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Daydreams and Nightmares - CD 2006
Synthpop.net
Virus Magazine
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The Fine Line Between Love and Hate - April 2003
Chain D.L.K.
Industrial Nation - magazine
Outburn - magazine
Collected Sounds
Dark Realms - magazine
GothicVixen.net - webzine
Side-Line Magazine
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Nocturnal Movements
Gothic Beauty - magazine
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REVIEWS

Re>gen Magazine
This is the second album for Distorted Reality, released in 2006 on Nilaihah Records. Distorted Reality is a international band, with Martha Arce from Miami and Christian Kobusch of Germany. However, Martha has recently relocated to Germany to enable her to focus fully on the band.

This second album opens with "Never Change", which was also featured on the State Of Synthpop 2005 6 cd compilation. This track is a excellent launching point for the album, as it shows the refinement and development that DR's sound has undergone, while still staying true to the roots of the gritty EBM pop that is at the core of DR's sound. The album features a even mix of ballads and more danceable tracks, similar to the first album. "Forever" is a very solid mid-tempo track, not one immediately grabs the attention, but the more you listen to the track, the more you are drawn into it.

"Those Eyes" has a very sultry, almost seductive quality to the music, which plays in contrast to the somewhat bitter lyrics, making for a neat contrast. "Will You Love Me?" is simply a very good ballad, almost a power ballad, with a slow, sensual melody that still manages to have a little teeth. The first portion of the album closes with a cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell", which is also included in a live version on the end of the disc. I didn't expect to be impressed by this track, but it's found it's way into my head more times than I can count. A very solid cover.

Of the remixes, In Strict Confidence render a very cool mix of "Something Wicked", proving that sometimes less really is more. However, there is such as too minimal, and Agonoize's mix of "Never Change" features long portions with little to no percussion are a little taxing. Das Ich give a guitar-laden Industrial slant to "Will You Love Me?", and I really like what it does for the song.

Overall, I think Distorted Reality have released a quality second album here. There is evident and impressive improvement from the debut album, and while as a whole the album still doesn't quite hit a home run, it is a very solid, quality presentation, and well worth your time and money. Recommended!

Jason Baker - Synthpop.net


Virus Magazine
When it comes to sophomore releases, many bands struggle to either replicate their sound or go in another direction entirely. Instead, Distorted Reality returns with a signature sound thatís stronger than ever. "Daydreams and Nightmares" had fans waiting for quite some time. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely yes!

Itís all here. The electro-ballads that were found on the excellent debut "The Fine Line Between Love And Hate", thanks to the soulful vocals of Martha Arce and Christian Kobusch. Yet somehow, itís different.

When I first listened to this record, my overall impression was that this is not an overly electro record, with the constant in-your-face, throbbing beats.

The album stands tall with 10 brand new tracks (including an exciting cover of Billy Idolís "Rebel Yell") as well as 5 remixes, and a live version of "Rebel Yell". They definitely give 100% and plenty of tracks to satisfy those eager fans.

Starting off with "Never Change", a catchy, low-key song reintroduces us to the bandís sound.

"Get A Clue" is an impressive duet with Julia Beyer (Technoir). If I had to point out a few album highlights (though each track is flawless and great unto itself) Iíd have to say that I was really blown away by "Those Eyes". It has a sort of swing to it, definitely a different sound, brilliant vocals, and an atmospheric feel to it overall.

"I Am Waiting" is a powerful ballad, with Marthaís vocals backed up by a piano. "Rebel Yell" is very well done, blending the duoís sound with a timeless dance classic.

The album artwork is also much brighter aesthetically than the previous record, and definitely reflects the introspective tone of the record. Each remix is different, providing the fast-paced sounds that were more subtle in the original tracks. This is another great thing about this record. The 10 tracks are easily open to remixing. It will be a real treat to hear what other remixes come out of this record. This is definitely up there with the top releases of the year so far. No one should be disappointed by this one!

Sarah - Virus Magazine

Re>gen Magazine
Melodic and sometimes playful mix of electro-pop reminiscent of '80s new wave bands Depeche Mode and Blondie. Unfortunately the energy of those two great bands does not show on Daydreams and Nightmares.

Distorted Reality consists of two members: former Deep Red singer Martha M. Arce and German producer Christian Kobusch. Together they have created a pleasant sounding mix of synth and electro-pop music. After her stint with Deep Red, Martha started collaborating with Christian Kobusch and eventually moving to Germany. Daydreams and Nightmares is the group's second release.

