These are comments about the new album by people who've heard it. If you want to add your comments to this list, click HERE. I won't censor negative comments, but obviously I'll delete anything stupidly off-topic, rude or hateful.

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Date: 12/16/98
Name: oblyvaeon
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I can't believe record companies would call this album Too Dark? Is that a reference to SkiPpy's Park or something? Much of the stuff i listen to (FLA/Skippy/Pigface) is more like what i'd consider dark, but... anyway, c00l album all the same, though not too dark in my book. Improvement over H4(K, but I.S.(88) is still the best. Use more phazerz! phr34k 0u7, h4ck 17 up, p34c3 0u7, 08lyv430n (oblyvaeon)"
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Date: 10/30/98
Name: Douglas Sudia
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "ahem....THIS CD KICKS ASSSS!!!!!!!! But seriously, this is some of the best, most highly produced, and highest quality electro-industrial synth pop I've ever heard! I fell in love with SEEK300 after hearing the first 5 seconds of it! awesome style, samples, sound, EVERYTHING! I've had the disc since January and it's still on my favorites list! Kudos to you, Kurt...keep it up."
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Date: 11/06/98
Name: Eric the Darker
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I first heard a few of the songs from DBA off a friend's CD -- he's been an InSoc fan for some time now. Personally, most of the older stuff never really grabbed me, but DBA...*wow*. _Closing In_ and _Ending World_ are my two favorite tracks, with _Seek300_ coming in a close 3rd. There's a lot of good music out there in the world, but not too much that stacks up to this CD (IMHO). If the record companies call it "too dark"...well, they're sure not up on what *I* like, at the very least."
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Date: 11/12/98
Name: Drew
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: Http:www.come.to/bigdrew
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  "Great new cd, it has to be the best one, even though peace and love inc. was pretty damn good. And that data cd is a great fucking idea, i think every band should have that, it gives you more stuff to do and helps you find out more about the band. i almost got white roses but not yet."
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Date: 11/12/98
Name: Matt Musante
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.collegeclub.com/~azmoose
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  "I got the cassette single "Think" about 10 years ago for free from the back of a cereal box. I was only 10 years old then, but I was hooked on that song. Sometime in August '98, I purchased DBA and loved it! I have since started buying all the old and hard to find InSoc albums. The latest one in my collection is Peace and Love, Inc. Information Society is my favorite band (one man or not)! If you ever come to Arizona on tour, I will be there - if it's the last performance I ever see!"
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Date: 11/13/98
Name: Samuli Knuuti
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Congratulations on an astonishing album. I loved your first album, thought Hack was a bit disappointing and never heard Peace & Love Inc. since it wasn't released in Finland (and, to be honest, I didn't look that hard for it). I bought DBA almost by accident: I was ordering records through internet and needed one more cd to even out the postal charges a bit. So, I ordered DBA, not really expecting anything – and I was completely blown away by it. You have found the perfect middle ground between the harshness of industrial bands like Front Line Assembly and the melodic richness of melancolic synthpoppers - only the Norwegian band Apoptygma Berzerk has managed this lately (If you haven't heard of them, I recommend that you do). There's not a weak track on the album, although covering Are Friends Electric was a bit unnecessary. It is a good cover but one that doesn´t differ that much from the original. Thanks again. Already looking forward to the next one."
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Date: 11/16/98
Name: José André (Rio de Janeiro)
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "All people say that it has a dark song, but what we here in Brasil need is to listen the real Insoc sound. Please don´t let us without listening music like What´s in your mind, but if be possible your public in BraZil in waiting you all."
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Date: 11/16/98
Name: Lydia Webster
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "This album is awesome. It is truly a sound before it's time, and well worth the money. I had been waiting patiently for amother dose of InSoc, and I was in no way disappointed. My Favorite tracks are Closing In, and Are 'Friends' Electric. True artistry!!!! "
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Date: 11/17/98
Name: Des
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: neoncrayon.ml.org/quicksand
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  "Alright, I have to say that I've only heard the music from a friend, who doesnn't own the album...but I love it. DBA is awesome, and such a stretch from the first album. The fact that you took a chance and realized what you wanted to do is great, for this album is equally as great as one of my other fave albums...the lighter Hack. meh...Just wanted to say that I love the music and if I can find the album somewhere, I'll pick it up for sure. "
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Date: 12/01/98
Name: travis story
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "kurt, you are soooooooooo damn awesome. i personally think that you outdid nin, gravity kills, stabbing westward, etc. on dba. reznor used to be my favoret, but he's waited too damn long to come out with something else, and i've lost my patience waiting. you are the best, and i hope that someday, I'll be just like you when I make it big with my group. anyway-later, dude. "
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Date: 08/21/98
Name: Knightshade Dragon
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "An excellent disc and well worth twice the cash I shelled out for it. I continue to be impressed with DBA and every time I listen to it I find a new chord or sound I might recognize, and again its like the first time. I have two copies now as my wife will not stop taking it out of my office! She simply had to have her own! Kurt, realize that you have a tremendous following and it has not diminished in the past years! Keep up the good works and I speak for everyone I'm sure when I say that I anticipate the next disc and know that it will be the same high quality that you have managed to improve upon with every subsequent disc!"
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Date: 08/24/98
Name: Cameron
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Kurt, you are awesome!! Every chance I get I listen to DBA. I especially like Empty and Seek 300. I haven't had an opportunity to check out the data disc but I will soon. My best friend really likes PLI but with some time (hopefully) he will like DBA as much as I do. Keep up the good work. "
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Date: 09/02/98
Name: Jonathan Hershfield
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "DBA took a few days to grow on me but I love it. Nobody has the style of vocalizing that you do and you're orchestral functioning is consistently astounding. It would have been nice to hear just one upbeat song of the Peace and Love strain, though. And after having heard Think Tank and now Don't Be Afraid I have to assume that it was James Cassidy that added the James Brown influence from the earlier albums? I miss the sinister blend of dark navy blue and pinkish orange that the electronic and funk fusion of old InSoc had. But still, DBA is a beautiful album and plenty of what I love about Information Society."
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Date: 09/06/98
Name: Tim Weigel
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: None yet...
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  "DBA is quite delightful, and is a marked departure from the previous InSoc stuff. I like it quite a bit! It rounds out InSoc's stylistic repertoire quite nicely. I've been a fan since the Club MTV tour(remember that, kids?) and have found that the music just gets better and better. Congratulations on another fine album, Mr. Harland, and please keep up the fine work."
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Date: 09/21/98
Name: Jason Moquin
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  " Kurt, You are an immensely gifted artist. This album(DBA) in many ways echoes the stuff in my own head when I try to make a song. My jaw literally dropped when I heard Empty and Ending World..... it's weird how it feels like someone is "throwing" the music at you instead of simply hearing it. Music is so much of what we are , remember, and even to a lesser extent "become". I am impressed, humbled, and enamored by your creativity. Don't you dare stop making albums! I have personally recommended and inspired dozens of people to buy your album by playing it for everyone I know.... believe me, I usually burn the ones that I don't want to buy but I personally bought 5 copies for myself and as gifts to others. Thanks Kurt!!!! I'll patiently await the next! OBLIVION "
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Date: 09/28/98
Name: Gregg Burcham
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Well now, where can I begin? I got your DBA back sometime prior to April and really have worn it out, thank the heavens for CD's. I even got my old roomate hooked on it. He hates most of my music but when he heard this he was all excited and actually bought a copy of his own. It is as most before me have said "A real change of pace, breath of freash air, comeing to grips of onesown self and realization." It is a perminent in my collection wether or not my wife agrees or not. Now I just need to go reget the past INSOC yet once again. (Sorry, had to get through school somehow) P.S. Many Aloha from Hawaii "
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Date: 10/13/98
Name: Hernan Alonso Bernal
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I´m an InSoc fan since long time ago. I knew about last CD this last week. It´s a very good music, but I prefer the old times. DBA is a dark, heavy techno. I like groove."
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Date: 10/15/98
Name: lynwood
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: comming soon
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  "there are very few bands that i can walk into a store and pick up their new album without even hearing any of it or even knowing that one was released. i did so with peace and love inc and actually had a friend send me don't be afraid before i knew it was relesed. i have yet to be disappointed with information society. it's great to see that kurt kept the name of the group. i look forward to your next release. "
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Date: 07/30/98
Name: Gene
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: none
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  "Kurt, As many others have already said, you've outdone yourself. This is a totally unique album and I believe it will stand thev test of time!! I also have to say that now my 11 year old son wants his own copy and also my own copy would be nice too. (I've been borrowing my 16 year old sons' copy). Anyway keep it up and can't wait for the next one!!!"
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Date: 07/31/98
Name: Ana Lúcia Perri Barros
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I really loved "Don´t be afraid"!!! I´ve been a fan of Information Society since the beginning of the group, and I think that it´s the best album of Insoc by far. Congratulations, Kurt! You´re the best! And... don´t forget your fans here, in Brazil, please!"
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Date: 08/01/98
Name:
E-Mail:
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  "Don't Be Afraid is an awesome album. IS hasn't disappointed me yet. You give the so called big bands like Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails some competition when it comes to electronica. I like these groups but they haven't released an album in so long. Your album was a breath of fresh air to me and the genre of music that is becoming so commercialized and trendy. The beats rock and the lyrics are thought provoking. DBA is a great accomplishment and a superb album by any standards. When is your next one coming out? I have been an information society fan for years now and the albums have gone through an evolution and just kept evolving into more and more kick ass music. The CD ROM was a cool extra. I'm still trying to figure it out. Keep up the awesome work and please keep making albums like DBA. The heavier and the more psychotic the better. - aryk"
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Date: 08/10/98
Name: TACK-01
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "At first I didnt like DBA, but after I listened to it a few times I fell in love with it. Is succeeds on so many levels. When I listen to it, I find something new each time. It is best when listened to with headphones. I at first thought the album was very dark and depressing, but the more i listened to it I realized it was an album with a hopeful message. The album seems to be one of Kurt working out alot of issues he is dealing with in his life at the times of writing. Many of the songs are very cinematic. I like the new sound, especially alot of the altered voice lyrics. Overall I LOVE the album. Although I love old InSoc stuff, I think DBA takes the music to a new level. I am utterly amazed that this music can be accomplished with "Sampled Noise" DBA is defenitely a new level in Electronic Music, one that is unparalled. Keep up the Good work Kurt. --------------------------------------------------

Date: 07/24/98
Name:
E-Mail:
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  "I don't hate the album but some of the comments amaze me. "Dark"? Although a scam (I love "The Beautiful People" anyway) Marilyn Manson is "Dark" And on that same note, Trent Reznor is "Dark" "Industrial"? As in Industrial Strength Underwear Wash? I suggest these people listen to Prodigy if they wish to hear some Good "Electronic" music.

