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Severe Illusion

A year and a half after the highly acclaimed album "Accomplishments of Leopold II",the Swedish electro duo Severe Illusion unleash their third hard electronic assault "Shortcut To Civilization". The new album perfectly blends the purest elements of old school EBM, dark elektro, noise and flirts with clubby electro basslines.There's some great stuff for all DJ's in this package. 15 varied tracks which scope the landscape of S.I.'s influences, and their own original blending of these styles and sounds.

Fans of harsh industrial, hard punching electro & intricate beats will be addicted to the 65-minute relentless electro attack.

01 Life Ends Here
02 Erased
03 Killing useless nations
04 Nuclear Advantage
05 Competitive
06 Barbarian
07 Right in your Hostile little face
08 Bad People
09 One foot on the cross
10 Solution
11 Named after you
12 Thinking about mountains
13 Death from above
14 Running like a madman
15 Our Future

c) 2006 DSBP/SEVERE ILLUSION

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ARTIST: SEVERE ILLUSION
TITLE: "shortcut to civilization"
CATALOG #: DSBP#1079
RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 20th, 2006
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[severeillusion.com]

Despite the fact that this album was created in Spring of 2004 in Sweden by SEVERE ILLUSION, the real accomplishments of the real Leopold II was committed in Congo between the years 1885-1908 while collecting ivory and rubber, building a railroad and teaching the inhabitants the art of civilization.It has been estimated that between 10-14 million people were killed to achieve Leo's goals of conquest.

Dark electro/ harsh industrial, clanky percussions and dance-floor tracks combine here for a very intresting and Riotous set of tunes! Ulf and Fredrik have definately grown on this album from their "D.I.R.E." release in 2003.You can hear a signature sound forming here, and a good amount of new sounds and style taken on this disc.Not trying to write "hits" they focus on a consistent and intresting body of work here, that has so many moments it must be listened to in full.16 tracks and a full 74 + minutes of classic, powerful, and raging electronics! This Swedish duo hit the mark on this new release!

1- Genau Wie Ich
2- Beautifal
3- Natural Causes
4- Girl With A Knife In Her Hand
5- The Giant Never Speaks Enough
6- Stay Away From Us
7- Pieces Of A Riot
8- Congo By Force
9- No Hands
10- Open Rebellion
11- Quality Work
12- Chimera
13- The King Is Dead
14- The River
15- Good Riddance Frank, You're Dead
16- Good Riddance Frank, You're Dead
17- Good Riddance Frank, You're Dead

c 2005 DSBP and SEVERE ILLUSION

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Natural Causes
Girl With A Knife In Her Hand
The Giant Never Speaks Enough

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ARTIST: SEVERE ILLUSION
TITLE :"Accomplishments of Leopold II"
CATALOG # :DSBP#1069
RUNNING TIME: 74 minutes plus..
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 17th, 2005
[myspace]
[severeillusion.com]

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After having heard and enjoyed their previously released stuff I really thought I would know this band and their music very well. Well, I have to revise my judgement on this Swedish duo, because this new full length release surprises me in many ways. First I am wondering how this guys came to the idea to work out a conceptual release with the happenings – better said atrocities - of the Belgium king Leopold II in Africa more than 100 years before. This is thematically far away from all “end time visions” any other current EBM/Electro band would offer. And also musically is this new release of Sweden’s power-hitters No. 1 far away from any trendy SC/HOCICO clone. I get hold of myself often that I think: “Oh-no, this is stupid, it sounds chaotic and/or imperfect – they can not do this and take it seriously.” Well, I’ve missed the target again! Where other bands of this genre wouldn’t waste any further second to use some more experimental and disturbing noises, here comes SEVERE ILLUSION to show and teach us how they can. I would describe SEVERE ILLUSION’s music as a mixture between old-school EBM lines with a rich amount of static and unconventional noises mostly arranged in a chaotic style, combined with some extremely rough distorted vocals. This explosive mixture awakes some real Punk-like feelings in me and has more life and identity than any other current release can offer. I have to admit that this new output of this duo needed a lot of time to grow on me. I still had in mind the long and often heard predecessor “Discipline is Reward Enough” which features more the classic EBM patterns which I enjoyed so much. And so this new and MUCH MORE destroying release needed several rotations before I recognized the whole potential this fantastic disc has to offer. Some memories on classic swedish EBM-tracks like “Keine Zukunft” or “Die Jugend” of the veteran POUPPEE FABRIKK they awake with the opening track “Genau wie Ich” where the try to sing in German. My favorites can be found with the track “Beautiful” which follows much the sound of the predecessor and with fast pieces “Stay Away From Us” and “Open Rebellion” which can cause simply some injuries by hitting your head against a wall! Also the almost Powernoise-like effort “Congo by Force” impresses totally where they give the overall distorted track some nice melodic layers. 17 destroying tracks full of madness far away from any hypes and a playing time of never boring 75 minutes make this release outstanding. This is once again an extremely good release by the DSBP label and I can only congratulate Tommy T to have this great artist under his wing. Bad luck for the European audience that they still have to wait to get this release official. The German label Celtic Circle Production has the rights to release this masterpiece as a limited double CD with a slight different track list and artwork (done by Anders Karlsson of the legendary Powernoise act THE PAIN MACHINERY by the way...), but it is still delayed. This stuff doesn’t take any prisoners and needs some more rotations to get fully enjoyment. Give it the needed time and you will be richly rewarded.
Review by: Marc Tater