The most distinctive quality about Daydreams and Nightmares is Martha M. Arce's vocals, which have a come hither quality that is reminiscent of Blondie's own Debbie Harry, with a slight hint of Shirley Manson from Garbage. The music itself is a tuneful mix of polished electro-pop reminiscent of Butterfly Messiah and Technoir. One of the songs that really stood out on the album is the sensuous piano ballad "I Am Waiting." The yearning in Martha's vocals complements the somber melodies and melancholy lyrics. Another interesting track is the cover of Billy Idol's classic "Rebel Yell." Distorted Reality removes the guitars and replaces them with synthesizers. Nothing beats the original, but Distorted Reality does a good job of giving the song a synthesized sound. "Tag Fur Tag" is another standout track. The song is reminiscent of early Depeche Mode with its gentle percolating drumbeats and intricate synthesized melodies. "Will You Love Me?" is the second of the two piano ballads on Daydreams and Nightmares. Martha's seductive vocals give the song a jazz flavor, but unfortunately, the song isn't nearly as beautiful or moving as "I Am Waiting."

The production isn't all that great. The sound is overtly polished and lacks any live feel. The energy of the album is sporadic. Part of that reason for the lack of energy is that the majority of the beats are mid-tempo. Most of the songs never really pick up any speed except for "Get a Clue" and "Rebel Yell." One of the few songs that have any life is the duet with Technoir's Julia Beyer on "Get a Clue," which is propelled by a throbbing bass line sure to make anyone get up and dance. The remixes are unnecessary, especially the live mix of "Rebel Yell." The live mix does not sound remotely different from the album version, so including it is pointless. The remixes should have been set aside for a future EP release as opposed to tacking it on to the CD. The artists who remixed the tracks didn't offer a lot with their interpretations of the songs. Considering who remixed the songs, the listener would think that the remixes would have a more aggressive edge to the songs, but they don't.

Daydreams and Nightmares is a good CD, but there is nothing exceptional about it. Distorted Reality needs to increase the pace of their songs. acking on remixes is never a good idea and Distorted Reality proves that artists will need to keep the remixes separate from the original material. It will merely make the album drag on longer than necessary. In the case of Distorted Reality, less is more.

Erica Anderson - Re>gen Magazine

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Side-Line (2011)

Distorted Reality was formed by Martha Arce from Miami, USA and Christian Kobusch from Berlin, Germany. Martha is the former lead singer of Deep Red, the American Electro-Goth formation. While on tour in Germany with Deep Red as the support for Project Pitchfork, a chance meeting would occur.

After a concert in Herford, Germany, Martha and Christian met and discussed their ideas. Via e-mail they kept in touch and formed Distorted Reality in 1997. Because of the distance the production took a long time.

Since their formation Distorted Reality have appeared on numerous CD compilations and radio shows mainly across North America and Europe. An array of European and American music magazines have featured Distorted Reality, hailing their talents. Among these are the German magazines Zillo, Sonic Seducer and Orkus the Belgium/American Side-Line and the Russian Rockcity. In addition, Distorted Reality was ranked No. 4 in the category "Best Newcomer 2002" in the Grenzwellen.de online poll.

Distorted Reality's debut album "The Fine Line Between Love and Hate" was produced together with Bruno Kramm (Das Ich) and released on May 17, 2002 on Accession Records containing remixes by Propaganda, Sabotage qcqc and Noyce™. On May 13, 2003 "The fine Line..." was re-released on the American record label Nilaihah Records. The North American version contains additional remixes by Assemblage 23, Forma Tadre, cut.rate.box and Null Device.

Martha and Christian completed their second album "Daydreams and Nightmares" together with Andreas Meyer (Forma Tadre, Newt). Artists like Bruno Kramm (Das Ich), Daniel Myer (Haujobb), In Strict Confidence, Dust of Basement and Chris L. (Agonoize) contributed remixes to this album. One highlight is a cover version of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell". Around the same time a Distorted Reality song was featured in the German "Pimp my Ride" show (Pro 7, "Bizz") and a Distorted Reality club remix for Sero.Overdose's "In your eyes" was released on the re-release of "Serotonin" on Alfa Matrix records (get it here).