Irrelevent? What is irrelevant? This is my opinion! I believe all opinions, no matter how asinine, are relevent. Hateful? What is hateful? Hitler was hateful. Pol Pot was hateful. I may be a smart ass but I am not hateful. "
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Date: 07/25/98
Name: Clok Gardner I
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I've been listening to InSoc for a couple years, and I must say I was disappointed when I heard DBA for the first time. SEEK300 and Are "Friends" electric are AWESOME, but I much prefer the older stuff. Keep making zarking good music, Kurt!"
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Date: 07/01/98
Name: ChemChild
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: irc #ChemWarez98
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  "Bought DBA a week ago have listened to nothing since. It is by far the best InSoc album yet. Like the darker more personal feel of the tracks. Keep it up."
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Date: 07/03/98
Name: Kristian Child
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://members.aol.com/KaMacabre/index.html
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  "I've had "Don't Be Afraid" since the second I knew it was out. And I love it!!! I've been an InSoc fan from the very start and have always loved the music, but this album blew my mind. More and more I've been getting into darker music, and here U R doing the same thing. All my friends; the people that wouldn't listen to Information Society if paid, even like this album. You're destined to be something greater. Stick in there and do what U do best. Make the music U want and U will never go wrong."
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Date: 07/05/98
Name: Ric the Obscene
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.soltec.net/~rotten1
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  "DBA is great. I love it. Nice to see InSoc realize its potential. I like the cover art too. It has a nice paganish taste to it"
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Date: 06/16/98
Name: Ammadeus
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I love it. DBA is the Best. Shall I say. F'king Brilliant Mate.
One thing that is blowing my mind is where the heck did you find the lyrics.
F'ing Brilliant. You are trully gifted."
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Date: 06/22/98
Name: Chris Winters
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Pines/5299/index.html
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  "Being a fan for a long time... I have always LOVED HACK and PLI. They both bring back so many memories! I was quite shocked after finding out of InSoc being broke up. I bought DBA and enjoyed finding out more about InSoc. The music has changed drastically though. Not the same as before. However, I do like a couple of tracks because of the 'peacefullness'. It's a great CD for a long trip. I like the panning, sampling, and the voice booming in the speakers! Good Job!"
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Date: 06/23/98
Name: Brice Morton (one of the few ultra faithful utah fans)
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  ""Don't Be Afraid" has to be the most inventive and incredible collection of beautifully sampled noise I have EVER heard. It's the only thing I've been listening to in my car for a month now. You somehow manage to put emotions most poeple don't realize they even HAVE in to music AND words. FABULOUS. Everyone that's heard it loves it, almost as much as I do. I think it must be you alone who has kept my faith in the music industry alive so far this year. I love all the sampled strings. Keep up the incredible work!"
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Date: 06/23/98
Name: Vince
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I just bought the DBA cd about 2 days ago and I totally love it... At first i was a little shocked about the "dark" turn InSoc has taken but after that set in I gave the CD another spin and actually listened to it. WOW! This is a wonderfully orchrastrated masterpiece if music and sound.. it hasnt left my CD player since. Kurt you have a great talent and I think that once again you have outdone yourself.. cant wait for the next one"
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Date: 06/10/98
Name: Kethryvis
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL:
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I've have had my copy of DBA for exactly.... 3 days now. It hasn't left my CD player. I love it. THIS is the kind of music I love. Much much different from the old InSoc stuff (which I hold near and dear to my heart) but AWESOME none the less. The awesome layering of sound and vocal and the tweaking that both go through is just awe-inspiring.
Empty 3.0 just GRABS my attention and won't let it go until its good and over. It is easily my favorite song on the album, hands down, by a landslide...whatever. It just rocks. Its got the layering technique that I love..start with one sound...layer another...then another..gradually....wow! Really awesome (I'm listening to it now). Augh, I'm running out of adjectives...its too good to even try and explain.
I also love the data CD. I spent hours on Monday pouring over every file and image. Great idea. I loved the programs too. :) Reminds me of the hours I spent with my computer-geeky friends programing cheezy little programs just 'cause we could.
And the cover artwork is just amazing! I see something new every time I pull it out. Wayyyy awesome.
I just did another quick run-through the album....and did I mention how much I love the spoken intros? Kurt, you've got such a great speaking voice...its so awesome to hear it! The lead ins are perfect into each song...I could listen to to the spoken intros alone over and over.
I know you've prolly heard this a few times, but I do catch some NIN influence here...the style of lyric singing, etc. And I LOVE IT. Blasphemy me if you must, but this is *way* better than NIN. Trent needs to listen up!
Plus, I love how you re-incorporated the WOYM "chink" sound. Great throw back. I caught that on my first run through the album!
Okay, now I'm done. :) Great album!!!!! I love it!! Can't wait for the next one!! ;)"
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Date: 06/08/98
Name: Green Muse (and Cerebral Mayhem)
E-Mail: [email protected] ([email protected])
URL: http://lbird.randomc.com
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  "My wife picked DBA, being she was a fan of old InSoc and saw the Numan cover on it (we had just been to the Atlanta leg of Numan's Dominion Day Tour). Personally, I never cared so much for the "fluffy and geeky" quality of old InSoc, but when we played it in the car as we drove home, I knew I was balanced between [as the voice in DBA notes) love and fear. I couldn't stop listening to it, even though it kept me in a strangely wonderful mood of pleasantly morbid discomfort. Normally, I loathe this sort of music, but this is not a celebration of nightmares, but of coping with and understanding of them. Kurt's pleasantly melodic voice invites you in deeper where the tired pop-90's grating and moaning vocals annoy you and push you away from sharing in the experience. It's only been three days, and I put my headphones on to listen to it as I go to sleep. I don't understand the synergy (familiarity with Larry Fast nonwithstanding) here, but this album is a must have for those who want to be gently lead musically through the extremes we must cope with in life and not be left a smoking wreckage. I wasn't an InSoc fan four days ago. I am now."
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Date: 06/01/98
Name: Michael Wood
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "So there I was...reading a "New Release" form a few months back and there it was...could it be? Info-freakin-mation Society?
Last I heard was Peace and Love Inc. which a buddy of mine, Phil, and I wouldn't stop playing back in 92...
Five years later and I have to special order BBA...Too bad...wish it got more mainstream play...Because...Mainly..This album is INCREDIBLE...
Reminds me of Front 242 more then insoc...which is a good thing...don't get me wrong, Kurt m'man...Oldschool InSoc still gets the kids moving..But this is just so damned progressive and alive. What a creature you have created.
Thanks for coming back, man...Hope to hear more."
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Date: 06/03/98
Name:
E-Mail:
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  "Just heard D.B.A yesterday and truthfully I thought it was deep and much different to the previous albums. However, I tend to collect InfoSoc cd's as long as they are in the market. The change in rythms and style captures the true essence of InfoSoc(and may i say Kurt yourself). Well, it's been a joy expressing my thoughts to fellow fans."
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Date: 05/24/98
Name: Kevin Church
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.spy.net/~perfecto
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  "Been a fan for 10 years now. This is fucking brilliant shite, mate. Thanks so much for releasing it. I dunno what took me so long to get it. :/
Found the ORIGINAL ep released back in 1983 at a used record store. "
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Date: 05/10/98
Name: DogRose
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.spastic.org/members/dogrose
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  "DBA--now this is one of the better albums I've heard in ages. I was thoroughly delighted to find out InSoc was still alive and kickin' even if it is just you, Kurt. I like old InSoc but singular InSoc is pretty darn preternatural. *grins* Further, its good music that I can scene to whether writing, crafting, or scening.

Artistically, it has a nice mix of sounds. I'm a beast of the 80's and it has a 80's subharmonic of sorts and a nice non-linear industrialness. Damn near timeless. *reminds self to email you something about the Defender2000 soundtrack which never got released*"
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Date: 05/04/98
Name: Crucifixia
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I got Don't be afraid like 2 weeks ago and it's the only cd I have been playing. I had to tape a copy to play in my car because im too poor to have a cd player in it. I'm glad you're on the Cleopatra label...they have such good taste in music. I've always liked Insoc's music since the beginning..the new cd is a welcome change and it's so refreshing to know that you stay true to who you are. It's a very original work of art..."
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Date: 04/23/98
Name: Christain
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Hey There, I Have Went Out And Bought Thee Darkest Hour!!!! A Gothic Record And Insoc. Is On It And Has "Are Friends Electric? And I Thought It Was An Early 80's Tune But I Was Wrong Its On "Don't Be Afraid" Hell Kurt This One Song Is Thee Best I Just Can't Stop Playing It!!! Im Going Now And Getting Thee New Record And I Can't Wait To Hear Thee Rest Of This Record!!! Awesome!!!! "
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Date: 04/27/98
Name: Reece Openshaw
E-Mail: [email protected]m
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  "Kurt, I am one of your silent, but always money weilding fans. I bought a copy of D.B.A. Just as soon as I learned about it, and I really enjoy it. Not many fans of the old stuff here in Utah, but I can't keep the new C.D. in my C.D. player for more than a day or two. Good stuff. "
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Date: 04/21/98
Name: Eric L Mead
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Since I bought DBA the day it was released, my copy has yet to leave my cd player. In fact, "Are Friends Electric?" is playing as I type this. I have the older discs, and I see DBA as an upgrade to peace and love, which was an upgrade to hack and so on, with each release being better than its predecessor. Congrats, Kurt, on making the finest album ever recorded. From beginning to end, dba is already a classic."
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Date: 04/07/98
Name: Tim
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.dasbistro.com
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  "Hey, Kurt.
I was your short-term stalker @ BM97 (got yer .sig on my fourth release tape). I now own and have repeatedly played "Don't Be Afraid...."..... Well, truth to tell, you should've kept at least a LITTLE Great American and Kraftwerk sounds in the completed mess, but who am I to say? Exceptional album, nonetheless. I owe you a pizza next time you stop into Reno. (No more Limelight, though.)"
