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Tenebrae Vision

10 Mar. 1993 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 10 Mar. 1993
  • Label: Wax Trax! Records
  • Copyright: (c) 1993 The Orchard
  • Total Length: 46:02
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  • ASIN: B002U9FA40
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,124 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Cyberaktif is the result of Skinny Puppy's cEvin Key and Dwayne Goettel joining musical forces with Front Line Assembly's Bill Leeb (Wilhelm Schroeder). Musically one can hear elements of Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly combined. Leeb handles vocals through out applying many vocoder effects to his voice, which helps in sustaining interesting vocals that blend into the music well (including the famous "robot" voice which I love). There is also a guest appearance from industrial noise legend Blixa Bargeld. I personally think the album is quite similar to Front Line Assembly during the 80's (not a bad thing though). Elements of Key and Goettel's musical abilities are recognisable here as well (for those who are familiar with their non-puppy work), adding a more complex sound in places but still making Tenebrea Vision fairly accessible. Tenebrea Vision is very danceable and equally good to chill out to. In all Tenebrea Vision is a good album; mainly because the collaboration between Skinny Puppy and FLA was something many people would want to hear (and many people might not lol). Not as deep as Puppy but more accessible for some than Download and other Puppy related releases. Hail to electronica!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Epitome of Early 90's Elektro / EBM 30 July 2004
By SandmanVI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Do you want a textbook definition for what dark elektro EBM of the early 90's is supposed to sound like? It's this album, with its eerie atmospherics, hard & fractured beats, distorted vox, liberal use of samples and themes of isolation and loss. As you likely know, this was a side project for members of Skinny Puppy (Key & Goettel but not Ogre) and FLA (Leeb not Fulber). It sounds like a 50/50 mix of the 2. It sometimes sounds like the SP guys took the day off... those songs sound like outtakes from FLA's 'Caustic Grip', a classic of stripped down, direct EBM. The songs with the heavier SP influence are richer on atmosphere, texture and sonic depth. The central of these is the epic "Nothing Stays", which is the primary reason to own this album. Although other tracks are good, this is the only one from the collection that still gets clubplay a dozen years later. Appropraitely this was the lead single. The other single, "Temper" is more from the FLA side with its straight-ahead beat and angry vocals. On the whole, 'Tenebrae Vision' should appeal to all fans of Puppy and FLA.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By VXgasman (vxgasman@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What do you get if you blend Front Line Assembly's "Caustic Grip" and Skinny Puppy's "Cleanse. Fold and Manipulate" (minus Ogre's roars and snarls!)? A DAMN GOOD ALBUM. Each and every song has it's own special sound and this is truly one of the best in the "industrial" albums category. This is a must have for both fans of FLA and SP. Songs that really speaks are "Nothing Stays", "House of Pain", "Road Kill", "Paradiessiets" (my favourite track!). Check it out!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gruesome Happy Little Marriage 19 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who are seeking offshoots, side projects or post-SP projects from Skinny Puppy members, this is a good buy! In my opinion, this is better than most of Cevin Key's other projects but for some reason it remains relatively unknown. The mixing of Cevin Key's style and Bill Leebs style (Front Line Assembly) is very tasteful, a gruesome little marriage if i may say so.
Different than Doubting Thomas, more industrial than the random expirimental electro-industrial noise of Download....Sounds more like modernised Skinny Puppy, sans vocals!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Minimal Industrial 17 Oct. 2013
By Eugene Axe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What I find most appealing about this 1990 album (other than the members of the band) is the slower minimalist approach they took on much of the recording. It has a very stripped down, sparse feel. It's almost as if they were turning back the clock to the mid-80s while using 1990 tech.

Some notes on the songs: my favorite song is probably "Brain Dead Decision". Heavy tune. Sounds like it could have been on 'Rabies' - I hear some of the techniques employed on that album. The two singles, the synth-pop influenced "Nothing Stays" and the up-tempo "Temper" are also of note. The vocals on the maniacal "Paradiessiets" are somewhat reminiscent of Ministry's 'Twitch'. "Ruptured Freaks", "Dis Course Illusion", "Acid Cripple", and "Face to Face" are some of the more Puppy-sounding songs on the album; however, these songs are more like throwbacks to earlier Skinny Puppy, not the harsh, aggressive 1990-era 'Too Dark Park' Skinny Puppy.

The sampling is good and very much representative of the time period. From the opening sample on the minimalist "The Road Kill": "I'm a priest can I do anything here?"

