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Zeromancer | Eurotrash | review | electro | rock | Lollipop

Zeromancer

Eurotrash (Cleopatra)
by Scott Hefflon

Zeromancer combines members from Seigmen, Kidneythieves, and Prick (cool, always wondered what happened to those guys) and has toured with The 69 Eyes, The Kovenant (or more likely Covenant, Cleopatra being "famous" for spelling everything but their own name wrong), and Project Pitchfork. Gorgeous, dark pop anthems make Eurotrash a great record for home brooding as well as club floor twirling, and more aggro moments will appeal to industrial freeks, well, without getting too elitist about it. Call it accessible industrial, but seeing as so many claim to love throbbing industrial yet Metropolis is on the verge of going out of business, a little commercial attention to this kinda stuff might be nice.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are some Manson howls and KMFDM guitar chugs, though early God Lives Underwater and Prick make better references, and I keep getting flashes of Pop Will Eat Itself, but that's probably because, as erratic as they were, I really liked a couple of their records. And Circle of Dust, but even lots of rivitheads don't know who they are/were, but if ya like this, find that, and vice versa. I think Zeromancer are German cuz it pops up in the bio a lot and their names "look German" to me, but there's a real Brit pop feel to the soaring anthemry, but mixed with hard beats, croaking vocals, and distorted guitars so you won't get them confused with, like, Oasis. They have more teeth, and so do their songs. Hell, they sometimes sound kinda like Grand Theft Audio (they had a couple key tracks in Dude, Where's My Car?), but U.S. audiences seem not to've caught onto that band either, so why don't I just stop already... Like Orgy? Buy this. And for fuck's sake, go get some Metropolis releases, would ya?
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