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Date: 04/08/98
Name: Flavius Goicea
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.spectra.net/~flavius/
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  "I loved DBA the second I heard it. I didn't need any replay to enjoy it, unlike some of you. In fact the first time I heard it, I couldn't stop thinking just how DIFFERENT yet exceptional it was. Every track is awesome, even track 2. :) I especially like songs like Empty and Seek 300 among others, but even the "ballads" are breathtaking (i.e don't get rid of them). I was also intrigued by some of your writings on the 2nd CD. DBA is better than the new FLA album! Kurt, write more albums along the lines of DBA, or else!!! :> Oh, and come to Binghamton, NY! It was also cool to include the PLI vid on CD 2. Made me go buy the single!"
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Date: 04/08/98
Name: Flavius Goicea
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.spectra.net/~flavius/
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  "After reading some more comments, I feel I must add that the spoken bits at the begining of some tracks are quite nice... they're cool and demented, and set the atmosphere I think. I don't understand how some of you think the chorus to Closing In is the best part of the album, because I just don't like the horn melody much, even though I like horns and especially strings in other parts of the album. Amazingly though, that's the only part of the album I can say that I don't like.. but I don't hate it. Still a great track though. Also, I hope future efforts have less "rock" guitar, or at least use it wisely like on DBA. AND PLEASE, PLEASE don't turn "electronica, breakbeat, DnB" on us, EVER!? THANKS! "
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Date: 04/08/98
Name: Diode
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I have been an insoc lover since the first album, but when i heard you were working with Steven Seibold I was in luxurious shock! The product....incredible! This is one of the best electronic albums yet.....good show ol' boy!"
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Date: 03/21/98
Name: Aeryck
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palladium/7890
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  "D.B.A. definately ranks up there in my top 5 CD's of all time, at least. "
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Date: 03/24/98
Name: Gail C.
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I finally got DBA just a few days ago and it's so good I can't stop playing it. It's very different from the old InSoc but needed no time to grow on me. Dark, beautiful, honest, dramatic, chilling...DBA is like a fascinating ride throught the darker corridors of Kurt's mind. The songs and samples are rich and varied, and the album often plays like an incredible movie soundtrack. I love the intense, driving rhythms of Empty and Ending World...Seek 300 is like a magnificent thrill ride...the Ridge is heartbreaking, beautiful poetry, Are Friends Electric absolutely rocks...Ozar is SO incredibly beautiful...I could go on and on. The data CD was a great bonus too. Beware, those who haven't heard DBA yet: you find yourself needing to play it multiple times daily (happened to me). You become..er, what's the word...InSatiable? ;) Bottom line: DBA rules! Kurt: Superb work you've done with this album!!! Continue to amaze us with your talent."
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Date: 03/27/98
Name: Bryan Schuder
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "This album kicks ass. Okay... It gets regular CD player use at the computer especially now with my new sound system. I love the songs. I like the twist in the backwards message! Heh. You were always different, thats what got me hooked. The one problem was the one cuss word, not because I mind it because I have to turn down the volume at that word, of course I'm learning my parents don't mind."
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Date: 03/09/98
Name: Toby Tolentino
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.geocities.com/Area51/Dimension/7903
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  "Great CD Kurt! Its getting regular play in my CD Player and on my PC. If I had the money too, I'd get 'one of those of me and terrorize the landscape.' >8) The only other CD that get as much play time as DBA is "Darkest Hour"...If you ask me they should've put all of DBA on that CD. It fits right in. Can't wait for the Compilation CD that coming out soon. Are you planning on touring in the Washington D.C. Metro area? Hope so. "
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Date: 03/07/98
Name: Eric Valentine
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://members.aol.com/Out0fMind/index.htm
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  "The day she found out about the new album, my fiance...er...'subjected' me to the Think single (the only thing she had left after her storage unit was broken into two years ago while she was in the middle of moving. They got her autographed CD copy of Hack, too) Anyway, we were in a new and used record store a month later and she walks up to me with DBA clenched tightly to her chest and wouldn't say anything other than "mine" for ten minutes. So we bought it, of course (it was her money, what was I gonna say, 'no'? I wanted to hear it anyway). She spent the rest of the afternoon listening to it, she wouldn't even go eat dinner until after The Ridge was over. I've listened to it at least four more times than she has and it's in my top five of the year, next to David Bowie's Earthling and The Cure's single collection. It's definitely darker than the older stuff (we found Hack and Peace and Love Inc, as well as locating her lp of the self-titled), but it's definitely scores better. "Closing In" and "On The Outside" seem like single material to me. Now if only we could get a tour..."
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Date: 03/04/98
Name: Samuel T Paterson
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I wore out four copies of InSoc's first album and two of Hack, but lost track of the band after P&LI.; I work at a record store now and happened to see DBA and at the behest of my friend Lucas decieded to give it a try. It seems to me that all of the albums that I really love to listen to and that take music to a new level are done by one individual "with a vision". This is the best IS album and the best album to hit the shelves in a very long time. I find it odd that people didn't like "The Sky Away", which I thought had the most intriging lyrics. (Yes the "angels splattered in the road" caught my attention, and I think this song has a profound undertone to it.) I'm not sure of a favorite song yet, but "Closing In" is up there. I think the "dark" bent to the album improved the IS sound and added something new and refreshing. I love the sybolism, intended or not. Keep it up Kurt!! Stay true to what you want. When people ask for a musical opinion I now say right off to try IS's new one. Thanks. Bout time an album with something different to offer hit the shelves! "
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Date: 02/27/98
Name: Stephanie Tumbleson
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "When I heard Seek 300 for the first time I almost had tears in my eyes. I said to my self "This is why I buy so much music, if I didn't, i would never have heard this" I IMMEDIATELY got on the phone and called my friend Jeff from Moorhead and said that InSoc had a new CD out and that there were a few songs on it that I call, 'Orgasms for my soul'."
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Date: 02/27/98
Name: Jason Rydstrand
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.eskimo.com/~bernard/ghia/
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  "Well, I used to own DBA. But it seems that not only did I like it enough to inflict it onto all my Techno-Thrash friends,BUT ONE OF THEM STOLE IT!... Geuss they liked it. *sigh* Great Album Kurt and I hope you will keep up the new sounds."
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Date: 02/24/98
Name: Nevermore
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.gothic.net/poe
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  "Due to $$ restraints, I had to wait until this past weekend to buy DBA, but after listening to it nearly nonstop since my purchase (3 days ago), I must say, it's at the top of my list of favorite CDs. The new sound is not only a 'surprising' change, but a beautiful and eloquent mixture of emotion and sound that, I think, few could accomplish so well. I'm a little startled by the # of people who voted "The Sky Away" as their least favorite song on the disc, however...It has such a strangely melodic sound to it, I just HAD to like it. (BTW, I tried to submit my vote without selecting a "Least favorite", but got an error...hehe...Guess I'll have to be more critical in the future.) Keep up the excellent work. Now I'm off in search of the White Roses. (I'm such a sucker for gimicks, coded messages, and the like...This is definitely a great choice for a follow-up to track 12 from Peace & Love, Inc.)"
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Date: 02/23/98
Name: Trace J. Tumbleson
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I was so happy to find a copy of DBA at my local 'Best Buy'. It's a different story trying to get local radio to play anything but who cares about them. Really like DBA but don't consider it as good as 'P&LI;'. That is my absolute fav! The best song BY FAR on DBA is SEEK300!!!!! Hope you can continue to put out music for many years to come. The data disc doesn't trip my trigger but I'm sure there are people that like it."
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Date: 02/23/98
Name: Rod Rahmani
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/dmviolator
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  "KURT! WHAT HAPPENED? I AM AN INSOC FAN AND 80's FREAK AND I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE SUCH A HAPPY POPPY BAND MAKE A DEPARTURE AND MAKE MUSIC LIKE THIS. I DO HOWEVER, ENJOY TRACK FOUR. ALSO, THE WHITE ROSES THING IS A GOOD ADVERTISEMENT FOR INSOC. NICE REVERSE MESSAGE. I ACTUALLY TRIED TO OBEY IT!
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Date: 02/19/98
Name: Eric Gonzalez
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Information Society has really shown that they can survive by releasing this new album. I love Don't be afraid along with every other album you guys have done. you guys are by far the one of the best groups in the world. I love all your music. I am one of your biggest fans. Keep it up ! HACKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE !!!!!!! "
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Date: 02/09/98
Name: Bill Causer
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://members.xoom.com/iceolate/
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  "The last time I heard InSoc was way back in the day when I was a little kid. I can still remember getting some kind of cassette single from a cereal box of Information Society and I loved it. But, god, help me I can't remember that song's title! If someone knows it, help a brother out. Here I sit 9 or 10 years later listening to a band I haven't heard for that long. Closing In totally blew me away!! This was a band they called "new wave." F**k categories. This song rocks and I want the album.
A dark and beautiful song, it sent chills down my spine. "
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Date: 02/08/98
Name: evan ward
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "this is by a narrow margin the best InSoc album yet. in the future, this album/data cd will be hard to beat, but I have faith that kurt can top himself."
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Date: 01/30/98
Name: Keith
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Kurt, I anxiously awaited the new DBA CD, and had it on order from CD now long before release date. I must admit, I am not crazy about the deparuture from a more melodic line of phrase. It looks like most of the comments are very positive (congratulations), but personally I would have like to heard some dance melody intermixed with the 'dark & gothic' stuff. (life is sometimes too full of darkness to have to listen to it more often) "
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Date: 02/01/98
Name: Cody Stavig
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.shafe.com
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  "The true master of excellence has done it again. Though you're my favorite band of all time, and though I was 5 when "Information Society" came out, I've grown to love it. Each and every one of your albums has been the greatest accomplishment in music ever. I would love to see another conglomeration with Paul Robb and yourself. You two are true genius! And please, oh please come to Portland Oregon to play. Do it for James. "
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Date: 01/29/98
Name: Danial van Heeckeren
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://members.home.net/ornae/
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  "This is the best and only damned CD to have blowing your brains out while invading the ether and drinkin' yer 12th Dr. Pepper!!"
