more experimental in sound approach, with a lot of soundscape material, in the later albums they got more and more beat-oriented, which resulted sometimes in a very industrial hardcore/darkcore sound, but without a lot of the clichés. Even a lot of EBM oriented powernoise projects get worn out pretty fast. With the powernoise of The Peoples Republic of Europe it is different; their music stays interesting in the long-run. Even if their later albums are mostly about beats, and thus more club-oriented, it has lots of interesting sound layers to offer, so you can go back to it every time. This new album has even more beat-driven tracks and less soundscape material. All the sounds on this album should be very familiar by now for fans of this project, and there may be little surprises, but in some way it still sounds very fresh, probably because it’s so energetically handled. What also helps the music is the sometimes darkly cynical approach to the subject matter. This album seems to be mostly centered about domination, in the widest definition. A world dominated by machines, men, women, God, etc.

It starts all hard and furious with ‘Age of Machines’, which really sounds as its title promises. ‘39715’ has cool samples in the form of the tracks title spoken by some female sounding robot. With ‘Bionic Funk’ the hard 4/4 beats turn down and we get a more break-beat approach. A favorite track of mine is the very industrial hardcore sounding ‘Female Domination’, with its use of some good samples and atmospheric sounds. Another big club-hit in the making is ‘Mecca Glacified’. This track is somewhat similar to ‘Female Domination’, but maybe a tad harder. ‘The Vigilante’ has its beats much distorted, something akin to Winterkälte or Synth-Etik. ‘Love and Joy’ is a funny title for this kind of music. It’s again more industrial hardcore with very hard beats. Hard, harder, hardest, seems to be the philosophy on this album. The same goes for ‘The Plague’. All is hard and gritty with only the last track, ‘Bitter Seventeen’, to end in a somewhat quieter, but no less dark, mode.

In the end it may be lacking in surprises, but it is so well made that is really doesn’t matter. The most important part is that the music doesn’t get boring, and they succeeded in keeping it interesting all the way trough. It is especially the hard beats they do so well, but you can also take this album, just as the others, on a deeper level. It has lots of club potential, but just as easily should work with your headphones on while running up and down the stairs. Well done guys, what next?

Fabian, Gothtronic

Interessant, dass es ein Amerikaner ist, der sein Projekt The Peoples Republic Of Europe nennt und als Abbildung eigentlich mehr Asien als Europa abbildet. Vielleicht ist das ein Verweis auf den Wunsch des Projektes, dass wir alle vereint sein sollten. Und wo geht das besser, als auf der Tanzfläche? Gut, man muss sich schon erst einmal für den Sound erwärmen. Denn „Singularity“ ist purer Industrial-Krach. Hier wummern die Beats, hier kracht und scheppert es richtig. Dabei scheint TPROE sich richtig wohl zu fühlen in den verschiedensten Bereichen der harten elektronischen Klangerzeugung. Einerseits kommen klare, markante Beats, andererseits dreckige Rhythmen zum Vorschein. Die verschiedenen Stilrichtungen sind vielleicht auch das Resultat einer langen Vorlaufszeit. Immerhin sind vier Alben von TPROE im Umlauf, allerdings noch als Eigenproduktion. Die insgesamt 13 Stücke sind keine leichten Happen, denn allesamt basieren nur auf das Schlagwerk und lässt eigentlich keine Platz für Melodien übrig. Daher wird sich „Singularity“ nicht so ohne Weiteres durchsetzen. Für die Tanzfläche jedoch wird die LP wieder viel Futter bieten.

Nuuc, Elektrauma

1 year after the “Lubrication”-album The Peoples Republic Of Europe signed to Vendetta Music to release their 5th full-length album. In a way we can consider this album as the first official one to date, but it’s clear that this project already gained a serious experience and recognition as well. “Singularity” still sounds as a sonic bridge between industrial music and noise. It can be now described as power-noise when referring to the “Drone Riots”-track, than to tribal-industrial when reaching the “Bionic Funk”-piece and later on more industrial-trance like when discovering the cool “The Forge” and “Mecca Glacified”-pieces. I can go on, but it clearly demonstrates the wide spectrum of influences this project injects in its sound. The lovers of pure industrial stuff will for sure be more pleased by a cut like “The Vigilante”. The Peoples Republic Of Europe makes no compromises, but holds on a very hard and hitting sound. Some of the songs remain a bit too repetitive although they reveal a noticeable progression in the global song writing. This is for sure an industrial music style built up with an amazing arsenal of influences from very different borders! In my opinion “Singularity” is their best album to date!

Side line

An assault of brutal high-BPM power noise, this album displays a refreshing lack of concern for crossover appeal.With artists dialing down the distortion and dialing up the more overt techno side of the genre, power noise has gotten a lot less... well, noisy in recent years. The Peoples Republic of Europe is a throwback to the early days of the scene when things were so brutal that to attend a power noise club took a pretty high aural pain threshold as well as comfortable dancing clothes. That's not to say that Singularity doesn't have its moments of lighthearted fun; "Female Domination" sets BDSM-themed samples to a metallic thump of a beat, and "Love and Joy" throws in some snippets of vocal house as a reminder that this is in fact club music underneath all of the metallic echoes and washes of distortion. That's more the exception than the rule, though; generally speaking, this project's idea of dance music is best exemplified by "Bionic Funk," which buries an ostensibly groovy breakbeat in industrial-scale reverb and studio static. The coldness and brutality also extends to the song's themes. Such selections as "Age of Machines" and title track "Singularity" concern themselves with the sort of dark computer-controlled future envisioned in the Matrix and Terminator films, and listening to "38715," with its hard monotone kick, feedback crescendos, and synthesized recital of digits, it's easy to imagine such a future has already come to pass and we're listening to the robot dictatorship equivalent of chamber music. Even more confrontational are "Mecca Glacified" and "The Blasphemy Challenge," which combine grating noise and raw metallic rhythms with news commentary to paint an extremely unflattering portrayal of religion in general and conservative Islam in particular. While a few of these tracks could probably fit into a DJ set alongside comparatively accessible artists like Modulate or Terrorfakt, it's clear that Singularity is meant for the diehard fans who cut their teeth on the likes of Converter, Noisex, and Synapscape. In a scene that sometimes seems in danger of becoming diluted, The Peoples Republic of Europe deliver a refreshingly unadulterated kick to the head.

Matthew Johnson, ReGen magazine