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First Aid 4 Souls – The Broken Mirror (Self Mix) * coming soon …..

2013/10/20

Cover The Broken Mirror (Selfmix) 2013 Front 700 x700

First Aid 4 Souls – The Broken Mirror (Self Mix)
CD Nr.: 1001036
EAN 4050486107720
Genre: Electronic
Subgenre: Electro, industrial dance
Release date: 6th of Dec., 2013

Tracklist:
01 Painkiller (Club Version Selfmix)
02 Notes from Underground (Club Version Selfmix)
03 House Harkonnen (Club Version Selfmix)
04 Quiddity (Enemy at the Gates Version Selfmix)
05 Fortress (Selfmix)
06 Soulscape (Selfmix)
07 Nebula (Synthpop Version Selfmix)
08 Lifeforce (Club Version Selfmix)
09 Among Strangers (Industrial Version Selfmix)
10 The Watchmman’s Circle (Tribal Version Selfmix)
11 Paradigm Shift (Club Version Selfmix)
12 Crime and Punishment (Club Version Selfmix)
13 No Mercy (Club Version Selfmix)
14 Reconquista (Club Version Selfmix)
15 You Are in a Box (C64 Version Selfmix)
16 The Thirteen Floor (Selfmix)
17 Painkiller (Extended Version Selfmix)

Vocals:

Aaron Russell – Impurfekt : 1,3, 4, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17
Balázs Frank – V.e.N.: 5
Mark Duffield – I’am One : 2, 6, 12
Árpád Ciprián Asbóth – Impact Pulse : 7
Mir Colon – KIFOTH : 9
Dávid Konsitzky – Csaknekedkislány : 13
Eszter Ágoston – : 11
István Gazdag – : 10

Lyrics by: István Drimal, Aaron Russell, Árpád Ciprián Asbóth,
Mir Colon, Dávid Konsitzky, Balázs Frank and István Gazdag

Produced by: István Gazdag and Al Dente (Intrendent)
Mastered by: István Gazdag
Artwork, Design and Layout: Gábor Vető

All music and remix by: István Gazdag

Review First Aid 4 Souls • Beyond The Galaxy • @ • Dark Entries, Belgium

2013/06/21

16/07/2013 : First Aid 4 Souls – Beyond The Galaxy
Label: Electro Arc
Review by Marjolein Laenen

In 2011 verscheen het geweldige album ‚Deathstep‚ van de Hongaarse band First Aid 4 Souls; wat mij betreft één van de beste donkere elektronische releases van dat jaar (#3 in mijn top 10 van 2011). Ik was dan ook erg benieuwd naar de opvolger van dit pareltje. Componist Istvan Gazdag brengt aan de lopende band muziek uit; het merendeel in digitale vorm (zo bijvoorbeeld de gratis te downloaden reeks ‚Selected Electro Works‚, waarvan reeds 4 delen verkrijgbaar zijn). ‚Beyond The Galaxy‚ is de 4de fysieke release in de FA4S-discografie, na ‚My Favorite Pain‚, ‚Brutpop‚ en ‚Deathstep‚. En zoals te verwachten viel, is de stijl op dit album weer enorm gevarieerd. De groep staat nu eenmaal bekend om haar eclecticisme. Van electro tot psytrance/acid tot industrial metal tot ambient: ‚Beyond The Galaxy‚ heeft het allemaal.

Naast de verscheidenheid aan muzikale stijlen heeft de nieuwe First Aid 4 Souls naar goede gewoonte nog een andere troef: de verscheidenheid aan (gast)vocalisten. Maar liefst 8 in totaal, onder wie ook enkele nieuwe namen (Balazs Frank, Vikki Ricci en Árpád Ciprián Asbóth). Ik ben ook verheugd dat „veteraan“ Aaron Russell van Impurfekt weer van de partij is. Hij heeft destijds meegewerkt aan enkele memorabele tracks op ‚Deathstep‚ en ik krijg maar niet genoeg van ’s mans begeesterende vocals. Op ‚Beyond The Galaxy‚ leent hij zijn stem aan 5 van de 13 tracks, waarmee hij de recordhouder op deze plaat is, op de voet gevolgd door nieuwkomer Balazs Frank, die 4 andere nummers voor zijn rekening neemt. Van Vikki Ricci (‚Brave New World‚) en Linda Daemon (‚Vimana Grha‚) ben ik persoonlijk niet zo’n fan, maar ik beschouw de diversiteit van vocals op FA4S-releases sowieso als een pluspunt. Leuk detail: Istvan Gazdag zelf maakt enkel een verschijning als backing vocalist in de track ‚Chaos Cultist‚. Ik heb de indruk dat de mastermind zich comfortabeler voelt achter zijn gear, wat natuurlijk zijn volste recht is.