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Date: 01/23/98
Name: Brent Beaverson
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://geocities.com/BourbonStreet/7783/
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  "When I first got the CD I was like, "HUH?! What the?? INSOC? Dude, this is awesome!!" (I was expecting the old happy-go-lucky style of music) I have one complaint. The Data CD needed more COOL stuff on it. "
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Date: 01/25/98
Name: Bill Whorton
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Very nice. I think you're moving in the right direciton musically, in that this seems to have alot more in the way of intensity than previous albums. Also, hiding White Roses was an interesting idea. DeltaComm owes you some serious thanks, because I know at least four other people other than myself who went out and got Telix from their site to set up a terminal for #10 (unfortunately, I lost the copy I had when I got P&L;). The first song particularly reminds me a little of Bigod 20. I've got to go get Goldwave now so I can work on getting that @#%!* password...."
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Date: 01/18/98
Name: Dan Davis
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "First of all, I really enjoy the album in my car. It knocked my ears off the first playing. Since then I think I have lost some hearing. Secondly, I'm not going to spell check this. :) I kinda got bored with all the dialog in between tracks. Some was kewl, it gave the CD life. The deer story was just annoying to me. It sounded like an attempt to follow the form of Pink FLoyd's "The Wall" or InSoc's "Hack" CD. I enjoyed "Hack" to the point that it is worn out, dead. I mean the CD itself is toast. "Don't Be Afraid" will prolly follow suit."
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Date: 01/14/98
Name: Scott Renn
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I love it! Absolutely incredible. Plays a lot like a movie soundtrack with a dark, gothic underscoring. Ideal for those Quake or Hexen games late at night in a dark room."
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Date: 01/14/98
Name: Dana Terry
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "The album kicks ass, man. But, ummm.. Kurt, are you okay? I mean, if you need psychological help, don't be afraid to ask. :)"
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Date: 01/14/98
Name: franke
E-Mail: none yet
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  "It's been about two months since I picked up the new cd...and I'm still listening to it just as much as I can...just thought I'd once again say thank you..."thanks.":) please visit chicago. "
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Date: 01/11/98
Name: Drey
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://ic.net/~cierhart/
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  "beautiful, wonderful, dark music. the first time my wife heard it she thought i was listening to nin or kmfdm. i really hope this album wasn't a one-shot for insoc but a new trend. i always thought a lot of the other stuff was too pop-ish, except for 'hack.' excellent album, kurt."
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Date: 01/12/98
Name: Moltar
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.cafes.net/crowt/
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  "The album is excellent! I got it for Christmas and it's gotten regular rotation in my receiver since. It seems to follow the natural evolution InSoc (in my opinion) has been going through musically. Although... I do have to admit, it is quite a bit darker than the other albums... nothing bad with that, just an observation..."
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Date: 01/01/98
Name: Shane
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.netscope.net/~jinx
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  "I have waited a long time to get this CD. I was promised it by my mother as one of my Christmas gifts. So a few months i have waited for it. I'm REALLY glad I wasn't disappointed. Kurt has changed his style quite a bit. It is raw where it wasn't before, and more structured in others. But the root of the music hasn't changed. It is intersting and different. "Don't Be Afraid" is definitely my new Quake deathmatch CD. =0) Thanx Kurt, Peace and Love was cool, but I think this album beats 'em all, exept Hack, it will always be my fav. *look everyone, my name's on the data CD!!!!*"
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Date: 01/02/98
Name: Korbet Finley
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: ---------
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  "My friends and I always liked InSoc for their love of science fiction and energetic music. I especially love 'em for the dance style beat and synthetic sounds. I'll have to be careful before I buy your next album though (maybe sample it at the store) since I quickly bought DBA. Can't say that I like it much. Then again maybe it'll grow on me like some other fans have said. I guess I wanted more of what you have already done. Dance music is usually uplifting and a feel-good atmosphere, but like others have already said there is a lot of depression in DBA. "
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Date: 01/02/98
Name: Selene Celine
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/9933
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  "Incredible, astounding, amazing.... dark, beautiful, full, flowing.... i absolutely love this cd... it is a welcome departure from the older stuff... probably the best new music i've heard this year.. and the ONLY cd i've purchased this year. good work, keep it up.. and i hope if you tour you make it to albuquerque..."
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Date: 01/05/98
Name: anthony trujillo
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: none yet
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  "very good album indeed- sampliong, programming, and art all collaborate to make an intersting piece of work- my favorite album of 1997- i hope to see you live "
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Date: 12/16/97
Name: Velvet Rogers
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Every time I listen to DBA, I find something new that I love about it. I do wish that the data Cd was Mac compatable also (in my profession Macs are all I work with). I still have not been able to see most of the files on that disk which frustrates me. Otherwise, DBA is one of my favorite Cds in my collection which I will probably play to death! I can't wait to see and hear this music live!!!!!!!!!!"
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Date: 12/16/97
Name: kat (xaile) vicious
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "i first heard insoc when i picked up the tape "hack' for 50 cents at a garage sale, figuring that you guys had moved on by 92', i scanned the web and heard about dba, which i imediately bought, but more to the point; it wasn't what i had expected, but better than i'd hoped. i rigged a rec. of "on the outside" to my alarm so i get a bit of a techi buzz before the caffine kicks in... i hate morning. -xaile"
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Date: 12/19/97
Name: Sailor Lynx
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I love it! The songs are all the best. My favorites are probably 1,4,5, and 8 ,but I listen to them all and for me that is unusual. "
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Date: 12/19/97
Name: Nykki Houtkooper
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  " Whoa! If this release didn't say "Don't be Afraid" on the cover, I would have been. Kurt Harland, now the only member of Information Society, has sold his shares from 'Peace and Love Inc.' and cashed in on the Trent Reznor craze. Most of the tracks included in this are deeply cryptic and a violent turn-around from the love lost lyrics we're accustomed to hearing. The sound is haunting, sometimes harsh, and of course sampled, but not at all the stereotypical melodies of Paul Robb's influence. The best song on the album is 'Seek 300', a flashback to HACK's 'Seek 200' with heavy undertones and larger amounts of sampling. There are stories to hear, depressions to delve into, and a new frontier to explore from the unswept floor in your kitchen. If yuo were ready for In Soc to move on to something industrial and dark- here's your ticket. Also, this CD set contains a second data disc for when you can army crawl from the pit of introversion to your computer, Enjoy! In the end, we conserve what we love we love what we understand we understand what we've learned. Nykki is a SuiteP"
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Date: 12/22/97
Name: Paul A. McCormick III
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "It's nice to see you back after the many year absence. As for the new album it is probrbly the heaviest InfoSoc has ever produced. I like it immensely. The production is clear and consice, the songs themselves are very very good(at least in my opinion) and look forward to seeing you live if you ever make a treck to southeastern MN or even the Warehouse in La Crosse, WI:) I look forward to your next album if it sounds as good as this one does. "
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Date: 12/24/97
Name: dave roman
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: htttp://members.tripod.com/~crypticpress/index.html
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  "At first listen it was a little hard to swallow all at once. The long intro's before the songs seemed to dominate too much, perhaps they would have been better at the ends of the songs( more like HACK or most Mr Bungle Albums) so for repeated listening people can just go right to the track they feel like listening to and then the spoken word stuff would be intro's to the next song.
   I'm in favor of the over all darker mood to the album although I miss the slightly more eclectic flavor of the previous albums. I always felt a darker edge in those albums but they weren't so outwardly obvious. Once again I dont know if the spoken intro's work. With the "spooky" music in the background I wasn't sure if it was soposed to be taken seriously or if it was soposed to be like an Ed Wood Monologue.
   The songs themselves work perfectly and most are amazing. They definately grow with age. Even my least favorite song has become permenantly etched into my subconcious much to my enjoyment. hard to pick a favorite song, Its hard to listen to just one they all make you want to listen to the next.
   If I had to pick a single I would go with "Closing in" or "Ending World" As a longtime fan, I liked the idea of a sequel to Seek 200. And even though my dinosaur of a computer can't run the data disk , I think it's a great idea. I'm not too crazy about the cover art, I accidentally thought it was a Danzig album when I first saw it (oops!) As always a distintive trait about Insoc is the lyrics. I was glad they were printed on the cd jacket because their really good. Not too many electronic bands these days write poetic lyrics. This is one of the reasons I'm estatic to have a new Information Society album( props to Kurt for keeping the name) and I hope it sells like crazy so Kurt can continue to make more records and continue to experiment. If there ha;lf as good as this I'll love it. ::Don't stop now:: "
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Date: 12/27/97
Name: Michael Christopher aka PLASTIC
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: in process
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  "The album is very (gasp) "gothic" in nature but very well done nonetheless.....I'm very glad to own it and I'm waiting with great anticipation for the re-mix album. Good Job Kurt!!!"
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Date: 12/15/97
Name: E. Evans
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "This is an excellent CD. It is the perfect example of what hard edged electronic music could sound like, but seldom does. It was well worth the wait...."
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Date: 12/02/97
Name: J. Eric Stout
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://members.tripod.com/~Phybersyko
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  "I just received DBA as a gift. It is a total departure from earlier INSOC material. Fantastic! It was nice hearing in EMPTY the entire voice-over that briefly appeared in "Strength". I expected a little more of an Industrial sound. What I got was total ROCK! Kurt, the DBA kicks so much ass. Dark & gritty. Fucking cool! The data CD is quite interesting also... It's too bad that more mods weren't written/included... don't forget to buddy up for White Rose!"
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Date: 11/26/97
Name: Scott Renn
E-Mail: ---currently unavailable---
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  "I love it! To me, it plays like a soundtrack to a "Pulp Fiction" type movie or some twisted CD-ROM game. My wife doesn't like it, but then, what does she know about music?! From my DJ point of view, the CD has two or three playable songs. But from my personal enjoyment point of view, I think it's excellent. The data CD is great with all the little do-hickey bells and whistles for my computer. Keep the good stuff comin', Kurt!! "
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Date: 11/26/97
Name: David P. Crowley
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Hey Kurt, It's great to finally have a new Information Society CD in my collection. Although I was saddened to hear the other band members went their separate ways, I was elated to hear that new album was forthcoming. I've been a fan since the start and was always searching the stores for new material. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to get the information I needed ("Where would I be...without I-B-M?") I must say, the new album is quite different but nevertheless, I was thoroughly amazed and in awe. Your new sound is definitely a turn in the right direction. Also being a Gary Numan fan, your rendition of "Are Friends Electric", is phenomenal and does the song great justice."
