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2012-09-21 12:51:54 UTC

RADIUS SYSTEM: Torn between a desire for effectiveness and a need for experimentation, Radius system evolves towards a sound melting down hi-distorted rock, electronica, and the wide sonic spaces of post-hardcore. A vision of music made of colours and feelings, as much as energy, violence and distortion, nature and machines, hope and despair.

Following 2 albums-demos (Influence in 2002 and Changes in 2004) well received in the underground press, the band is today closing the first chapter of its career with the release of Work in progress (2005), an ambitious 11 tracks self produced album. Duo for recordings and four piece band for live shows, Radius system played 20 gigs since late 2004 through 5 different line-ups. Inspired by acts such as [ Cave in ] ~ [ Oceansize, ] ~ [ Refused ] and [ Pitchshifter ] the band searches for a strong musical identity, beyond the songs and genres they explore.

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Radius System have put together an album that is not only sonically expressive, but it is accompanied by conceptual visuals made by the band’s bass guitarist Axel and lead singer/guitarist/electronics wizard Greg. Their album, Escape/Restart is available for free download here. Some intel about what is in store are the winged layers of electro-industrial sounds consuming the band’s shafts, and ominous cloud clusters reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails. The brightness of the band’s symphonic impulses are reflective of the space rock requiems from Delerium. The songs are abstract but installed with a hardcore/industrial/prog rock sonar that erects tiers of spacey sound rays and generates a Rammstein-like fury and release.

The band recorded and mixed the tracks at Feels Like Home Studio in the Ile-de-France which is the region most people know as Paris. And yes, Radius System are from France, but you will hear stalks of industrial metal and ambient rock that may remind you of many German and British bands. This is a giant leap for these Frenchmen who are making music with a more inclusive sound than most French bands explore. The peaks and valleys through “Release Chemicals” is a churning sieve of sonic rays that alternate between being static and whip-lashing like a torpedo shooting through a funnel.

The song is sliced in different sections making way for episodes of lows and crescendos equipped with smashing cymbals that radiate huge gusts of energy. The ambient passages of “Best Sellers” are more loose-limbed and relaxing with a light vault stilting the beats. The song is personified in the visual that Axel Dallou and Greg Hoepffner made to accompany it with rolling mounds and lines rounded smoothly while coated in gradual shades of blue. The eerie echoes of “Monochrome” usher a space rock doctrine as Eddy Duluc’s guitar fumes and Jeremy Savry’s drumming are lightly spritzed and accelerate rapidly creating ledges along the melody.

The steely drops echoing through the opening of “”Mental Guides” gives way to the stirring hardcore storms that follow. The visual for this track is interesting. The image has photographic clarity as the lens is aimed beneath a wooden boardwalk that is unfinished, and you can see what looks like the sky peeking through the wooden boards that are missing. Other songs have much more abstract images like the squiggly radial waves representing “Impulsion Part 1” and the wiry lines and odd shapes in the image for “Impulsion Part 2” as both tracks create light trembles in the sonic waves and slight fluctuations in the melodic flow. The shafts of “Into Orbit” are lined with electro-industrial shingles grilled with rises and falls and ominous cloud clusters that sharpen the hues of the track. The final track “Not Coming Back” is equal in electro-industrial weight to the previous tracks and reiterates what the band has discovered by infusing rock elements with electronic music.

Escape/Restart is an album worth listening to, and definitely fans of space rock and advocates of electro-industrial circuitry will want a copy of it. The band shows great skill in crafting music, and though there are a few moments when their slices make the melodies feel disjointed, that’s just a part of being experimental and avant in their approach to composing tracks. The album’s appeal is inclusive and the songs have a world music cache that is undeniable. The band tells on their Myspace site that Escape/Restart is part 1 of a greater project that will include a DVD, which will add the dimensional of animation to their songs. The band is presently working on Part 2, which they are anticipating on releasing in the distant future.


A 130 bpm kick drum, thin guitars drowned in echoes, and a minimal groove. Gregory Hoepffner’s (Radius System, TEMPL▲TE, Time To Burn, Painting By Numbers…) new project draws it’s modernity from the space allowed to make us lose ourselves. Head straight into the rhythm logic, to it’s simplest and most efficient truth. Don’t think, don’t loose the pulse.

