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SIDE-LINE REVIEWS - DIVERJE -"BURN AWAY" CD!!!

Diverje Burn Away (CD DSBP)
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Get ready for the 7th CD of Diverje. This American project centered around DSBP boss Tommy T has already been active since the 90s, and has maintained a constant evolution in sound. Tommy T welcomed a new member on Burn Away and the least I can say is that Adam Lane is a very prolific acquisition! This is for sure the most achieved, powerful and efficient album from Diverje to date! Diverje has always composed a rather dark electro sound, but it has been never that punchy and powerful. That is not the case on Burn Away. The dark and powerful electronic songs have been spiced up with a few technoid elements while some songs feature real surprises. The injection of guitar parts performed by Vigilante on Bunker Soul (still featuring Cold Drive) isnt the main surprise, but is however a real cool song. The big surprise is the cover version of Depeche Modes Leave In Silence. This is an unexpected version, which is pretty cool. Vince Pujol (ESR) contributed to this song resulting in a powerful electro-pop piece with clear vocals on top. You can clearly notice a late 80s spirit mixed with more contemporary elements. Burn Away is a fascinating release, which is more characterized by darker and stronger songs like Suffer This World, Superficial Slut with a great technoid lead, Evil Never Dies (still the title of a remix album) and the ultra-bouncy, Its A Bong (Not A Bomb). This last cut also reveals technoid elements while screams or terror emerge out of the background. Another essential song, which is probably the absolute (potential) hit is You Can Hurt. This is a great song with a pure EBM basis la Front 242 evolving into a kind of trance-body song. From a pure technical point of view this album has been produced with knowledge. The production of the vocals illustrates the great studio work from this album. After 12 songs we get 3 bonus traxxx with remixes of Suffer This World by Proyecto Crisis and Evil Never Dies by Vigilante plus an efficient Club Mix of Superficial Slut. Diverje has always enjoyed remixes and thats what you can find on the already mentioned album Evil Never Dies. Notice by the way, the aforementioned guest artists. This album features many more guests who contributed to one or more songs. Burn Away is an excellent release! (DP:8)DP.
Band: www.myspace.com/diverje
Label: www.dsbp.cx / www.myspace.com/dsbp


Artist: DIVERJE [ tommyt {at} dsbp {dot} cx ]
Title: Stitched
Format: CD
Label: DSBP [ dsbp {at} dsbp {dot} cx ]
Distributor: Indietective(Germany), DSBP, METROPOLIS(USA)

Thanks to multiple gigs at all thinkable venues in AZ, NM and TX, the electronic-musician-collective DIVERJE, leaded by Tommy T. Rapisardi, has grown to a constant, if not the biggest and best-selling act of the DSBP label. Tommy has built a nice live line-up with 4 other band members which seem to stand dedicated to their chief Tommy himself provides an energetic and extravagant vocal performance. So it was about time to return with a new full-length album two years after the predecessor The Distortion Chamber, since the audience wants to hear new tracks. And somehow the uncountable live performances seem to have left impression especially on Tommy. Is it me, or does his voice sound this time much more aggressive and raging than ever recorded before? Musically I tend to say that the new DIVERJE-sound hasn't changed that much in comparison to The Distortion Chamber. The reasons for this can be recognized thanks to the fact that Tommys stable of integrated guest musicians especially for the main tracks hasnt changed. And why changing a fine working music collective?

At first theres to name Vince Pujol of the French Electro/Industrial act E.S.R.. He has contributed and helped out Tommy over the last 4 years with compositions, sounds, remix works, mixing and production it is obviously that a lot of DIVERJE tracks offer Vinces authentic sci-fi-infiltrated textures. For this album he has provided his marvelous programming abilities on Smell The Blood, which has to be seen as one out of two main tracks here, because this piece has received 2 additional remix works by the Infacted-recording artist PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE 0.1 and the fine DSBP-recording act NOISE PROCESS. Vince has also provided the music for the track Evil One and Run Like Hell, plus he shares the production with Tommy on Help Me and Wrapped Around.

Next one to name is Josh Wood of the New Zealand-based artist THE MERCY CAGE. Josh also stands faithful at Tommys side if it comes to integrate some guitar works to provide a rather Crossover/Cold-Wave-driven sound to DIVERJE. Besides the track Tear It Down he has contributed the music of the cover version available on Stitched, Come Back, originally offered by the J. Geils Band can somebody imagine how it sounds with the tiger-like vocals of Tommy T.? Ever faithful to Tommy through the years, this counts also for Xon of BOUNDLESS. Although he has slowed down his musically activities a bit through the past years thanks to his private family situation, he has always proven his abilities when the call of Tommy came in.