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Date: 11/26/97
Name: David GGG.
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Hi, I have been a fan since the first album and to say the least "Don't Be Afraid" has lived up to every expectation possible. There was a time in between "peace & love.." and the new cd that I thought I would never hear from InSoc again. "Don't be afraid" makes the waiting worth while. It's a perfect mix of the old stuff and what's happening now and into the future. Hopefully Cleopatra's distribution in Canada will be a little bit better in the future because it was hard to get up here and I run a cd store here. The bonus computer disc is brilliant and it was good to see the "Peace & love.." video because it never got alot of play in Canada and it's good to have my very own copy. Bravo on releasing a masterpiece Kurt."
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Date: 11/22/97
Name: Taylor Nelson
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.sff.net/people/taylor
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  "I found the album by a complete chance when I went to my local used CD place in San Jose, CA. I was actually looking for "Peace & Love, Inc." when I came across DBA. I thought maybe it was a live album or something, but I was pleased to see that InSoc was back after what felt like an eternity! I also saw the InSoc had dwindled to just Kurt, hope everything's still going well for ya, man! Anyway, I got home and put the CD in right away, surprised to hear such a gothic sound! It definitely wasn't the InSoc I grew up with, but I did like it. Overall, I think I'm more excited to see InSoc back! The only things I could possibly recommend would be to turn up the vocals just a little bit...I know it kinda kills the gothic sound, but I'm just used to the vocals being a big part of things. And I love the multimedia CD with the pictures, sounds, and clips, but it was a little tough to get parts to run on a Mac. Perhaps next time you can try to accomodate for those fans who are still loyal to their fruit. :) All in all, it's great to have the music back and the mentality back! Hackers Unite! "
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Date: 11/22/97
Name: Rogerio "Arvy" Vitiello
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/1330/
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  "WOW! Don't Be Afraid is the best InSoc album! And "Are 'Friends' Eletric?" the best music! In the first 5 days after I bought the album, I listened it hmmm... 10 or 12 times (or more). Ah! Get White Roses! You need time to download it but it's not a problem, because White Roses is a great music! Here in Brazil there are no Don't Be Afraid to buy. I bought it from CDNOW, paid US$ 29 but Don't Be Afraid was the best album that I bought in last 6 months."
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Date: 11/23/97
Name: Michael "Geist" Dozier
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.angelfire.com/md/AntiFruitLoop/index.html
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  "I have listened to this album at least one hundred times now. At first I was unable to form a solid opinion, simply because of the fact that I have grown up on all of the older INSOC albums which sprouted my interest in music. This album has shocked me to a new level that I had never though possible before. The lyrics real and filled with darks moods, causing it to seem as if Kurt Harland had grown a hiden, yet amazing music-God complex which was meant to take over all music as we know it. I now torture my fiance, everytime that I listen to it, for she hasn't heard much of anything else since I bought the album home from the store and into my house. I am in love with the new style that INSOC has taken on, and beg Kurt not to keep us waiting long before another, music-God crafted album is produced for us. Congrats!"
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Date: 11/14/97
Name: Shane Foss
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.visi.com/~samco/index.html
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  "Picked Up My Copy Today from My Local Best Buy. Have all previous releases of INSOC's Albums, and consider them sacred objects to my collection. My first observations of "Don't Be Afraid" are this:
  -Love the Ambience and Phase Shifting Throughout the Whole Album.
  -Your Back-Wards Message was VERY NASTY. Parents and Teachers will call.
  -I Miss Cleaver Mixing of Samples found in Previous Albums.
  -The Lierics Didn't Don't Seem to Work for Me Like Previous Albums Did.
  -The Data Disc was a waste of space. Didn't Find much I Liked.
  -Except I Loved the Car Stuff. Pretty Cool!!!!!!!
  -Not Much Info on the Whereabouts of the rest of the Band in the Lits???
  -I Miss Descent I.

INSOC was always ahead of it's Time. This should be the music of choice for the Technology Generations of Today!!!! What the Hell is Alternative????? The stuff that Insoc Produces since day one, is technical like the work around us has become. Suprised the acceptance isn't greater. And again, YELLO kicks way to much ass and there are few that accually know of their existence. Home to see more music from ya Kurt. Again Love the Ambient and Phaseinf Work in the Recording of this album. I am sure the rest will grow on me. Every Other Album has!!!!!!!!

Shane of SAMCO"
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Date: 11/12/97
Name: Shjon Erik Gilbertson
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: none
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  "I have found that with "Don't Be Afraid" Kurt Harland has effectively broken the "traditional" appearance and sound of what you and I have come to call a 'song'. In many ways, the each track on the album takes on a story-like quality, with an obvious beginning, middle, and end. The samples Harland uses in the tracks accentuate the stories perfectly. Overall, I have been very impressed with the new cd, I expected this since Information Society has always been the band to shake the conventional methods of music creation.

Don't be mistaken, "Don't Be Afraid" is not a cd that you can stick in your player for the first time and expect to be immediately entertained. It's much more than entertaining music, it is more of an experience that demands careful and detailed inspection from beginning to end. I suggest lying in bed, low light, and a great pair of ear-phones to experience this album to its fullest."
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Date: 11/10/97
Name: dusty o'connell
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "WOW. After being RAISED on _Hack_ and _Peace & Love, Inc._, this is a kick in the teeth. Totally weird. However, it IS great to hear things like Seek 300 (one of the coolest songs I've ever heard) and The Sky Away. Lots of noisy sampling, loud angry electric drums, and Kurt Harland left and right :)

Way different, but I like the change."
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Date: 11/10/97
Name: Bradly Alicea
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.msu.edu/~aliceabr/
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  "Don't be Afraid is a very substantial album, which is a hard thing to say about most musical recordings these days. At first listen, I thought: Oh Great, INSOC has gone industrial. Not a bad thing, mind you, but by the time I got to the brilliant On The Outside and ALL the tracks afterword, I came to feel that DBA is the best INSOC album yet (Hack comes in a close second). I've hardly listened to anything else for the last month now, and you can't truly appreciate this album until listening to it driving in an electrical ice storm at 3 AM and the part of town you're driving through has lost power. Ooh..the desolation! It's great."
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Date: 11/10/97
Name: Mauricio Fragoso
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.eclipse.com.mx
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  "I have been hearing the cd for a month or so. First I didn´t like it to much, but now I found that tracks 2 and 5 are very good, 3,4,7 are only good, the others I can't consider them as Insoc nor the essence of the´pure energy´ philosophy. Certainly Steve´s guitar made the difference and a good combination with Kurt´s voice. However, I still miss the energy contained around the older songs."
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Date: 11/08/97
Name: ELDERGOD70
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "THE COVER OF GARY NUMAN'S "ARE 'FRIENDS' ELECTRIC" IS GREAT.NO ONE HAS EVER DONE A NUMAN SONG THAT WELL.THE REST OF THE CD IN MY OPINION IS INSOC AT IT'S BEST,MUSICALLY AND THE PRODUCTION IS SOMETHING MANY CURRENT ARTISTS AND THEIR BIG NAME PRODUCERS SHOULD TAKE A LESSON FROM.AWESOME! "
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Date: 11/08/97
Name: Alexandra
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "This album is absolutely phenomenal, the best cd to come out this year. I don't think that i have ever been so moved by music before "Don't Be Afraid", the last two tracks especially, these songs cut right through me, they make you feel. I've been listening to this disc non stop for weeks and each time i listen new sounds and images appear, it is so complex that i would classify it as experimental, just like experimental fiction in a way, because it has contains so many different aspects of sound and imagery spoken word effects. Indescribably beautiful "
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Date: 10/30/97
Name: Brian McKenzie
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://student-www.uchicago.edu
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  " Just picked up the first copy of DBA that I could find in the Chicago Loop area. I heard the MP3's from the website a few months ago and I was a little puzzled by the switch to darkwave style music, but after listening to the whole thing I'm quite impressed. "On the Outside", "Ending World", "The Ridge", and of course "Are Friends Electric?" are beautiful pieces of work. Make "Are Friends Electric" the single! I find it refreshing to see someone release an album so totally honest and dark, when most music pop music out now is such a lame celebration of how disaffected with everything the artists are. Thanks for putting my name in the text file on the data disk. And for "Are Friends Electric?" That's one of my all-time favorites as well. manic hacker children of the world rejoice, InSoc is here to stay! "
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Date: 11/06/97
Name: franke
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  "First of all, please let me say that I've been an insoc fan for quite awhile...this album changed that...I am now a fan of Kurt's. After an extensive two week search my boyfriend finally found a copy for me in a small suburb...a big city like Chicago and I had TROUBLE FINDING THIS CD!!! It's darker. It's harder. It's better. If you decide to tour for this lp...I'm there front and center (once again), this time taking notes."
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Date: 11/06/97
Name: Laura
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Kurt, your plan for world domination seems to be moving along quite nicely. DBA is definitely worth the wait. I've been an insoc fan for a long time, and I have to admit that I have been wishing that insoc would do something a little bit darker. This is exactly what I've been waiting for! Can't wait to see you perform it live ;) "
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Date: 10/26/97
Name: ave
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "InSoc has changed, IMO for the better, now that Kurt has control. I'm glad that he's using Cleopatra Records, which fits the music now much better than Tommy Boy. I really enjoy DBA, in particular "the sky away" and "on the outside". there is much more going on in the music and every time I hear it I notice something new. I also have lots of fun playing with the stuff on the cd-rom. it shows us that InSoc is more than a band/composer. i can't wait to see what Kurt will crank out next."
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Date: 10/26/97
Name: Daniel J. Geduld
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.bluemarble.net/~arken
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  "I've really enjoyed 'Don't Be Afraid', but it took a little while to get into it. 'Hack' was the same way. Maybe you're just way above my head, Kurt, but it usually takes three or four playings of your albums before I suddenly say, "Yeah! This is truly wonderful!" Of course, 'Don't Be Afraid' has a very different sound from previous albums, but I think that's probably just your personality coming out in full now that you're the only member of InSoc. I always thought you wrote the best songs anyway."
