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EBM, like its industrial parent, has undergone so many permutations over the last three decades that to simply identify what defines it as a genre has become virtually impossible. Consequently, there is a certain joy in those bands who disregard the trends of the day and pursue a purer, more traditional form that recalls the sonically experimental yet structurally simpler days when bands like Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, and Clock DVA were heralded as the pioneers of the style. Such is the approach of K-Nitrate, a band whose own status is arguably on par with the aforementioned progenitors. Having emerged in the early ‘90s and working with the likes of C-Tec and Cubanate to name but a few, the duo of Graham Rayner and Christian Weber have crafted a distinctly old-school brand of hard-hitting EBM, culminating in six albums and numerous compilation and remix appearances that have placed them as one of the underground music scene’s most consistent quality acts.

Stark Punkt comes hot on the heels of the Voltage album, offering up a remix companion that manages to stand on its own two feet. As the offbeat sequences and thumping rhythms of "Voltsmusik" begin the album, the energy is immediately on high and pervades through such tracks as "SDK" and "JU-87." Some tracks are clear remixes of songs from Voltage, such as the Predator mix of "Automatik Killer" with its equally staccato bass line and straightforward stabs of distortion providing counterpoint to the beat, and "9-11-7-7" possessing a sparser, less overdriven arrangement versus the original "7-7-9-11." Similarly, "Datablitz" may or may not be a remix of "Data Fix," but the aggressive tempos and repetitive catchiness of the beats and bass lines are 100% K-Nitrate, full of vitality and enough subtle variation in the progressions to ensure that no song wears out its welcome. The album concludes with two versions of "Hate in the States," the latter track featuring contributions from UCNX and making for a virulent helping of unadulterated techno inspired EBM the likes of which would befit any workout or rave club.

Some might find the simplicity of K-Nitrate’s approach somewhat daunting, but once again, the band manages to infuse enough flavors into each element of the tracks to keep them from becoming boring. With their sights set firmly on the dance floor, Rayner and Weber have crafted a wonderful companion piece to Voltage with Stark Punkt, reminding listeners just what industrial dance was once meant to sound like.

3.5/5 - Regen Magazine

 

'Relentless' was the first word that sprung to mind having listened to K-Nitrate's Voltage. Christian Weber and Graham Rayner continue to explore an industrial sub-genre that very few others ever enter and even those familiar with the field would have trouble attaching a label to. Not that everything must be labelled, of course, but labels remain a useful guide to the unfamiliar. One hopes that those unfamiliar numbers will be reduced by the release of Voltage, the band's third album, and its sequel (and to some extent companion remix album) Stark Punkt recently unleased on their new label Armalyte Industries.

Weber and Rayner themselves use tags like industrial, techno and EBM to try and pinpoint their special brand of noise. But on Voltage we witness K-Nitrate really coalescing around a truly distinctive and successful formula better than ever before. Here then are ten tracks of rhythmic industrial dance that manage to create a genre of their own and yet hangs together as a convincing proposition at the same time. What few vocals are utilised is often a textural layer as opposed to expounding lyrics that listeners are expected to pause and carefully consider. They add a worthwhile further dimension to some tracks but the emphasis throughout is firmly on the rhythm and beat and the interplay between the two. This is a long-running K-Nitrtate trait and one that, again, has reached the pinnacle of execution on Voltage.

The only act I think worth mentioning by way of point of reference, and this is less for what K-Nitrate actually sound like and more for the repetitive, dance-aware nature of their structural elements, is Portion Control. And anyone who knows what I think about Portion Control in recent years will understand what considerable praise that is.

Billed to some extent as a remix companion to Voltage, Stark Punkt continues the successful formula of its predecessor. Whilst there are overlaps, Datablitz (sounding a touch like Heimstatt Yppotash) here for Data Fix there, 9-11-7-7 a twist on 7-7-9-11 and a remix of Automatik Killer, much is new. So it's better to consider this an extension of or sequel to Voltage rather than simply a remix album. Context is everything, and in the context of the club floor, Stark Punkt should see K-Nitrate getting more of the airplay and exposure they deserve.

7/10 and 7/10 - DSO

 

K-Nitrate is the project of Graham Rayner (ex member of British industrial band Cubanate) and Christian Weber (but there have been some different personnel configurations through the years). To me, the band has seen a resurgence in quality in recent years, and last year they released the album "Voltage", featuring furious techno/EBM hybrids that should get everybody’s asses wiggling. "Stark Punkt" is a sort of remix complement to "Voltage", and focuses even more on hard, uncompromising beats and fast basslines.

This is aimed directly at clubs, and it means that the music does get a bit repetitive at times. The songs are basically a straight forward 4/4 beat with a fluttering bass lines underneath, and some vocal samples sprinkled on top. It starts like that, and it ends like that. The top track here for me is "Hate in the States" feat UCNX where we get a more song driven approach (still furious beats though) and great vocals in under 4 minutes. My head bobbing reached almost dangerous levels while listening to it.

So, all in "Stark Punkt" it’s probably not meant for home listening, but I imagine this would go down a storm on a more progressive EBM dance floor.

7/10 - Release Magazine

 

"British band K-Nitrate have existed since 1993 already in order to spread their energetic sound excursions among the masses. After their 5th full-time album "Voltage" now its remix counterpart comes along: "Stark Punkt". The disc mainly aims to change the dancefloors of the Nation into a simmering scenery, which means Graham Rayner (who is btw a founding member of Cubanate) and Christian Weber let the rhythms mostly kept monotonous proliferate and the predominantly instrumental arrows of Techno Body Music whiz through space, while the UK duo is stylistically settled somewhere between Kloq, Nitzer Ebb, The Pain Machinery and Combichrist, a modern club sound with a tiny hint of retro (EBM influences) is spinning over the dance floor. Remarkably eye-cathing or rather ear-catching are the mercilessly groovy monster "Automatik Killer (Predator Mix)" and the highspeed attack "Hate In The States" equipped withpulsing galopping beats, on which Douglas Sudia (UCNX) serves as the guest on the microphone. "Stark Punkt" is virtually caffeine"

Zillo Magazine

 

This is the kind of music that makes me wanna go clubbin'. Hard pounding ebm basses with a cool techno beat. The perfect mix between modern and oldscho

K-Nitrate started in 1993 and released the debut Xenophobia in 1994. During the first years the band had an industrial sound and the songs had vocals and guitars.

Stark Punkt was released in september 2011 by Armalyte Industries. Since the release Voltage in 2010 the band has gotten more dance oriented. The guitars are gone and most of the songs have no traditional vocals. This works very well for the dancefloor, but for home listening the album gets a bit monotone after a while. The song Hate in The States is the exception having vocals by Douglas (Dog) Sudia. Although I really love the music I wish there were more songs with traditional vocals.

My favorite tracks are I.E.D. and Hate in the states. Let's go clubbin'!

TanzAnarchy