"Daydreams and Nightmares" was released on Nilaihah Records again for North America. However, the band has signed with a new label for Europe. This time the European release will be with Scanner Records of Dark Dimensions.

Distorted Reality took some time off for among other things the birth of Martha's son, but are working on new material for the next album which will include "I Knew it Was Wrong" which is released on Side-Line Magazine's compilation "Face the Beat Vol. 1" in July 2011.
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Chain D.L.K.
Distorted Reality are American Deep Red-vocalist Martha M. Arce and German keyboard player programmer Christian Kobusch. Together they produce and explore "The Fine Line between Love and Hate" with a musical journey that embraces EBM, synth-pop and techno in various aspects and combinations. The hard hitting hammering beats drive the duo through electronic soundscapes of synth textures and carefully molded sounds, enriched by distorted and processed voices and melodic vocal lines occasionally stepping into territories of electro-pop. The end result is pleasing and stands out in the crowd. The CD was produced by Bruno Kramm of the legendary german duo Das Ich and includes remixes by Assemblage 23, Forma Tadre, Null Device, cut.rate.box, Propaganda, Noyce (TM) and Sabotage. -Marc "the MEMORY Man" Urselli-Schšrer for Chain D.L.K.

Industrial Nation
Distorted Reality is the product of Martha M. Arce (formerly of Deep Red) from the United States and German electro-maestro Christian Kobusch. Although this album (produced by Bruno Kramm of Das Ich), Distorted Reality's debut, was just released in the United Stares in May, some of you may already own the German release from last year. Now, don't fret if you have the import, because you have several reasons to pick up the domestic version -- new remixes by Null Device, Assemblage 23, cut.rate.box, and Forma Tadre. Fifteen tracks in all with a little surprise at the end. What more could you ask for?

The music is both soothing and startling, a dichotomy not all together unexpected judging from the title of the disc. Martha's voice is resonant, sultry, emotional but edgy, and at times she seems to sing a lullaby until you're jolted back into your very own distorted reality with imperative and caustic songwriting. Although the album covers the typical emotional realm of love, loss and hope, the duo delivers it with precision, creativity and intensity. Martha's vocal intonations and accents on the beat work perfectly with the programming and the lyrics show a sophistication and maturity not often found in debut albums. The turn a few cliches on their heads, which is the mark of lyrical sweetness.

Fine Line effortlessly segues from gritty club tracks to melancholic synth dirges that Marthsa seems to navigate with extreme versatility and ease. Remixes from Noyce, Propaganda and Sabotage that appeared on the German version also appear on this release. The remixers both new and old, add a whole new dimension to the DR sound and are in general far more club-ready than the original tracks. But, that's expected.

It's an angry trip into the forlorn depths of the human psyche, but the sounds along the way are oh so beautiful. -- Nick Garland Industrial Nation's website

Outburn
FEMALE FRONTED ELECTRO INDUSTRIAL: Opening the album with tough industrialized beats, short electro blips, and stately synth washes, "Super Crush" introduces the industrial/EBM flavor of duo Martha M. Arce (Deep Red) and Christian Kobusch. Forming an American/German alliance back in 1997, Distorted Reality enlists the production talents of Das Ich's Bruno Kramm to helm this presentation of 15 electronically charged dance tracks. Using her clean and forceful vocal style that could have easily fronted some of the best '80s new wave bands, Arce sits back comfortably delivering poetically driven lyrics while Kobusch spins together keyboard driven compositions that are both dancefloor driven and ballad-like. Heart wrenching songs such as "Haunted," "You Want Me, You Hate Me," and the piano piece "Your Only Jewel" are gems among the dancefloor stomping originals offered among the many remixes. With contributions by Assemblage 23, Propaganda, Sabotage, Null Device, Noyce and Forma Tadre, there are only eight original songs on The Fine Line Between Love and Hate. This might have been a stronger album with a few more original songs and the remixes left for a second disc. Not to take away from the remixes, but the original versions are that much better, leaving the listener wishing that they could have had more. -- Joseph Graham Outburn's website

Collected Sounds
This has to be one of my favorite albums. Being a fan of Deep Red, Martha Arce's former band, I was eager to check out her newest adventure, Distorted Reality. And it was nothing less than amazing. From dance tracks, ballads, and everything in between, everyone can find something on this record that will cling to them.
My favorites include "Super Crush" and "Fever", and there are also remixes by Null Device, and Assemblage 23 among others.