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Date: 10/27/97
Name: Adam D. Grieser
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  " I personally think this is the best "pro-electronic" record I have heard in the last 5 yrs. Every person I have made listen to it, who isn't an insoc fan, seems to think it is kick ass as well. I can't wait for the tour. -adamg"
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Date: 10/27/97
Name: Gregg Pelloni
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Out of the 150+ CDs of all varieties I own, the new Insoc album is the best music I've ever heard. I had to drive across the state of Michigan to buy my copy, but it was worth it. It is great skateboarding/aggressive in-lining music, and it is often played at the local skate part. My only minor gripe is that the case is a cheap 2 disc holder--I prefer the thick kind. I hope Kurt goes on tourtto Detroit!!"
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Date: 10/27/97
Name: Drew
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: N/A
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  "This is a fantastic piece of work! `Ozar Midrashim' is the most beautiful instrumental that I have ever heared, and `Are Friends Electric' is masterfully re-done. `Closing In' is very catchy, as is the refreshingly different `Ending World'. I have no negative comments to make, with the exception of the following: `Empty' is not much of a sing-along type, although I suppose it shouldn't really be, given the mood of the song. The Ridge is very powerful. "
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Date: 10/28/97
Name: [email protected]
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I feel that i am InSoc's biggest fan (since the Amanda Kramer days). I have seen them in concert several times here in dallas. I have always contended that InSoc's music was the KING OF STING. I am not 'afraid' to say that KURT is a genius."
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Date: 10/28/97
Name: G. Meatotomy
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  " This is the best Insoc record to date. I also believe this is possible one of the greatest records of all time! Every song is great. I didn't want to vote for a least fav on the poll. I can't wait 'till a tour. Please, come to Chicago!-gm"
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Date: 10/28/97
Name: Bill Hawkins
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "I must say, I was very glad that you finally came out with your new CD. At first I was disappointed, but I remembered Peace and Love Inc and how I really didn't like it either at first. Since my initial time listening to the entire CD (which is what I have afforded all of your CD's since the first), I find that I really really like it a lot. I had to remember that you weren't going to put out the same type of music on every album and that this was the obvious evolution of your music. I absolutely love the first four songs, especially "On the Outside". As for "Are friends electric", the jury is still out on that one. I must say though, you have done a tremendous job with this one seeing that you are the only one in the band now. Keep up the good work and please don't wait so long to put out another, I can't bear another long wait :)!!!
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Date: 10/28/97
Name: Jerry Jones
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Contrary to what I've read from others, I kind of liked the new change to the vocals on CLOSING IN, although I would've preferred a Fred Maher production touch to this particular song.

ARE FRIENDS ELECTRIC? was great and I also really liked THE RIDGE.
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Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Just got DON'T BE AFRAID -- am floored. This is not HACK, which was to me more about the transmission of information (duh) than anything else. This new album tells the story of a war, to me. With the exception of the monologues, it is as close to perfect as I have ever heard in being realized. I like music that tells a story, and the images are so vivid and powerful in my mind, heroic Wagnerian Romanticism on some future field.
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Date: 10/13/97
Name: Jeremy Maritz
E-Mail: [email protected]
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  "Okay...I finally found a copy of DBA after not too long of a search. I must say that I am quite surprised, and extremely impressed. The musical style sounds like it has matured more than anything. "On the Outside" is my favorite track so far (I am also a die-hard Leaether Strip fan by nature, so that kinda outlines my likes and dislikes musically). The rest I'll get around to listening to after awhile. Isn't it weird how InSoc albums always have that one song u tend to get stuck on for at least a week? (track 13 from HACK anybody? Am I the only one?)
I've followed InSoc from the beginning, and after I think four albums and compilations and multiple concerts (It looks like you have too much fun on stage!!!) it seems like your music is going in the only direction possible. The grown up route. The music has grown. It's richer, deeper, darker, more emotional, and I love it!!!
Keep going this way, Kurt. This road that your music has unexpectantly turned down has resulted in a wonderful piece of Synthesized Art.
Thanx for all the music and the years of mental pictures.
P.S. Next time you come around on tour, play all of this and less of the old stuff. It doesn't look like that old stuff is you anymore.
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Date: 10/13/97
Name: Rodney
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Hey! The search for the 10th song should keep us busy till the next INSOC album huh?
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Ryan "Equinox" Kane
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.cs.uwec.edu/~kanerb
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   "Absolutely LOVE the new album. Been listening to it almost constantly. I like Closing In the most, just love the chorus part to that one. Still can't get the last password for the chunks of White Roses, but have no fear (in other words, Don't Be Afraid :) ) the iilf WILL prevail. Equinox over and out.
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Ryan Bergman
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Every once in a while some music comes along and when you listen to it you get this queer little quiver that starts in the back of your neck, slides down your spine, and then explodes out into the rest of your body. Skinny Puppys "The Process" was the last album to do this to me and now InSoc has given them a run for their money.
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Android
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.bandgelect.com/chews
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  "This is definately not your mother's Information Society! Kurt has ressurected the media-meglomanic band and turned it into a darker, more brooding, and definately more personal reflection. This is the kind of stuff we nerds turn on when we're pissed off!
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Mike Zahurak
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "You were right when you said it was "darker", but it was a good change of pace. Overall, it's a GREAT CD with great songs. I really like "Closing In". I just like the way it sounds. I also liked "Are Friends' Electric?" Keep up the great work, Kurt, and I hope more InSoc music will be on the way soon :)
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Malanie Mlostek
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "I like it a lot, it is a lot different from any other record put out by InSoc but equally good if not better. The lyrics and music are very affective, after listeneing to it I leave in a different state of mind. A much darker state of mind.
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Benjamin Pendleton
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Well, Kurt... I must say that it has taken on a new approach! You did a superb job on : "Are Friends Electric"! I find myself asking that question too! InSoc has not only entangled onto a new vine.. But I feel that you have left a trace of the past in the album?! Depending upon the feelings I am undergoing at the time, has an impact upon how I indulge into the songs! Honestly, I miss the whole band, but you all have done well for yourselves! I recommend everyone to at least listen to 'Dont Be Afraid' !
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Jeff Crowell
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: members.tripod.com/~yada/neurpublik.html
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   "God, it's been so long since the last album - but well worth the wait. When I first heard it, I thought, "God, this is so different!", but as I've now finished a hundred or so listenings, I realize that it's no so much different - just more evolved. I only hope that the stuff gets the airplay (& clubplay) it deserves! I had to drive from Detroit to Ann Arbor to get it because no stores in Detroit had it the first week (I think I bought the only copy in Michigan at the time). Luckily, you can get it about everywhere now. Favorites for me so far are "Closing In" & "The Ridge", which I find very Sylvian-esque (a compliment). I just have to say also that the backmasking sequence is pure genius! I hope it was meant to be funny because I laughed my ass off. The data CD stuff was cool, too, but since I have a Mac (I know, not the INSOC-endorsed PC of choice), some files will remain a mystery to me. To make a long story short, the album is friggin' awesome, & to not buy it would be one of the greatest mistakes of your life. Play it a lot & Get everyone you know to buy it so that we'll be sure to have a steady stream of INSOC media to take us into the next century!
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Chris Parsons
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "This album seems to be more musically intricate than any previous work. The sound is a lot more aggressive and less "pop-ish" which is a good thing in my opinion. It is lacking the fine polished sound of Peace & Love, Inc., but that seems to add to musical structures. Overall rating on a scale of 1 to 100, 100+!!!! But what can I say, I have yet to hear anything by InSoc that didn't get that. :)
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Joe McMahon
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Hmmm. This is a very gothic and somewhat disturbing piece of work. It's not at all what I expected from INSOC. It is full of alot of interesting and unique sounds, but I often found myself longing for a sustained melody. I found it kind of irritating how the vocals choppy and are diced up by sound effects because I think Kurt has a great singing voice. I can get into it if I am in the right mood, but never listen to this CD if you have the slightest bit of a headache. I don't know, maybe I am just to old and boring for this new sytle. I will say that CD is great for background music when you are cruising the web or playing games.
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Date: 10/16/97
Name: Teal Scott
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "The overall feel of the first few tracks was wonderfully done, the mix of prose and spoken word with the symphonic feel was great. A few friends found the beginning of On The Outside rather dusturbing. Ending World is another favorite track of mine that became lodged in my mind, the chanting circle effect was nice. Your cover of Gary Numan's Are "friends" Electric was another favorite. Hrrm... looking back I have this strange feeling that users don't win drugs... and I should stay in my parent's school... Data CD, wish I had more time to explore it. Still trying to figure a way to convert WPI files to quicktime so I can view it on my mac. Though I did take some time to steal time on my friend's pentium to see Peace and Love Inc... Great job. In closing I'd like to say you have come a long way through all these years, I was quite happy to find your page after wondering what became of Insoc, obviously I wasn't disappointed.
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Date: 10/16/97
Name: steve burke
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.cali.org/~sburke
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  "adjectives fail me. since I got "DBA", its been playing in my home, car, and work. great writing by kurt and production by seibold. "Ending World" is one of the most amazing songs I've heard in the past 4 years. version 2 of "Closing In" is even starting to grow on me after becoming familiar with the version on CAD's ::CatCompII::. Singles? "Closing In," "Ending World," or "The Ridge".
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Date: 10/16/97
Name: Kim Schutterle
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   " Although quite dark in some spots, not to mention backwards messages, the album is pure enjoyment. I find that I go to sleep singing the songs, wake up in the middle of the night singing the songs, and arise in the the morning singing the songs. It is the first album, for me, that has a very poetic quality to it. I feel the lyrics are very deep and the phenomonology of language is thick throughout. A must for any free thinker! Super job, Kurt.
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Date: 10/17/97
Name: Tugrik
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Strong undercurrent, and beautiful moods to pull you down and make you think. I seriously appreciate this album, and welcome the exploration INSOC is making into this type of music. I also offer highest thanks for a CD-ROM that uses the format properly, respecting its users to know how to get what they want out of it instead of spoon-feeding us with some Director-based multimedia-gulch fallout.
Only one question remains in my mind for the creator of this music... do I hear just a tiny smidgen of Vatic[A.N.]'s influence in this new style, or is it just me?
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Date: 10/19/97
Name: Kristina
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "I've had the new CD for weeks now, and I must say that it is quite excellent. I really like the new direction which seems to match the direction my own musical tastes have taken, especially the migration to Cleopatra. My favorite song right now (subject to change) is "Are Friends Electric". The CD overall is excellent, and as always with In Soc, contains no "filler" songs in my opinion. Kurt, keep up the great work, and I look forward to future CD's. :-)
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Date: 10/19/97
Name: D. Northrop
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Very much enjoyed the new album. Definately not what I expected, but great. I think "Seek 300" should be the song picked for the single release. I can't sit still when I here it come on. Great work, Kurt, and great work to all those that helped!