Vergeleken met ‚Deathstep‚ is de toon op ‚Beyond The Galaxy‚ een stuk luchtiger. De nadruk ligt ditmaal minder op agressieve industrial en EBM, maar meer op melodieuze electro en trance. Het uptempo ‚Visitors‚ is hiervan een goed voorbeeld. Ook het gebruik van industrial metal-gitaren is prominenter, zoals ondermeer te horen in ‚Brave New World‚ en ‚Alien Implant‚. De rustigste tracks zijn ‚The Thirteenth Floor‚ en ‚Android‚, die minimaal zijn qua instrumentatie, maar gedragen worden door een bijzonder sterke vocale prestatie vanwege Aaron Russell (en in het geval van ‚Android‚ ook vanwege Attila Palfalvy). ‚Massaraksh‚ is het meest atypische nummer, al is het zeker niet de eerste keer dat First Aid 4 Souls tribal gaat (denken we maar aan ‚The Watchman’s Circle I‘ op ‚Deathstep‚). De enige track met vrouwelijke vocals is ‚Vimana Grha‚, maar zoals hoger gezegd kan de zangprestatie van Linda Daemon (die een nogal snerpende stem heeft) mij niet echt bekoren. Wel heel sterk: de vocals van Balazs Frank in ‚Chaos Cultist‚, deze van Árpád Ciprián Asbóth in ‚Nebula‚ en deze van Aaron Russell in ‚Quiddity‚, een track die met zijn duur van meer dan 9 minuten meteen ook de langste op het album is.

Met ‚Beyond The Galaxy‚ heeft First Aid 4 Souls wederom hun talent voor gevarieerde, prachtig gecomponeerde donkere elektronische muziek bewezen. Persoonlijk vind ik ‚Deathstep‚ nog net dat beetje meer hebben, maar dat neemt niet weg dat ‚Beyond The Galaxy‚ een uitermate genietbaar album is. Knappe prestatie vanwege Istvan Gazdag en co.

Quelle:

First Aid 4 Souls • Beyond The Galaxy • CD • Dark Entries.

First Aid 4 Souls – Quiddity * Video pre-View

2012/02/10


Die Seele des Electro?
First Aid 4 Souls – ‘Quiddity’ [Video pre-View]

Zeit für einen Trip? Einen richtigen Psychotrip, akustisch wie visuell? Dann ist das Video zum First Aid 4 Souls Song Quiddity die richtige Wahl. Musik, die dem derzeit recht vorhersehbaren Electrogenre mal richtig Leben einhaucht. Manchmal kommt Kunst doch von Können.

First Aid 4 Souls – Electro mit Anspruch

In Ungarn sind First Aid 4 Souls mehr als eine Band. Fast einen kleinen Heldenstatus hat sich das 2006 formierte Projekt erspielt, dessen Name beim ersten Hören immer so leicht an einen Charitysampler erinnert.

Die Formation zeigt, wie Electro auch klingen kann. Variantenreich, tanzbar bis düster, dann wieder verspielt und mit extremen Wendungen versehen. Eingebaute Ambientsounds, plötzliche Gitarrensamples, soulige Gesangspassagen und differenzierte Stimmungen vermitteln eine selten gehörte Breite.

Über das Electro Arc Label vertrieben First Aid 4 Souls letztes Jahr zum Bekanntwerden einige Gratiswerke.

First Aid 4 Souls sind nicht zu vergleichen mit vielen Bands, die auf sogenannten Club- und Szenesamplern mit den ewig gleichen Kirmisflächen, überhörten Technosounds und Rumgekreische nerven.

Ob der Vielfalt ist die Musik gleichzeitig fordernd, nicht selten sogar irritierend. Mitunter folgt einem eher auf Dancefloor getrimmten Stück ein halber Soundtrack dunkelster Machart.