By the conclusion of the album I was left wanting more. The bonus remixes do a great job of giving us something to look forward to.

Distorted Reality are definitely at the top of any list, so do yourself a favor and check out The Fine Line Between Love and Hate. - Sarah Bernardi of Collected Sounds


Dark Realms
The long awaited debut release from Distorted Reality has come about just in time for pumping up the dark dance heat for the coming summer months. The release takes songs of love, loss, longing, anger and betrayal and wraps them up in steady, infectious hypnotic beats that avoids sounding like a copy of anyone else on the market to date. Vocalist, Martha Arce, cloaks herself in a myriad of personalities, from the almost vindictive spurned woman in "Super Crush" to the hopelessly forlorn in tracks such as "In My Dream" and "Your Only Jewel." This release also boasts a number of remixes from Assemblage 23, Noyce, Propaganda, Cut.Rate.Box, Forma Tadra, Null Device, and Sabotage. Additionally, this was produced by Bruno Kramm (Das Ich). The timeless quality of songs dealing with relationships going wrong never sounded so good! --Mike Ventarola Dark Realm's website

GothicVixen.net
Side projects. If it were not for side projects, many a band would dissolve from the viral festering of creative-difference that occur when you get more than one creative type together in the same room.

Additionally, side projects can also be very useful as venture for building new chops in the case of instrumental performers ands singers seeking to explore the scope of their voice. Examples of successful side projects abound: Tool/A Perfect Circle, Yes/King Crimson and Ministry/Lard.

In some select cases the side project surpasses the artistry exhibited within the musician's primary group. Such is the case with Distorted Reality, featuring vocals and lyrics by Martha M. Arce (of Deep Red) and instrumental composition and arrangement by Christian Kobusch .

Founded in 1997, the two members began a tentative collaboration via email and phone that resulted in the creation of The Fine Line Between Love and Hate . Each track on the album exhibits traits of lavish from a five-year labor of love. The Fine Line Between Love and Hate is an instant classic album. Pop, Goth, Electronic... it is all here. Christian Kobusch has done an excellent job of choosing lush and innovative soundscapes that accentuate all of the remarkable vocal skills of Martha M. Arce. Arrangments are exemplary, fleeting between nineties EBM and eighties New Wave. Arce's vocals are found to be smooth, gritty, and ardent.

I was compelled by two tracks above others - the dynamically dance-driven push-pull relationship song "You Want Me, You Hate Me" and the demanding self-delusional trip of "In My Dream". Both have deep, meaningful lyrics, not to say that the other tracks do not as well, but these tracks are also accompanied with perfect pacing and superb hooks.

Distorted Reality have the live performance experience and the excellent compositional chemistry to stand out from the rest of the crowd. I highly recommend at least a listen to Distorted Reality tracks to hear for yourself this exquisite delicacy. You will not be disappointed. --Wa (Dead Poet's Society) GothicVIxen.net's website

Side-Line Magazine
I had been closely following this duo since their early demo work and I must say that I was delighted to hear that Christian Kobusch and Martha M. Arce (also know as lead singer in Deep Red) were about to release their debut album on Accession Records and most of all that they were recording it together with Bruno Kramm in the Danse Macabre studio! And for those who enjoyed their various compilation appearances, believe me, the new album versions literally beat my expectations! The electronic sequences sound far more powerful and compact, while the contrasting female vocals melody is reinforced to make a very lush and competent final result. Amongst the best tracks we of course find back the harsh "Super Crush", the tuneful "In My Dream" or yet the hot "Fever". (also note good bonus remixes by Propaganda, Noyce TM and Sabotage?) If upbeat dark electronics with strong female vox is your thing, you found in Distorted Reality the right line between love & hate. Check this one! (TSF:8) Side-Line Magazine's website

Starvox
In 2000, Nilaihah Records released a stellar dark dance compilation of up and coming artists. Since its release, most of the bands have garnered consistent accolades for their work. Distorted Reality was among the rising talents featured on this compilation with their hypnotic track "In My Dream."

Up to that point, Distorted Reality teased the psyches of underground music fans across the globe with featured tracks on a number of other compilation releases. Dj's responded favorably to their work and gave their early demo CD rotation and exposure via clubs as well as college and internet radio shows. Ironically, Distorted Reality isn't a band in the typical sense that we are familiar with.