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Date: 10/19/97
Name: Kurt Franz (a.k.a. Scan)
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Excellent, Absolutely perfect!! Full of secret stuff and powerful deep songs. More than Kurt's soul is poured into it. This CD has all that dark and speed I've always looked for in InSoc music. And the addition of all of us fans contributions on the CD-ROM, makes it worth to the last penny.If you are reading this and you haven't decoded white roses WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?... The four years wait was worth it... We're not afraid anymore.
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Date: 10/19/97
Name: Rob "Forge" Ansell
E-Mail: [email protected]rit.edu
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  "I loved it, brought tears to my eyes, my heart to my throat and sent my adrenaline rushing. I can't wait to see the live version!
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Date: 10/20/97
Name: Michael D'R.
E-Mail: DjMikeDR
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  " As a DJ I have a big problem with "Don't Be Afraid": Taking in what Kurt said about the possibility of not having a single released for "Are Friends Electric?" I assumed that I still would be able to use the album cut to play and promote InSoc. I was wrong. It is totally un DJ-friendly. The song "Are Friends Electric?" has no clear intro and there is only a 16 beat measure before the vocals. An absolute minimum for DJ's is a 32 beat measure. I bring only this song up because this is the the song that is supposed to promote the album.
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Date: 10/21/97
Name: Jenny B.
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.flash.net/~jlberger/malleron/malplay.htm
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  "Please let it be known that the latest oeuvre by Information Society is definitely worth waiting for!! Markedly different from past works, this album is clearly represents a step forward in the artistic sensibilities of Kurt Harland. Some may consider the album a trifle "darker" than what they may be accustomed to as the "Insoc sound" but none can deny that the music is more thoughtful and definitely more powerful, and as such a true work of art.
Keep up the fantastic work, Kurt!
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Date: 10/21/97
Name: Doctor Who
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.lm.com/~bryce
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  "I've been addicted to InSoc for a very long time now, and I'be been anxiously awaiting the latest masterpiece. I must say that I am wholly impressed. A scan of the cover now resides on my system as the backdrop on my Xserver. As for comments on the album, I think I'll start at the beginning:
Empty v3.0 - Reminds me a good deal of the ranting and raving of someone who has just had a very close friend stab him in the back. Pure rage flows in this song. The drums remind me of someone pacing back and forth. Perhaps he's taunting someone over the phone, terrifying them into submission (guilt?).
Closing In v2.0 - This song brings forth visions of a pilot in Descent: Climbing into his ship, buckling in, sealing the hatch, and riding the lift down into the mine, unsure of what lies ahead, but ready to fight to survive at all costs. "Let's rock."
On The Outside v2.1 - A lonely individual holed up in his apartment, afraid to leave his home because of what awaits him outside: Society. War, death, hatred, and entropy reigning above all. The Hollow Ones' anthem if I ever heard it.
Ending World v1.1 - An excellent song for interpretive dance or perhaps street theatre. "Constant change is here to stay." Please don't listen to this song if you're trying to go to sleep, because you'll be in one hell of a nihilistic mood when you get up the next morning. I expecially like the way it's sung as a round.
Seek300 v2.1.1 - Wonderful dueling song! You've made a number of cybs VERY happy, Kurt!
The Sky Away v2.0 - A highly depressing song. Quite cynical from a religious standpoint. No hope, no salvation. Do what thou wilt, as the consequences pale in comparison to what would happen if you don't do them.
Are 'Friends' Electric v2.0 - I just wanted to say that the lyrics sound better sung, as opposed to the original version. Kurt's monotone-voice fits this tune well. And yes, 'friends' ARE electric. B-)
Ozar Midrashim v1.1 - Kurt, what the hell were you on when you wrote the intro??? This song brings back Max Headroom-like memories of the fringes of the city, populated by dropouts, criminals, vagrants, and weirdos of all shapes and sizes. In short, my kind of people. I especially liked the _Hackers_ quote. A lone wanderer, stalking the wasteland, trying to stay alive.
The Ridge v1.1 - The musings of a poet, detached from a girl ready to commit suicide. Extremely sad, and thought-provoking. It is a strong man or woman who does not sink into an introspective mood after listening to this track, especially if they've lyrics in hand. This track is one of the best on the album.
300 8n1 - The WILL be White Roses.
Kurt Harland has created yet another masterpiece, singing from the heart and tugging on the listener's soul. He has my admiration, and my applause.
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Date: 10/21/97
Name: Robert Houtkooper
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.getnet.com/~odin
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   "Well well well.... A slight change in direction for InSoc! A little less "pop"-ish and a little more techo, bordering on industrial. I like it! Could have done without the commentary in-between, although it's nice to know someone else has a "suspicious persons list". The data disk was a little bit of a let down, but to be fair, I haven't investigated everything on it yet. And hey, haven't we all spent evenings at home in the dark repeating over and over "I am absolutely right, I am absolutely sane"? I do it every day at work! I'll give it ... oh.... 8 out of 10. Good work Kurt!
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Date: 10/22/97
Name: Charlie Freeburg
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: www.televar.com/~superfre
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  "I have 3 words: DBA KICKS ASS! The all time best InSoc product ever!!!!
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Date: 10/24/97
Name: The Terry Cloth God
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "As a long time fan who disobeyed my parents to buy the first album (it was also the first tape that I had ever bought.) I have to say that I am pleased (though a bit shocked) with the new album. For me old InSoc stuff gave way for me to band like Skinny Puppy, FLA, ect. This new album can begin to fall in to that genre in my opinion. As of now - listening to it for a day - my favorite tracks are Empty 3.0 and Seek 300 2.11.
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Date: 10/13/97
Name: Jeremy Maritz
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Let me open up by stating my theory about music in general. "If you can't plug it into a computer, it's not worth listening to."Okay...I finally found a copy of DBA after not too long of a search. I must say that I am quite surprised, and extremely impressed. Your musical style sounds like it has matured more than anything. "On the Outside" is my favorite track so far (I am also a die-hard Leaether Strip fan by nature, so that kinda outlines my likes and dislikes musically). The rest I'll get around to listening to after awhile. Isn't it weird how InSoc albums always have that one song u tend to get stuck on for at least a week? (track 13 from HACK anybody? Am I the only one?)I've followed InSoc from the beginning, and after I think four albums and compilations and multiple concerts (It looks like you have too much fun on stage!!!) it seems like your music is going in the only direction possible. The grown up route. The music has grown. It's richer, deeper, darker, more emotional, and I love it!!! Keep going this way, Kurt. This road that your music has unexpectantly turned down has resulted in a wonderful piece of Synthesized Art. Thanx for all the music and the years of mental pictures.
P.S. Next time you come around on tour, play all of this and less of the old stuff. It doesn't look like that old stuff is you anymore.
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Date: 10/13/97
Name: Rodney
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Hey! The search for the 10th song should keep us busy till the next INSOC album huh?
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Ryan "Equinox" Kane
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.cs.uwec.edu/~kanerb
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   "Absolutely LOVE the new album. Been listening to it almost constantly. I like Closing In the most, just love the chorus part to that one. Still can't get the last password for the chunks of White Roses, but have no fear (in other words, Don't Be Afraid :) ) the iilf WILL prevail. Equinox over and out.
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Ryan Bergman
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Every once in a while some music comes along and when you listen to it you get this queer little quiver that starts in the back of your neck, slides down your spine, and then explodes out into the rest of your body. Skinny Puppys "The Process" was the last album to do this to me and now InSoc has given them a run for their money.
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Android
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.bandgelect.com/chews
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   "This is definately not your mother's Information Society! Kurt has ressurected the media-meglomanic band and turned it into a darker, more brooding, and definately more personal reflection. This is the kind of stuff we nerds turn on when we're pissed off!
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Mike Zahurak
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "You were right when you said it was "darker", but it was a good change of pace. Overall, it's a GREAT CD with great songs. I really like "Closing In". I just like the way it sounds. I also liked "Are Friends' Electric?"Keep up the great work, Kurt, and I hope more InSoc music will be on the way soon :)
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Malanie Mlostek
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "I like it a lot, it is a lot different from any other record put out by InSoc but equally good if not better. The lyrics and music are very effective, after listeneing to it I leave in a different state of mind. A much darker state of mind.
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Benjamin Pendleton
E-Mail: [email protected]
--
   "Well, Kurt... I must say that it has taken on a new approach! You did a superb job on :"Are Friends Electric"! I find myself asking that question too! InSoc has not only entangled onto a new vine.. But I feel that you have left a trace of the past in thealbum?! Depending upon the feelings I am undergoing at the time, has an impact uponhow I indulge into the songs! Honestly, I miss the whole band, but you all have donewell for yourselves! I recommend everyone to at least listen to 'Dont Be Afraid' !
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Jeff Crowell
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: members.tripod.com/~yada/neurpublik.html
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   "God, it's been so long since the last album - but well worth the wait. When I first heard it, I thought, "God, this is so different!", but as I've now finished a hundred or so listenings, I realize that it's no so much different - just more evolved. I only hope that the stuff gets the airplay (& clubplay) it deserves! I had to drive from Detroit to Ann Arbor to get it because no stores in Detroit had it the first week (I think I bought the only copy in Michigan at the time). Luckily, you can get it about everywhere now. Favorites for me so far are "Closing In" & "The Ridge", which I find very Sylvian-esque (a compliment). I just have to say also that the backmasking sequence is pure genius! I hope it was meant to be funny because I laughed my ass off. The data CD stuff was cool, too, but since I have a Mac (I know, not the INSOC-endorsed PC of choice), some files will remain a mystery to me. To make a long story short, the album is friggin' awesome, & to not buy it would be one of the greatest mistakes of your life. Play it a lot & Get everyone you know to buy it so that we'll be sure to have a steady stream of INSOC media to take us into the next century!