Released under the moniker of [ Almeeva ] "EP#1" is the first solo release by Greg former member of [ Radius System ]. I received a sneak preview of this EP on the 03rd of October and I've been waiting very patiently for the release since I first heard it. [ DO NOT EXPECT ] anything like or even close to [ Radius System ] as this is an absolute journey to Electro-ambient and has nothing is common in terms of sound as oppose to [ Radius System ] but BRILLIANTLY DONE though. Check it out guys, totally worthy. Even better GET IT FREE.

Paste Prism owes its title to the primitive editing action copy / paste. Sparse moments of the original songs were collected, and the resulting collage revealed a colorful and unexplored map. Paste Prism can be explored as a swarming, colorful and unrevealed map. Five uncompromisingly contemporary tracks, where enigmatic and cavernous minimal meets lush minimal meets post-dubstep meets chillwave meets downtempo and its time to spare you a few more sub-genres.

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[ SHORT QUOTE FROM ALMEEVA ]. There is a million ways to make people dance in music. But there isn't a million ways to make your eyes wander in emptiness. Forget about everything, loose your mind but don't loose the pulse. This is a follow-up to EP 1 which is totally lush and outstanding.

[ Dawn Shape BandCamp ] [ Almeeva BandCamp ] [ Greg'.NET ] [ Greg' Twitter ] [ Radius System Last.fm ] [ Radius System MySpace ] -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Almeeva Album - EP#2 Release Date - 2012 Genre - Electro, Ambient, Dark-ambient, Experimental Tracklist 1. Strobe 03:43 2. Bend 04:30 3. Fields 04:08 4. Flares 05:09 5. Snow 05:18 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Almeeva - EP#2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Dawn Shape Album - Paste Prism Release Date - 2012 Genre - Ambient, Dub, Chill-wave, IDM, Electro, Lush [ AWSOME REMIXES / ALMEEVA & RADIUS SYSTEM = LUSH ] Tracklist 1. RUINE - Several Inputs 03:23 2. RADIUS SYSTEM - Is It Boiling ? 04:56 3. ANTOINE OLLIVIER - Several Inputs 03:27 4. ALMEEVA - No Alchemist 05:35 5. KARELLE - Border 06:56 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dawn Shape - Paste Prism -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Almeeva Album - EP#1 Release Date - 2011 Genre - Electro, Ambient, Dark-ambient, Experimental Tracklist 1. Echoes 02:49 2. Tunnel 03:39 3. Canyon 04:59 4. Enbrums 01:34 5. Egypt 04:23 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Almeeva - EP#1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Radius System Album - Changes Release Date - 2004 Genre - Experimental, Post-metal, Alternative, Post-rock influence, Progressive-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 01 - Never Ending Process 02 - Underground Soundtrack 03 - Something More Than Nothing 04 - Neptune 05 - Changes 06 - Influence 07 - [Rest Area] 08 - Fade Away 09 - Warning 10 - Feel The Circle 11 - Shinsei 12 - [Transfert Area] 13 - Nowhere -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Radius System - Changes Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - Radius System Album - Work In Progress Release Date - 2005 Genre - Experimental, Post-metal, Alternative, Post-rock influence, Progressive-metal, Post-hardcore Tracklist 01 - Comalys 02 - Alone Of Pretending 03 - Vision Collapse 04 - Washed Out 05 - Further Collapse 06 - Excitement Of The Senses 07 - Push The Square 08 - Taste Of Unfinished 09 - Head On Crash 10 - Now We Blow 11 - Elite -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Radius System - Work In Progress Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Radius System - Escape Restart Artist - Radius System Album - Escape / Restart Release Date - 2008 Genre - Experimental, Post-metal, Alternative, Post-rock influence, Progressive-metal Tracklist 1 Release Chemicals 2 Bestsellers 3 Monochrome 4 Mental Guides 5 Impulsion Pt.1 6 Into Orbit 7 Impulsion Pt.2 8 Not Coming Back -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Radius System - Escape / Restart Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Almost Nothing EP Artist - Radius System Album - Almost Nothing Release Date - 2008 Genre - Experimental, Post-metal, Alternative, Post-rock influence, Progressive-metal Tracklist Radius System - 01 - Far From Truth Radius System - 02 - Easter (Part 2) Radius System - 03 - Present Perfect Radius System - 04 - Machine Gun (Portishead) Radius System - 05 - Mental Guides (PreLence Remix) Radius System - 06 - Ripples On A Blank Shore (Radiohead - Reckoner Remix) Radius System - 07 - Music Killed Me (I'm From Barcelona - Remix) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Radius System - Almost Nothing Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Shy Trafficker ~ Loss Of A Child ~ Last Vote ~ I am The Architect ~ Double Handsome Dragon -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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