Die Vergangenheit: Vacuum

Der differenzierte Sound kommt nicht von ungefähr: Als Vacuum standen István Gazdag und István Drimál schon 1992 mit Clock DVA, den Swamp Terrorists oder X Marks The Pedwalk zusammen auf der Bühne. Alles namenhafte Vertreter eines differenzierten, teils düsteren Electro/EBM Sounds.

First Aid 4 Souls knüpfen mit erweiterten Stilelementen daran an, sie versuchen, technisch hochwertiger Musik Spirit einzuhauchen.

Music: Gazdag István
Vocal: Aaron Russell aka Impurfekt
Edit: Vető pixmix Gábor
Paintings: Clive Barker, Gabriel Rodriguez

Gebt Quiddity ruhig ein paar Minuten, dann beginnt die Nummer ihre Eigendynamik zu entwickeln. Sicher eines der Highlights der bisherigen Bandgeschichte.

Quelle:
http://www.klangwelt-info.de/2012/02/first-aid-4-souls-quiddity-video/

First Aid 4 Souls * Interview @ Elektrauma

2011/04/22


Hello from Munich! How are you?

Greetings from Budapest! Thanks, fine! I’m working on the new album (How to destroy the Universe -2012-)…

Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

As for me, István Gazdag, I was responsible for the musical background and the vocals with Vacuum, and I continue in this area with First Aid 4 Souls. I’ve been working with electronic music for 20 years now and have been collecting electronic sound-making and sound-manipulating devices since 1985. Having built up a considerable studio – with a preference for Korg instruments – I’m able to provide practically everything for bands; everything from song composition to mastering. Additionally, I continue to enjoy playing/working in and with other bands. I would particularly like to mention Terra Incognita and my cyber project, The Last European. I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with several great Hungarian artists and have found great reward in composing music for ballet and films, media signals and main titles.

What does „First Aid 4 Souls“ stand for?

Kati (Katalin Helfenbein) made it up. I really like it. There’s a little bit of cynism though. Well, 90% goodwill, 5 % paranoia and 5% cynism.

You are producing music since 1992. Could you please describe your music-life-story of the last 20 years?

*The First Band: Vacuum (Hungary) 1992-2003* Here and now I’d like to state that this Vacuum is not identical with the Swedish synthpop project of the same name. 😉 At the end of 1992, I finished my duty in the army, I composed music (on the Amiga and a Roland D20), and later I started singing. At the same time, my friend István Drimá¡l started philosophical studies and also learnt to play the drum. Recently I talked with István, and just realized, that for 3-4 years we rehearsed two times 3 or 4 hours weekly. We wanted to do a lot, we played on every possible stages, almost everywhere in our country: Petöfi Hall’s main stage as warm-up bands for bands like Clock Dva, Swamp Terrorists or X Marks The Pedwalk; Tilos az Á, Yuk, and all the other stages nowadays considered ‚alternative‘. We loved doing it, there were no concerts with identical schedules, and our appearances were really extraordinary (in those times, at least): aggressive scenes, provocative appearance and extras, masks, corpse-bags, chemical protection equipment, wicked and beautiful videos, own animations (in ’93!), and accompanied by exhibitions by our contemporary artist friends. The visual and conceptual support of Norbert Szük, Gábor Vetö and Csaba Lengyel’s was indispensable part of our concerts. We have been announced as the „Hungarian Skinny Puppy“, and our instrument park expanded with lots of great stuff, so in Hungarian relation we progressed well. After a while the band came to an end. We didn’t have a row or something, we just didn’t have any appearances on stage. Then I won a composers‘ competition and the prize was a contract that covered the expenses of the mastering of the first and only Vacuum album. It has been published, but without István Drimá¡l.The album showed only traces of industrial, it was more like ambient,electro, big beat and acid. *First Aid 4 Souls -2007-* On one side, First Aid 4 Souls can be viewed as my personal project since all the music is written by myself. On the other side – thanks to the contributing singers and musicians – the band is a real international „supergroup“. The music ranges from dark ambient, nonetheless incorporating new wave impressions, and it converges to old and new electro schools. Basically it’s a big ocean of genre, that’s why a lot of people can find their expectations in it. Constant members of the band (as far as gigs) Kati Helfenbein (drums, vocals), Gabor Vetö (visual, VJ), Istvan Drimal (lyrics, philosophy), Intrendent (Michael, as producer and mastering), Tomoaki Ohtaka -san, (lead guitar, producer) and myself for the electronic gear and vocals. This is the first row of the front line, but the real surprises come with guest singers. These artists are just seemingly gusts at all, because the cooperation is continues and is successful for everyone Linda Daemon needs no introduction as she is a prominent member of „Drugzone„. Her outstanding sound and range of voice blinks in First Aid 4 Souls songs. Aaaron Rusell is the leader of the American industrial band named „Impurfekt„, he is the one who is directly responsible for the authentic industrial vocals. Mark Duffield is the founder of the alter band „I am One„, he brings in the new wave sound. And finally, Mir Colon is the demi-god of the EBM scene of Slovakia, just for more adventure in a surprising directions.