So asides this regulars, some new forces are joining in to offer their abilities too. That NOISE PROCESS would join the DIVERJE collective, isnt that surprising, also regarding the fact, that Michael Renfields solo project R010R is in consideration to be one of the next releases. That they could provide besides the E.S.R.-track Run Like Hell one of the best tracks at all here, Unleashed, featuring some fine catchy synth layer sounds, well, thats surprising. NOISE PROCESS develops to a constant and important trademark for the DSBP label, they also provide a remix work on Smell The Blood.

But I tend to say that the appearance of the Argentinean project ALIEN PRODUKT to compose the title track is the biggest surprise at all. It proves that Tommy T. is able to watch over his own plate, because ALIEN PRODUKT is signed to BLC Productions. Also a second version, a remix of Stitched got created by this South-American act. Emileigh Rohn of the US-Coldwave artist CHIASM provides her well-tuned vocals and the lyrics on Help Me, and the Synth-/Futurepop-act DIVIDER did the composition on the instrumental track Ho For Sho (sampling work by Tommy T.). Last but not least, another remix work provided by the Brazilian act DEAD JUMP accomplishes this album.

As usual for a DIVERJE album, youll get a convincing and diverse sounding Electro/Industrial release, which should be able to appeal fans of the harder-minded EBM/Electro music. It doesnt fall into the flaw and this has to be said to explore already known paths of the Hellektro camp, but it is at least thanks to Tommys vocal performance aggressive as hell.

Review by: Marc Tater ID # 3914 CHAIN DLK Zine http://www.chaindlk.com


The collective project DIVERJE, whose headliner is Tommy T. (from DSBP records), comes with his new album entitled "the distortion chamber". Much more aggressive than it^s predecessor "amphibians", the new effort from DIVERJE offers a very corrosive form of electronic music which yells all the perversions that brings our contemporary Western society. The sixteen songs from this new album hurl the listener through as much collaborations with bands like E.S.R., LEXINCRYPT, THE MERCY CAGE, BOUNDLESS and IMPLANT, to name a few. Strong from these collaborations, the album brings a diverse and eclectic, yet homogenous approch and sounds^ And, one day or another, everyone will be needing a distortion chamber to keep his mind and spirit sane from the everyday^s alienation!

reviewed by Pierre Pinsonnault (ELECTRO-CHOCS)


"Diverje - The Distortion Chamber Vol. 1 - I loved the lyrics and music on this release... great job!"
full review at thisiscorrosion.com


Staying true to form the latest offering from Diverje, "Distortion Chamber" gives us plenty of danceable tracks that will keep you dancing at the clubs. As well as featuring some darker tracks with a much harsher sound than we may have heard from them in previous discs. Lyrically this may be there most personal disc to date, tracks like "Decline of the Cd Generation" and "Stupid People Shouldnt Breed" give fans an insight into the what the band thinks about the state of the music industry and the world. Another track you should definitely take a listen to is "Test Samples", this track has some great lyrics and even better samples on it. If youre a true fan of electro music Distortion Chamber will be a welcome addition to you cd collection.

---Sameerah Blue
http://www.ectomag.com


Tommy T. has returned in 2005 with another Diverje opus, The Distortion Chamber Vol.1. Coming a long way from the humble beginnings of Electrodiums/The Passage in 1996, Tommy T. has outdone himself with a heavy EBM/industrial release that will surely gain Diverje much needed respect in the scene. The Distortion Chamber Vol.1 had an odd way of coming together, with most tracks having been contributed on or written by other artists for Tommy T. Acts such as E.S.R., Implant, Bio-Mechanical Degeneration, Lexencrypt, The Mercy Cage, and Type001 have all contributed music to Tommys tortured vocals, and the end result has produced a very worthy Diverje release.

Starting off with the track Enough to Destroy, Diverje mixes together a wide array of electronic beats and mellow backdrops with Tommys distinguishable voice. This track is followed by the title track, which is another welcomed romp with happy dance beats intermixed with industrial savvy. The track Test Samples follows up the title track, which consists of exactly what the song title suggests. Test Samples is an odd little song, mixing simple beats with some obscure samples that seem to have come from the twisted mind of Tommy T. himself. This track doesnt really make much sense, but its damn funny. Tommy samples himself saying some quirky things, and it all comes together very nicely.

