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Ghost and The Hate Cage reviews by Dead Earnest

Dead Earnest’s Choice Selection – Industrial/EBM

IDIOT STARE: Ghost CD£12.99
If the Torn Skin CD I reviewed around the same time is as cracking an example of industrial EBM as you’ll find, then it’s just their luck that………….this one’s even better. A set of fourteen songs on which the achievment of getting beats, layers, power, dynamics, leads, melodies, sequencers, vocals, song-writing and arranging, producing and playing to be THIS hot is nothing other than jaw-dropping. Song after song explodes into life but here the electronics and electronic rhythmic components are more prevalent, with drums and bass also of an electronically derived nature, as the vocals are uniformly upfront but with just the right air of menace and distance. The production throughout as song after crunching song erupts and shatters, the heady combinations of beats and rhythms, synths and sequencers, bass and samples all evoking feelings of pure adrenaline-rush heaven. In fact, at no time do you feel like you’re listening to fourteen versions of the same song – oh, didn’t I tell you – this is a remix album. Forget the detail, listen to the result – as awesome an example of head-bending EBM as they come and if this doesn’t make you feel like you’ve just gone ten rounds with Lennox Lewis, nothing will. Awesome.

IDIOT STARE:The Hate Cage CD£12.99
IMMENSE – this is classic electro-industrial metal at its rampaging best with huge rhythms, tons of synths, aggressive vocals that fit perfectly, excellent use of samples, searing guitar riffs, and one immense sound that kills at small distances. But the best part about this is that there are 17 tracks with hook lines that stay with you and it’s one of those brilliant albums that you just play and play and play, doing the air guitar bit, flailing around the room like a dervish on heat. If only the guys who used Underworld’ s ‘Born Slippy’ in the ‘Trainspotting’ film had heard this first, they’d have realised that this wipes the floor with the supposed titanium strength track many regarded it as. From start to finish the production, playing, arrangements and compositions are varied, addictive and more than the likes of Ministry and their ilk have delivered. Ten out of ten and no mistake.

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Ghost review by Stillborn Zine

Nati nel ’95 e successivamente fusisi agli Insight 23, gli Idiot Stare sono una band che propone un interessante industrial metal molto ballabile e aggressivo.. “Ghost” è un maxi-singolo ove oltre alla versione originale di “Ghost”, vi sono 12 remix, “World Destruction” (del ’99) come bonus track e il video della versione originale di “Ghost”… Continue Reading

Ghost review by Gothic Review

Having never heard of Idiot Stare (or STG for that matter) I was really curious to see and hear what this band is all about. This single is the BEST remix single that I’ve received this year. While none of the remixes surpass the original version that Idiot Stare did, there are some rather more… Continue Reading

Ghost review by Chain DLK

After the infamous Sony Pictures and MTV conglomerates picked two tracks by Valencia, California based Idiot Stare for the 7th episode of the animated Spiderman series, the band has decided to embark on a remixing journey for one of the two selected songs, the title track “Ghost”; so, besides the original, you get interpretations by… Continue Reading

Ghost review by Black Sheep Zine

Reviewed by Matt Ossen IDIOT STARE have been no strangers to the Industrial underground. Since 1995 they have been on numerous compilations and soundtracks, and they have self-released a few EPs and a couple of full-lengths on their own BODYBAG PRODUCTIONS as well. One great thing about this “GHOST” REMIXES is that I was able… Continue Reading

Ghost review by Sub Level 203

by Laura B. Idiot Stare, established in 1994, has seen a growing popularity over the years. Sony Pictures and MTV have used the music of Idiot Stare in “Spiderman: The Animated Series”. The track “Ghost”, which was used in episode seven, is presented here as a single that includes 12 other remixes with the oddball… Continue Reading

Ghost review by Legends Magazine

By Ray Van Horn, Jr. Thirteen…count ’em, thirteen…variations of the same song Plus a bonus track which is actually an update of a previously recorded song. The arrogance…the pretentiousness…the masturbatory self-effrontery…the potential to be utterly obnoxious… Okay, the Shamen proved something this glorifying could actually work ages ago with En-Tact, but really, thirteen variations of… Continue Reading

Ghost review by From Dust Magazine

By e.David Ghost is a new extended remix single, containing diverse remixes of the title track from 11 artists, a Quicktime video for it, and a bonus track (“World Destruction 2003 Version”). Musically it is basically guitar-driven industrial in the vein of Christ Analogue or Sister Machine Gun. Though not typically a style I’m into,… Continue Reading

Ghost review by Sick Among the Pure

By:Brad Hirn Goth supermodel Donna Ricci posed for the album cover and liner notes of Idiot Stare’s self-indulgent Ghost remix single CD (thirteen interpretations of Idiot Stare’s “Ghost” plus an updated version of Time Zone’s “World Destruction” and the new music video for “Ghost”).  Please excuse my ingrained skepticism of Rock bands featuring a nude… Continue Reading

Ghost review by Music Extreme

Opening with electronic sounds and almost dancing beats this bands surprises with their sort of depressive electro music. This guys are really original because they have some accessible melodies and sounds and at the same time they use a lot of industrial sounds that give an oppressive feeling to their music. And this feeling, combined… Continue Reading