A few days ago your new album „Deathstep“ was released. What is this work all about?

Doomsday-watch shows 5 to 12 ,the civilisation is approaching abysm and hence its death. But, it’s not too late. Gloomy is the scenery, indicating a possible futur between value-deteriaration and pseudo mass-entertainment. Daunting and not at all beautiful. With aggressive rythms and distorted vocals FA4S wants to awake us from the tawdry TV entertainment. Atmospherical sounds with elements of ethno-rythm, classical strings and samples from computer games and SciFi-Effects. Make „Deathstep“ not only being mainly EBM orientated, but also offering elements of a radio drama. Combining creative potential from american, english, german, slovakian, hungarian and japanese musicians FA4S sets new priorities and emphasizes a multicultural project.

How would you describe your sound/style?

Musically, FA4S also relies on several kinds of tradition, deliberately mixing the fine brutality of noise music with the psychedelic pulsation of trance and blending the rich melodies of New Wave with the strict grinding of industrial metal. Obviously, we don’t care for being labeled to suit any one category of music and the current musical trends have no effect on us at all. Regarding transcendence, there are distinct religious, philosophical and magical traditions making appearances in our themes, but the band definitely refuses the negative energy of Satanism and New Age philosophy hasn’t served to inspire the group musically in any way to date. Essentially, the maintenance of the spiritual, mental balance is of great importance to us. We are constantly moving toward the essence behind this existence believed to be reality.

Where do you see the biggest difference concerning other bands?

Well, this is a multi-art project, built on Electro-Industrial and New Wave: A particularly European mixture of music, philosophy, literature,and visual arts (mostly paintings and the visuals for the songs).

Life without music is like…?

I teach, read, watch sick movies, ride my bike or play strategy and horror games…

Thanks for the interview and good luck with your new album! The last words are up to you…:

The industrial is the last true rebellion in the musical world. Do not let yourselves influenced, and keep up the good fight. You are – and always be – right. Thank you for the interview!

Homepage Band: First Aid 4 Souls
Homepage Label: Electro Arc

(Interview geführt von Andi)
First Aid 4 Souls
Quelle: Elektraumas

FIRST AID 4 SOULS – Brutpop

2009/11/21

Catalog No.: 1001015
Release date: 20. Nov 2009
Label: Electro Arc
Genre: Electronic
Style: Brutpop, Power Electronics, Electro, SynthPop, Industrial
Cover Painting: Norbert Szuk
Cover Art: Zoltan Havasi
All music by: István Gazdag

01 Before The Light 5:17
Lead Vocals – Linda Daemon                
02 First Aid 4:55
Lead Vocals – Eszter Agoston
03 Painkiller 4:55
Lead Vocals – Aaron Russell
04 Powa 5:27
Lead Vocals – Linda Daemon
05 Reconquista 4:57
Lead Vocals – Aaron Russell
06 Sui.Acid 5:51
Lead Vocals – Linda Daemon
07 The Unborn Child 5:46
Lead Vocals – Mark Duffield
08 Wings Of Morpheus 5:46
Lead Vocals – Mark Duffield
09 Hairy-(Ass)ed [Hun Version] 4:13
Lead Vocals – István Gazdag
10 Circus Maximus 4:16
Lead Vocals – Linda Daemon
11 Chrime And Punishment 4:59
Lead Vocals – Mark Duffield
12 Robochan 4:14
Lead Vocals – Katalin Helfenbein
13 The Wave 5:29
Lead Vocals – Mark Duffield

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