Mentallo & The Fixer - Zothera
Electro-Industrial, Old School EBM This isn't the first time that Mentallo & The Fixer had a collection of their older albums and unreleased music released in a box set (just refer back to A Collection). This is a 3CD set that contains two albums (Revelations 23 and Where Angels Fear To Tread) from their record deal with Zoth Ommog which are now remastered, and also contains a third bonus disc featuring sixteen tracks, most of which have been previously unreleased remixes and versions.

And, well, what can you really expect from a remastered set? You're getting a lot of old school tracks that will cater to a dedicated fanbase, and will also offer something for new fans to enjoy. I mean, everyone likes remastered versions of movies, higher resolution and cleaner picture, so there's much to love in remastered editions of old CDs. Plus, the sound isn't half bad on either of them. And it's always nice to go back and listen to what an act once sounded like in comparison to what they sound like now. So, there's that.

I'd say Apocrypha, the third disc containing all the unreleased material, is where the fun is at. I mean, we've already seen the previous two albums in their entirety in the past, and even if the original versions can't really be found anywhere online (which you easily can on Discogs), a digital version of the albums are likely stored somewhere on the internet. And, without going into too much detail on each and every track on the third disc, there are some lovely remixes available.

And, well, that's all I really have to say about this album. This is definitely a redux for fans of this band, and might be a niche purchase for anyone, really. It's nice to see Alfa-Matrix catering to both fans of the old and new, and also reintroducing albums that may have never seen the light of day again if not for their dedication to the scene, but, overall, I'm crossed as to whether or not this box set is worth buying. I suppose that's something for each and every individual to decide on their own. However, it does come out in two days, so, for those of you who are looking to buy this, you don't have that long of a wait.
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Mentallo & The Fixer - Zothera

This isn't the first time that Mentallo & The Fixer had a collection of their older albums and unreleased music released in a box set (just refer back to A Collection). This is a 3CD set that contains two albums (Revelations 23 and Where Angels Fear To Tread) from their record deal with Zoth Ommog which are now remastered, and also contains a third bonus disc featuring sixteen tracks, most of which have been previously unreleased remixes and versions.

And, well, what can you really expect from a remastered set? You're getting a lot of old school tracks that will cater to a dedicated fanbase, and will also offer something for new fans to enjoy. I mean, everyone likes remastered versions of movies, higher resolution and cleaner picture, so there's much to love in remastered editions of old CDs. Plus, the sound isn't half bad on either of them. And it's always nice to go back and listen to what an act once sounded like in comparison to what they sound like now. So, there's that.

I'd say Apocrypha, the third disc containing all the unreleased material, is where the fun is at. I mean, we've already seen the previous two albums in their entirety in the past, and even if the original versions can't really be found anywhere online (which you easily can on Discogs), a digital version of the albums are likely stored somewhere on the internet. And, without going into too much detail on each and every track on the third disc, there are some lovely remixes available.

And, well, that's all I really have to say about this album. This is definitely a redux for fans of this band, and might be a niche purchase for anyone, really. It's nice to see Alfa-Matrix catering to both fans of the old and new, and also reintroducing albums that may have never seen the light of day again if not for their dedication to the scene, but, overall, I'm crossed as to whether or not this box set is worth buying. I suppose that's something for each and every individual to decide on their own. However, it does come out in two days, so, for those of you who are looking to buy this, you don't have that long of a wait. Sep 24 2014

Steven Gullotta

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I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.

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