This 74 minute compilation CDR was our first CD format release in mid-1998.
Actually it was the very first home burnt CDr release that we know of;
just as CD burners came on to the market at a semi-affordable price.
The album features many of the artists that were reviewed in the first
Blatant Propaganda zine: 15 independent artists from the Australian
underground and 2 from the U.S.A. Between 350-400 copies of this CDr
have been burnt, one by one, and either sent out as promos or sold via
From "BMA (Bands Music Action)" monthly street magazine, Canberra,
"... Some really freaked out tracks are on offer here, ranging
from album opener, EYE's "Logo Identity
(k.k.k.)", with it's cold, clinical beats and almost retro-like
vox, through to ELF's acid-tinged
trip "oi-ya!" Other highlights include Zeitgeist's
awesome gothic-metal contribution "Death by Porn", the deep darkwave
sounds of NovaKILL's "skreamFLESH"
and Dogmachine's cyber-electronica
piece "Fetish". Other sub-genres covered include cabaret-elektro,
dub, trance, jungle and drum & bass, so there is a really large
variety here that can come under the scope of electronica/industrial/darkwave.
It is selling for only $5 so if any of those styles interest you,
then with this compilation you can't really go wrong.
John Purnell-Webb, host of "Necropalypse" radio show on 4ZZZ 102.1fm,
"Thankyou so much! That cd is great! Just in time for APRA week
as well so I'm giving it a flogging."
This excerpt is from a lengthy review on the "Ledland" web-site.
The full review can be found "here":
"... I really like a lot of these tracks... I'm very impressed
with this CD, none of the bands on it are crap. Certainly there
is music I'm not into, but that's just personal preference. All
the music is good quality, and I'll definately be investigating
a few of these bands more closely..."
Review by Siobhan McCarthy in the AKASHA Inc. zine "Transient/Deviant"
Dec. 98 (99 Van Dyke ST. Toxteth Liverpool L8 ORS UK):
CD of the Issue: Blatant Propaganda Vol. 1
Sent on by those nice EYE guys from
Australia, I've been looking forward to reviewing this. The CD starts
off with EYE and "Logo Identity (k.k.k.)" which I have already said
is utterly addictive cyber stuff; they'll soon have a large following
in Liverpool/M.I.R.A.G.E. if I have anything to do with it!
Next is "Condenser" by TESTUBE, a
cool CABARET VOLTAIRE/ early OMD type of thing; lo-fi and almost
trancy in places. I utterly approve.
"Control" by STERILE follows; I anticipated
something good from what I've heard and oh yes it is - KMFDM meets
DIE KRUPPS... oooo.
Now ZEITGEIST too I'd come across
and this is more of the same (very good but not quite my thing)
PARADISE LOST style thrash with CREATURES vox. Strange, as I dig
Subsequently, we have KEYSTONE with
"Mmm Mmm", sort of cyberjazz and frankly bewildering.
Next is "Digitised" by in-FUSED;
a little too derivative-industrial for me but a competent song with
bridges that hold the attention.
"Lovekult" follows, by FRANKIE DEATH & THE
PHOTON BELT- indie punk with a saving bridge to chorus percussion
FATERAZOR is next, with "Blackguard
Wolfpack - Tetaz Dub"; think of MARIONETTES/WHORES OF BABYLON's
dubs and you'll rightly surmise that this one's pretty cool.
Halfway through and we encounter the DARK
VIOLENCE OF BEAUTY with "Catherine Pt. 1" - self-described
as "gothabilly"; it reminds me of SEX GANG CHILDREN & the ADDAMS
FAMILY, with the Lurch-ian Sideshow Bob guttural interludes. Rather
quirky, I kinda like it.
Wolve's introduce us to "Sciomancy" by BRIDE
OF THE ATOM; with a MIDNIGHT CONFIGURATION underbeat (never
a bad thing) OMD vox, not bad at all.
Cool, NOVAKILL are next; they're
normally pretty good. Here we have the track "skreamFLESH", a s..l..o..w..
cybergoth thing, something I'd imagine would make excellent party
background music, especially where it picks up tempo. Another good
Next is TROLL with "Sits & Sews"
(haven't heard from you in a while, guys!) True to form, it's another
cool stompy Goth rock track whose beat just gets into your head
- I hope they find the success they deserve.
CENTRIFUGUE with "Triangular Seas"
follows, an up-tempo hybrid of RAW SEX cabaret, NICK DRAKE and incredibly
early DEPECHE MODE. Um. Yes, I think I like this.
Then comes "Fetish" by DOGMACHINE,
a cyber NIN/late DEPECHE MODE mix. As I'm hopelessly out of fashion
and think that anything that has Reznor�s stamp on it is just plain
sexy, this is great and sounds as if it were mixed by ULTRAVIOLENCE,
but with strange female vox. Nice one. I think this is another Catacombs
must (j.citizen's note: 'Catacombs' is Siobhan's Liverpool nightclub).
Next is "Perpetuity (buzz mix)" by T.O.P.,
which sounds exactly as they describe themselves - jungle electronica.
And it's bloody good.
RAY CATHODE's "Sex Model" follows;
a little reminiscent of lo-fi EYE so I'm bound to like it.
And finally... the weird and wonderful ELF
with "oi-ya! (dirt mix)"... If you can imagine cyber new
world music with bouncy SASH/industrial bridges, then that comes
pretty close. Mad, but totally recommended. This goes for the whole
CD. Go buy.
Rating: 3 & a 1/2 out of 5. Track-Ratings above 3 & 1/2: Testube
and ON (4); EYE, STERILE & DOGMACHINE (5)."