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Chris Parsons
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "This album seems to be more musically intricate than any previous work. The sound is a lot more aggressive and less "pop-ish" which is a good thing in my opinion.It is lacking the fine polished sound of Peace & Love, Inc., but that seems to add to musical structures. Overall rating on a scale of 1 to 100, 100+!!!!But what can I say, I have yet to hear anything by InSoc that didn't get that. :)
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Date: 10/15/97
Name: Joe McMahon
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Hmmm. This is a very gothic and somewhat disturbing piece of work. It's not at all what I expected from INSOC. It is full of alot of interesting and unique sounds, but I often found myself longing for a sustained melody. I found it kind of irritating how the vocals choppy and are diced up by sound effects because I think Kurt has a great singing voice. I can get into it if I am in the right mood, but never listen to this CD if you have the slightest bit of a headache. I don't know, maybe I am just to old and boring for this new sytle. I will say that CD is great for background music when you are cruising the web or playing games.
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Date: 10/14/97
Name: Scott Taylor
E-Mail:
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   "I'm listening to the cd now, and there are quite a few people here that couldn't believe that it's InSoc they are hearing. People were just used to the old sound. They love the darker sound. I explained what happened with you guys, and now it's just you, and they love it.
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Date: 10/11/97
Name: Jason Baker
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "I really like most of "Don't Be Afraid" so far. The cover of "Are Friends Electric?" Is really great, and so are most of the other songs. I also have enjoyed the data disc. The only problems I've had so far is my roomate's computer doesn't ahve any decompression utilities, so I'm going to have to wait to see a lot of the stuff on the data disc. My only other compliant is the use of profanity right near the beginning of "On The Outside". It really doesn't seem to contribute anything to the song, it's more like it was just thrown in there... Oh well, overall, the disc is great, except for that.
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Date: 10/13/97
Name: Mark R. Johnson
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "Ummm...I think Kurt has gone a little strange on us...This is not necessarily a bad thing, however...8)....Suprised me quite a bit when I first got my hands on it, not at all the skippy upbeat thing I was expecting, but I must admit that I'm just as addicted to it as the other InSoc CD's, now. A new direction, to be sure, but a good one. And it grows on you, too, the more you listen. But maybe that is because Kurt is brainwashing us with the backwards messages. 8) Oh well, off to find the hidden track. I'll decode that message on track 10 if I have to pick up an old 300bps modem at a garage sale or write my own custom zip cracker.
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Date: 10/12/97
Name: Phil Mudgett
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.extremezone.com/~arycogre
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   "The album has reached "Tactical Neural Implant" status...; that is... the same point at which that album by FLA never left my cd player. and even though I have a 25 disc changer...
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Date: 10/11/97
Name: Ryan Hopper
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "I finally managed to get DON'T BE AFRAID, and to say the least it's not what I expected of an InSoc CD. I listened to it,and, at first was not sure if I liked it or not. I amost felt like sending it back. Then I listened to it again and it seemed to be growing on me. Finally I put it in my portable cd player and listened to it through headphones while doing my College Homework. It sounded great GREAT!!!!!!!!! Now it sounds like an InSoc. CD with just a new twist every time I listen to it. Also I love the Insoc data CD. It has about anything InSoc. related you need."
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Date: 10/07/97
Name: Mark L. Hammel
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "I am a big fan of ISOC but this cd is a drastic change from what I've heard in the past. I am a little let down by the so far... I admire Kurt's work at being creative and unique - you definitely accomplish this - I just personally prefer the craziness found on HACK. Hopefully the music will grow on me as I listen to it more... good luck!"
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Date: 10/09/97
Name: Onix
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "I've been an Info. Soc. fan since the first album and I have to say that you've really outdone yourself, the new album is dark but excellent. The tracks are very cinematic and could probably fit in Bladerunner to a T. Closing In and Are ' Friends' Electric are the best tracks on the album."
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Date: Wed, 08 Oct 1997 23:19:00
From: Tim
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   "So I spend all night trying to connect to hyperterminal with my second phone line, while somehow holding the phone up to my speaker with track 10 playing. After an hour of trying I get it to work and go to the website.... I thought the fun was over (like it was on P&L;), but wonder of wonders it is just begining. This little treasure hunt for the last song is almost as cool as the idea to have a data CD..... I am truly amazed by the creativity of this project. Well, my DL of the first chunk O' Song is done. L8R
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Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 12:05:06
Name: Highlander
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   "You are so cool!! My fried got the CD a few days before me and he noticed that qtn40.zip file..... he is probably still tryin' to download zip cracks and stuff.... I just downloaded the 10th track... "
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Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 00:27:39 EDT
Name: Stephen Munn
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   "I am absolutely right I am absolutely certain I am absolutely right I am absolutely certain of all the records you've made...
   THIS ONE IS THE BEST."
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Date: 10/04/97
Name: Darby M. Dixon III (DrDaByGoD)
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.camelot.org/~thegrue
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  " Kurt, may this be the beginning of the best part of your career. This is truly a magnificient piece of work, from the music to the lyrics to the samples to the sounds.. Wow. The Ridge is utterly magnificient; the very end.. it just sucks my breath out of my lungs. Ending World absolutely blows me away, from here to eternity. AFE is just so damned cool. There simply is not a dud anywhere to be found.. And, what's great, is it's not just really cool music.. but really cool music with (what i sense, at least) to be a lot of strong feeling, thought, and emotion behind it.. there's times when I've listened and I just can't help but be ever so slightly afraid..."
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Date: 10/04/97
Name: The i.i.t.f.
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://iitf.org
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  " There shall be no white roses."
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Date: 10/05/97
Name: Kevin Bush
E-Mail: [email protected]
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   "As a fan who had been following the events that led to the creation of this album, I was overjoyed when I read on the web page that the album was released and available in stores. I called every record store in the Dallas area and finally sequestered a copy from Bill's Records and Tapes(to any Dallas folowers that can't find a copy: Try Best Buy or Bill's). I've been listening to DBA ever since. This is by far the only listenable industrial record to be released this year! My favorite tracks are "Empty", "Ending World", and "Are 'Friends' Electric." Get this disk!"
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Date: 10/06/97
Name: Lee Van Doren
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://members.aol.com/DModeMD
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   "Must release singles: Closing In, then On the Outside. You will break back out into the music scene with 24 metric tons of intense, kick-ass music. They WILL be afraid! ... and they will love it!... Took a bit to grow on me, I'm not usually into the harder sound, but it's growing... and fast. Hard to believe this was put together by one man and some pals... incredible."
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Date: 10/01/97
Name: Benjamin D. Hutchins
E-Mail: [email protected]
URL: http://www.eyrie.net/~gryphon
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   "Seek 300" is everything I hoped it would be when I heardthat the new album would have a track by that name. The only problem is that I may listen to that track so much it takes me a week to get round to listening to the rest of the disc... "
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10/97 -
  So; I was playing DBA at work and the new british web guy said "That's the first good music I've heard since I arrived"
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10/97 -
  BTW;: Every time I listen to DBA I feel I must obey my parents, do my homework and not take drugs (because I am a Winner!!!) Very...very strange.
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09/97 -
   I like the new 'direction' you have taken InSoc. It is a refreshing change, and maybe a little 'dark'. But, bottom line is it's good.
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09/97 -
   Have not listened enough to pass judgement on everything, but I already know that I don't just like "Ending World"; I love it. It should be the intro to "Millenium". Really great.
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09/97 -
   After spending hours completely absorbed in the multi-layered sounds you've put together so well, my impression was that you seem to be one of the most sane musicians I've ever had the pleasure to listen to. I think you're like a beacon of light in a sea of mental confusion.
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09/97 -
   I think closing in is the best song in the whole world.
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09/97 -
   DBA is an ingeniusly crafted dark and dramatic aural masterpiece. Great stuff.
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09/97 -
   I can't say I love it right out of the case (Peace & Love remaining my fav; cool vid too) but it's really growing on me, especially "The Ridge". Not to mention I'm going nuts trying to fix my modem so I can translate track 10 (currently emailing from a friend's connection).
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09/97 -
   Picked up the new CD today. Awsome. Prolly the best stuff I've heard in a long time!
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09/97 -
   Damn, what an album! The cd (imo) really carries as a whole better than INSOC's previous releases. And my head is still spinning after hearing the layered textures of "The Ridge". Wow- FIND IT NOW!
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09/97 -
   Closing In was really really cool on the catcomp, and you made it like, a million billion times better.
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09/97 -
   "Wow."
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09/97 -
   "Wow^10."
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09/97 -
   "Well after seeing your page of of praise (and what-else) from people that have heard songs off of Don't Be Afraid, I thought I'd let you know the reactions of the people I've played Closing In for...
   A friend of mine who is a long-time INSOC fan said: 'Wow, that's REALLY good!' when I said, 'Yeah, now INSOC is just Kurt Harland' she said: 'You mean that goofy guy with roller skates?' =)
   Another friend of mine, after exposing him to both old and new INSOC said: 'Sounds like he's moving in the right direction'
   And the owner of a Musical Coffee-Shop type place that I occasionally DJ for perked to attention and asked what I was playing. (he doesn't do that often)
   And I said: 'Sounds like Nine Inch Nails... only better' "
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08/97 -
   The end of Ending World is one of the most incredible things I've ever heard. I think you get lots of cool points for it.
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08/97 -
   "P.S. I just started listening to some of the excerpts from the new CD, and they are killer!!"
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07/97 -
   "Just a few words, great new song (Are Friends Electric?) I think I've broken a record by listening to it every chance I get since I recorded it off the Darkest Hour compilation. I love it, excellent job. Can't wait for the new CD."
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07/97 -
   "You have serious, serious mental problems."
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06/97 -
   "Congratulations. You've managed to make something that doesn't sound like anything else!"
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05/97 -
   "I like it even though it's only the first time I heard it."
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03/97 -
   "They will listen to Seek300. They have no choice."
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03/97 -
   "Incidentally i went somewhere with my girlfriend and one of her friends and played a plethora of music in the car, and her friend was freaking out during Seek300 going, "Wow! What is this? This is really great!" everyone i've played it for has just be ecstatic about it. I'm ecstatic about it. I'm so anxious to get the new album, you wouldn't believe it. =)"
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03/97 -
   "The buzzing sample/vocal effect in "the ridge" makes me -very, very- happy."
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03/97 -
   "Yeah, twisted and demented stuff kicks ass. It's very, I hate to say this, "industrial". But industrial good, not wannabe industrial."
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03/97 -
   "Too dark." - (Almost every record company who heard it.)