Many fans of Diverje and other DSBP acts should be familiar with knowing that Tommy T. also runs the DSBP label, and about his passions for fighting against the illegal downloading craze. This crusade has appeared in true Diverje form on the song The Decline of the CD Generation. This song deals with the general consensus that if you can download it for free, then why buy the real thing? and is backed up with mellow, almost depressing synths. You can tell that Tommy T. is very much against the downloading trend, and this can be understood seeing as how he runs and operates his own record label, and has most likely taken a hit as far as CD sales are concerned due to illegal music-swapping.

As for the other tracks on The Distortion Chamber Vol.1, they all range from heavy EBM to mellow industrial jams with guitars interlaced in some of the tracks. The standout tracks are Enough to Destroy, Individual, and Overpopulation, the latter dealing with another big problem that the world is dealing with right now. Diverjes music has always dealt with world issues, and The Distortion Chamber Vol.1 is no different. This is a very solid release from Diverje. Each track is well produced and shows a wide array of electronic styling. The Distortion Chamber Vol.1 leaves the listener wondering how Tommy T. will top himself the next time around.

Reviewer - Evilmatt
http://www.regenmag.com


from Edwin Soma
(cyberstructure Radio show)
edwinsoma1423@yahoo.com

Diverje -"the distortion chamber" Review
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Ah yes, I was very pleased to throw this disc on and be taken in the various moods, and dramatic sequences, and the varied vocal approaches of mr. Tommy T.As I went through the first 2 songs (enough and destroy, and the distortion chamber) I hear a good old electronic/industrial dose of days past, the days I miss.Leather Strip, Spahn Ranch, Wumpscut, Psychopomps. Those bands seem to have influenced this work quite a bit.

Then "test samples" comes on, and this is all new sound for Diverje.Techno loops and weird samples with a comedian I can't quite place saying some funny things in general, I liked the humor and the vocals are powerful and have a scream to them, and doing it in their own way. "Individual" comes on next and this song is almost like trip hop cut up rhythms with really prominent lyrics and vocals that are a standout on this disc. Tommy collaborated with Len Lemeire of Implant, and Vince Pujol of Electro Synthetic Rebellion on these tracks and they are of rich flavor.

By the time I get to "I walk alone", I know this album is gonna spinning here often.This has a lot of catchy hooks and vocals and the music is just mind numbing! this emotional track it seems like here, and it works well with the rest.

Now on track #7 I hear something that surprises me and many EBM bands don't attempt anymore, and that means its a Guitar making its presence in this song, "no time for compromise".This song really rocks! it reminds me of KMFDM at their best, or Razed in Black but a bit angrier than he is. I like that Diverje can mix in guitars and it sounds "right" and it sounds like they actually did all the parts and didn't rely on Metallica guitar sample discs. They use this formula on a handful of really blistering tracks here.

The rest of the songs are very good too, "your pleasure" and "not in my name" standout for me, and "be human again" is a sort of spacey dark ballad.I must also mention "stupid people shouldn't breed" as this is a harsh and accurate statement made by the very ballsy Tommy T. I agree, "stupid people shouldn't breed".Our president might not ever have been born then, that would be something huh?

This album really covers alot of territory and makes many of these bands that people are so fascinated with these days, look pretty pale and boring.Personally I prefer this CD over that VNV Nation *yawn* stuff, and Suicide Commando clones abroad that club kids shit over. An album with various sound, tempo, vocal, effects and styles are a fresh breath of air for this Dj. Go buy this album and see what diverse electronic-industrial with a real message is all about.Truly angry stuff with a purpose and a mission. You will remember why you were brought into this music in the first place.


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D I V E R J E -"the distortion chamber vol.1" (DSBP)
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Albuquerques Diverje are entering the limelight with their 6th album, a journey through electric landscapes where you meet different ingredients and splinters from EBM, industrial, coldwave, and even techno.

