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Chain D.L.K. review of Aeon Xpand

July 6, 2008

The Australian Dark Electro duo EMPTY returns with a new EP, which seems to be the remix twin to their successful debut EP "Open Aeon", released 2 years ago. Meanwhile Aaron Potter and Daniel Brunet have joined and reached the membership of the still active Australian Crash Frequency collective and this collaboration has offered more contacts and recognition to them. Asides some more live performances, the appearance of some collective comrades like PROCESS VOID and IN-TRANZIT, both providing remix works has happened through this. To all fans awaiting curiously a full-length album of EMPTY, well, "Aeon Xpand" can"t offer anything like this. With "Castrated" there"s only one new track, all other 7 tracks are remix contributions " although "Castrated" is an awesome Dark Electro smasher, which kicks ass. Very near to the patterns like older DISMANTLED and FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, "Castrated" in its Original Version comes out surprising straight oriented. 2 additional remix works of this track by ZINTEK and IN-TRANZIT are available and support this great new track excellent. The other remix works by DISHARMONY, PASK (both on "Alone"), JVL 7 ("Scarred"), PROCESS VOID and SEARAD (both on "Torn") are taking their originals out of the two years old "Open Aeon" EP and can all offer additional and valuable elements to them. Especially the remix of PASK on "Alone" combines the layered Dark Electro sound of the creators with some crispy Powernoise drum patterns " this one caught already full attention on the "Arable Farmland 3" compilation. "Aeon Xpand is overall a nice addition to "Open Aeon" and with more coming new tracks in a similar quality of "Castrated", you can be assured that another Dark Electro giant will be able to rival the throne of the current wave with BRAIN LEISURE, NCE, OBJECT or NORDSCHLACHT. Check this out!

-Marc Tater

Rating: 4/5 (80%)

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The new album "Surfacing" is now available

Empty - Surfacing

A breath of badly needed fresh air.

- Rick Gallo (Arable Farmland - Chicago, USA)

Complex and melodic, with an underlying current of desperation.

- Charles Fenech (ANGELTHEORY - Melbourne, Australia)

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