Review from "Revelations" (now called "Flesh & Wire") magazine, Adelaide,
Australia., February 1999.
"Blatant Propaganda Volume 1 has been keeping itself busy in my
CD player for many moons :) I've been really surprised by the high
standard of both the bands and quality of sound on the CD. Personally,
I'm more into the EBM/TECHNO side of industrial so there were certain
tracks that i enjoyed more then others, but I was able to appreciate
all the bands involved in the project...
The CD begins with EYE's track "Logo
Identity". Why is this band first? Because the CD is their idea!
But hey, that's okay because it's a bloody catchy piece of electro-industrial
with enough "blip" and "bleep" sounds to keep any cyborg in a state
of rapture. The lyrics are anti-capitalist for all you left-wingers
out there. Eye give a big nod to SNOG without trying to copy Thrussell.
Strangely enough, if I could pick one word to describe the track
it would be "bouncy".
Testube give us "Condenser" which
is a much more relaxed, ambient piece than the opener. It is a beautifully
crafted, high quality instrumental that impresses me greatly.
Sterile throws another shrimp onto
the barbed wire with their razor-sharp, sample filled, offering
of "Control". They remind me a bit of Fear Factory due to their
crossover metal/electronic style. If anything they manage to out-intensify
Fear Factory: their metal heavier and darker and their electronica
Zeitgeist, the first gothic-sounding
band on the album, contribute and enjoyable track "Death By Porn".
The lead the singer has a beautiful voice and as the track continues
a distinct metal edge enters into the equation. A most unusual sounding
The next song I enjoyed is the extremely cheesy "Lovekult" by
Frankie Death & the Photon Belt. It
reminds me a bit of "Very Groovy boots" by the Electric Hellfire
Club. Not particularly industrial or gothic but I don't think it
is meant to be. Enjoyable as a tongue-in-cheek novelty song.
"Sciomancy", which can be found on Bride
of the Atom's CD "Web of Spider" is an eclectic piece showing
many genre-hopping influences. A pounding tribal beat and soft,
almost crooned vocals.
NovaKILL are new to me but certainly
beg to be considered for closer attention. A very dark gothic-electro
song, "skreamFLESH" is, like a Siren, beautiful and threatening
at the same time. Filled with samples and punctuated by a keyboard
this song will be enjoyed by industrial and gothic fans alike.
I was very surprised by Dogmachine's
contribution to this compilation. "Fetish" is more techno-orientated
than other stuff of theirs I have heard. Kinda like Ministry goes
techno with a female vocalist. Or maybe not. Anyway, this is a fantastic
song which really has some "guts" (whatever that means).
ELF (EYE's techno/ambient side-project)
close the show with "Oi-ya (dirt mix). Too much of this type of
electronic is dull due to repetitive loops and lack of innovation,
but luckily this is not the case with this song. ELF mix things
up changing the beat and tempo constantly to make this an interesting
and very danceable tune.
So..why should you buy this CD? You get 17 songs (74 minutes) from
some of Australia's best electronica, industrial and darkwave acts
for $5 ( a couple of the acts are from America). I was really amazed
by the high quality of both the artists and the recording. I was
also surprised by the diversity. Electro, metal, gothic rock, techno,
drum 'n bass, ambient, swing, experimental. It's all here, but with
the roots firmly in the gothic and industrial genres."
Review by Ben Didier in "Grinding Into Emptiness" Web-zine, USA 1999:
This compilation CD-R is a spin off from the Australian industrial/electro
'zine "Blatant Propaganda". It showcases a wide variety of acts
spanning a number of different genres -- the best of the down under
EYE open the disk with the hyper,
electro-punk "Logo Identity (k.k.k.)". Brazenly anti-corporate --
"Kill Koca Kola / annihilate MacDonalds" -- this is an energetic
track to start things off with. Testube,
one of only two US bands on the comp, contribute "Condenser"
from their "Post-Apocalypse" LP. This is a solid, fairly simple
mix of light percussion and repetitive synth melodies in the vein
of some older XMTP. The other US act is New Mexico's in-FUSED
who contribute a solid electro-industrial track of the style DSBP
Records is known for. Sterile take
up yet another new direction with the metallic, guitar-heavy "Control".
The harsh vocals contrast Zeitgeist's harmonious
female lead singer that follows, though the crunchy power chords
are similar in both tracks. Frankie Death
and the Photon Belt are one of the more poppy contributors,
who play an infectious form of electronic infested rock. Dark
Violence of Beauty play a darker style of rock with high
pitched guitar, straightforward drum kit and growly Swansish vocals.
Fate Razor throw down some of the
only drum'n'bass, which is administered over a laid back bed of
digitally warped vocals and interesting synthesizer effects. NOVAkILL
have a dark, brooding style of electro, while Troll
contribute another guitar-based demo song with strong female
vocals. Centrifuge are one of the
more unique groups included, with a smooth blend of piano, relaxed
vocals and wind instruments sewn together with electronic production.
This could almost pass off as some sort of futuristic lounge. Dogmachine
on the other hand, dish out a frenetic song that seems to
be heavily influenced by the digital hardcore camp. T.O.P.
fuse emotive piano with break beats for another interesting
crossover, while Ray Cathode focuses
more heavily on the percussive element with an upbeat dance track.
ELF, the all electro Eye alter-ego,
wrap things up with "oi-ya". The guitars and vocals are shed in
favour of a dance-friendly, sample heavy electro stew.
This is a surprising amount of talent considering I hadn't heard
much of anything from Australia in the way of electronics before
this disk. "Blatant Propaganda" doesn't offer a lot of frilly packaging
or high quality cover art, but the result is an agreeable low price
of only five bucks."