I've always liked this album, since it's initial release. Fans of Skinny Puppy & Front Line Assembly should like this recording.
I gave myself to the Devil. 92% 22 July 2013
By Duckman - Published on Amazon.com
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Here we have it, Cyberaktif's sole feature-length album, "Tenebrae Vision." This is a fantastic EBM/industrial album, and it makes me a bit sad to know that this album and the "Temper" and "Nothing Stays" EPs would be all that Cyberaktif would create. The chances of any other music created under this project monicker are practically zero, as Dwayne Goettel died of a drug overdose in 1995. Anyway, on to the review.


Since Cyberaktif was a collaboration between members of Front Line Assembly and Skinny Puppy (Bill Leeb from FLA and cEvin Key and Dwayne Goettel from SP), the overall style of this album is similar to a lot of EBM/industrial bands of the late 80's/early 90's, though thankfully for Cyberaktif, this also has solid songwriting sensibilities that give this album a distinctive sound. It also helps that Cyberaktif maintains a consistently dark tone throughout the album, even in some of the songs that have a higher tempo prone to induce dancing.


Like in the EPs that I reviewed before this, Bill Leeb flexes quite a bit of versatility with his vocals, and they all help to enhance the atmosphere of the instrumental compositions. In songs like "Paradiessiets" and "Nothing Stays," Leeb exercises clean vocals that unlike most cases, actually enhance the dark music contained. In "Ruptured Freaks," he uses some electronic vocal distortion to bolster the bubbling electronic darkness dominating that song. In songs like "Brain Dead Decision" and "Dis Coarse Illusion," Leeb uses more traditional "harsh" vocals typical of the EBM genre, but still have a convincingly menacing vibe to them. Dwayne Goettel and cEvin Key hardly skip a beat in terms of quality with their instrumental contributions.

Key and Goettel tackle a variety of tempos and styles for the songs, and they do a superb job with most of them. Songs like "Brain Dead Decision" and "Acid Cripple" show Key's and Goettel's abilities to create songs that are more energetic dance tunes, where songs like "Nothing Stays" have a slower, more laid-back tempo. Though the biggest surprise to me was their ability to create the album closer, "House of Pain," which has a bold hip-hop beat for its rhythmic backbone. All in all, these guys did a great job with their keyboard/synthesizer/sound sample compositions.


There's plenty of great songs on here, though I should point out a few minor quibbles, though they don't really amount to anything bad.

The versions of "Nothing Stays" and "Temper" on this album are decent, but I actually like the remixed and extended versions of these songs on the "Temper" and "Nothing Stays" EPs more. Their longer running times and remixed instrumentation made them more sinister and grimy compared to the original album versions, but they're still decent tracks.

Now the rest of the album is near perfect. Some of my favorite tracks are "Brain Dead Decision," "Acid Cripple," "Paradiessiets," "Ruptured Freaks," and "House of Pain." "Paradiessiets" would be later remixed as "Meltdown" on the "Temper" EP, though in this case, I actually like the original better, since it has a more consistently creepy atmosphere to it. This is a bit more on the slower side of things, but has a steady electronic beat with Leeb's creepy clean vocals and horror sound samples perfect for the soundtrack of a surrealist nightmare. "Brain Dead Decision" is a steady dance tune, with a peppier beat, ominous sound samples, eery vocals, and some creative use of electronic percussion, in which at the 1:10 mark, there's electronic beats played to sound like a machine gun being fired, but also sounds like it went though a sound distorter to give it a creepily synthetic quality to it. "Acid Cripple" is one of the most aggressive dance tracks on here, though it likes to throw its listeners a curve ball by starting off more on the ambient side then blasting into business at 1:09, and the main beat would be really fitting for a painful scene to watch in a cyberpunk film, like Alex Murphy's grizzly death in Robocop. "Ruptured Freaks" is quite an odd song on here because despite being one of the more up-tempo songs on here, it has an eery, nightmarish feel to it that would be more fitting for one of the slower songs, though I think Leeb's more subdued vocals in this song have something to do with that. "House of Pain" is a superb way to finish the album, as its main beat has a gritty hip-hop feel to it and its bass-laden electronics give it a bit of a sleazy atmosphere, possibly making it fitting for a piece of BDSM media (think of the "Seek" OVAs in the Cool Devices series).


Like the EPs Cyberaktif released, "Tenebrae Vision" has excellent production quality in the sense that you can hear everything clearly, but has an air of grittiness to its sound quality enhancing the dark atmosphere of the music contained.


Cyberaktif's "Tenebrae Vision" and the "Temper" and "Nothing Stays" EPs are mandatory listening for serious fans of EBM/industrial music and even fans of cyberpunk media. If you want to know why I'm so fond of late 80's/early 90's industrial music, get all of Cyberaktif's material and you'll hear why.
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