The problem with records coming out of the electro industrial area these days imo is that most of them sound halfhearted. Like "ok, let's take some boom boom beats, put in some (voice) samples and distorted vocs and make it ready for the dancefloor". Melodies? Interesting background sounds? Diversity? Often missing. Diverje are not reinventing anything here, but after a listening session you really feel this record has been made with a bright attitude and loads of ideas. Mastered by Da5id Din (Din_fiv / Informtik) and including guests from E.S.R., Implant, The Mercy Cage, Lexincrypt, Boundless and Type001, the record predominantly holds a good amount of cookies with a pulsating rhythm and kickin' fragrance but also includes some relaxing moments. The clubby "Enough To Destroy" and "The Distortion Chamber" remind me of what you could hear in the clubs in the mid/end 90's era - aggressive dark electro with a melody you'd easily realize again. Mastermind Tommy T.'s distorted vocal work suits to this. The galloping "Test Samples" confronts you with a noteable crunchy noise spot throughout the track whilst the calmer "Individual" has a seducing, early Klinik & 80's fragrance included. Some industrial rock injections are given via the powerful "No Time To Compromise", "Overpopulation" with its incalculable rhythm explosions, and the tempo reduced, somehow thoughtful "Your Pleasure". "The Decline Of The CD Generation" is a more relaxt, minimalistic piece that says 'hi' to early Gary Numan's outcome and has some cleaner vocs to offer whilst "Stupid People Shouldn't Breed" with its voice samples and "Mirage" juggle with techno beats. Two weaker tracks, in my opinion. An interesting interaction is served by "Time Is Enemy" where the US crew is pending between a slow, trippy vers and an energetic, catchy chorus. Summarized said, "The Distortion Chamber" spreads a varied bouquet of songs and is worth a listen for electro heads.

Breda, 30 Jul 2005

http://www.virus-mag.com


http://www.djizmusic.com/Reviews.asp?ID=42

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Diverje is back again, with another excellent progression in sound from the previous album, "Amphibian". In the spirit of it's collaborative nature,Tommy has joined up with artists from Electro Synthetic Rebellion, Implant, The Mercy Cage, Boundless, Symbiont, Lexincrypt, Babel-17, iammynewt, Type001, and Auspex to deliver us The Distortion Chamber. Moving in some great directions since the previous release, The Distortion Chamber blends electro industrial lines with a beat, and also heads back to Diverje's earlier metalish roots. The lyrics once again hit home at some of the biggest problems seen in the world today: from war, to file sharing, to rampant promiscuity and breeding, Diverje pulls no punches. One thing I respect about these lyrics is that they are VERY straight forward in their message.

Musically the collaborative artists bring their unique styles while keeping with that electro-industrial Diverje sound. Some may be surprised to hear more of that dance floor appeal on tracks like Enough To Destroy and Test Samples, which we really haven't seen since the On Skin era. Going back to older Diverje sounds are the driving guitars on tracks like No Time For Compromise and Overpopulation, which make me think of some of the first Diverje tracks I heard. There are some tracks that really stand out for me, especially Individual. This track is slower-paced compared to others, but packs a lot of emotion and is some of Tommy's vocals that I've heard. Be prepared for a few laughs as well, as some of the samples used are really hilarious.

Long-time fans of Diverje will adore this album, and anyone looking for some excellent electro-industrial should check this out. This album is masterfully done, well produced, and sounds amazing overall. Check out some of the best Diverje album art as well, courtesy of Davyd from Hive Design. Also of note is that this is volume 1... I'm excited to hear what volume 2 brings.

---LUKE RASMUSSEN (DJ IZ) (Stevens Point, WI., USA)


Diverje - The Distortion Chamber.

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Hay bud, just written about my stand out tracks in no order, just my thoughts as I was listening to the album.

Enough to Destroy is a great opening track I first heard it on the Endziet Bunkertracks compilation, musically it is one of the darker sounding tracks on the album and instantly recognizable as Diverje.

The Distortion Chamber, has a great hook as soon as it starts, a nice fat bass line and lush pads, I really enjoy the break down, a nice punchy moog like bass and solid varied drums, I like the vocal processing on this track is just enough to make the words clear and in turn makes the tune catchy.

Your Pleasure, I really like the groove in this track, the flowing Arp sounds in this track are sharp and the leads really cut through, this is my favourite track on the album, it's the one I keep coming back to the most.

I Walk Alone, this is another grand tune with a slower tempo, it has the same appeal I get from Your Pleasure, and again the programming and the drums in this track are kicking!

Stupid People Shouldn't't Breed, I really like the lyrics in this track, and the title says it all, the samples are Hard Case and there is a good solid beats through out this track. I've got a few ideas for a remix for it too.

Time Is the Enemy, this is another stand out track for me, the programming and sound choice is cool, I like the rhythm changes through out the song and the bass line and lead line have a great feel.

The Decline of the CD Gen, Great words in this song! The music reminds me of Oghr good choice of sounds again.

Overpopulation, This Tracks Rocks!

Not in my Name! This is a good track to go out on, it's got a big sound and is really varied, the vocal processing in this track and the editing are great! I really really like this track!

It's definitely your best album yet I feel. I have been listening to it all day. I'm looking forward to cranking it out on the Studio Monitors at home, Get the earth moving!

---Andrew Lyon -N.U.T.E. (NEW ZEALAND)


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