Some years back, Martha Arce, who resides in the US and is also vocalist for the equally phenomenal band Deep Red, met musician Christian Kobusch, who resides in Germany. They maintained a networking correspondence and eventually discussed this endeavor as a collaborative project. Once they established a mutually creative wavelength, Arce began crafting lyrics while Kobusch constructed the musical work, ultimately resulting in this debut release.

The Fine Line Between Love and Hate is comprised of songs which deal with the many facets of love and loss. Although this isn't something new in the thematic sense, it is still a topic that is a happy medium that crosses all genres. At some point in time, we will all experience an assortment of similar feelings. What is new, however, is the tonal quality that is constructed to seem as though it is our subconscious coming to the forefront from the lyrical delivery. Arce's vocal ability carries with it a rather complex task. Although her work is within the dark dance/electronic realm, her sultry inflections and nuances have a dual role of providing an energetic impetus essential for club rotation while also touching us on an almost subliminally emotional level.

At the outset, the tracks may seem to be sung within the proper context of the musical rhythm. However, if you listen closely, it becomes evident how she gently weaves fireballs of emotion that are counterpointed by Kobusch's equally well orchestrated notes and inflections. Within the cofines of these songs, the listener is carried upon waves of anger, lust, loss, longing, lonliness, desperation, self-recrimination and survival.

As far as extremely talented vocalists, Arce joins the ranks of other impressive vocalists such as: Dru Allen (This Ascension), Christy Cameron Smith (My Scarlet Life), Lisa Hammer (Mors Syphilitica), Sue Hutton (Rhea's Obsession), Laurie Gordon (Chiwawa), Deborah Lynch (Ego Likeness), Julie Plante (Autumn), Monica Richards (Faith & The Muse), Christianna (Mephisto Walz), Heather Thompson (Tapping The Vein) and Ericah Hagle, Melody Henry & Natalia Lincoln (Unto Ashes). Each of these women possess the innate and uncanny ability to sculpt a song into a living entity. Their talent enables them to internally feel every nuance of a song, transcending mere vocal range, and deliver it to the audience in a tidal wave of emotive expression. Some may choose a favorite track based on its dance structure appeal.

Those with a more introsepctive leaning will find themselves gravitating towards the songs they need to feel in their lives at this moment in time. The timeless and enduring quality about this release is that it has the ability to follow us on our own internal and personal transitions.

Added to this are the remixes from a number of notable underground electronic artists, production assistance from Bruno Kramm and the mastering of The Azoic's Steve Laskarides, and one can venture that Distorted Reality is positioned to be the club hit over the coming Summer months and beyond. If dark dance music appeals to you, be sure to grab a copy of this gem! --(Mike Ventarola) Starvox's website

Rockezine
Rating: 8/10
This is the debut album of electro pop band DISTORTED REALITY; consisting of American lead singer Martha Arce (also the lead singer of Deep Red) and keyboard player Christian Kobusch from Germany, who together create excellent and accessible electro pop. The pleasant voice of Martha in combination with well-written compositions creates an album of high quality, dealing with the experiences during and after an emotional love affair. Feelings of desire, anger, lust, suspicion and grief are emotions that anyone should recognize. Although the album is definitely electro orientated, a lot of gothic rock/metal fans should also give this album a chance, because the song structures got some rock influences as well. Especially emotional, melancholic songs like "Haunted" (with a striking piano), the beautiful ballad "Your Only Jewel", and the almost Garbage-like "You Want Me, You Hate Me", the tension of "Sleeper Awaken" and the danceable electro of "Fieber" are worth mentioning. That the dance floor could be filled with this album, is thanks to the special remixes of "In My Dream" (by Propaganda), "Fear" (by Sabotage QCQC) and "Dance Factor" (by Noyce). --(Beautevil)

Gothic Paradise
Distorted Reality was originally formed in 1997 by Martha M. Arce from Miami, Florida, USA and Christian Kobusch from Bielefeld, Germany. This long-distance project is becoming more and more common these days as collaberations over the internet and in other ways take place as the technology evolves. Needless to say, it's taken five years for the first full-length album by this group to be released on Accession Records.

Since their formation, they've appeared on a number of compilations and have started to receive some worldwide recognition through these works. Now that a full-length album has been released, I'm sure that we'll see more of this attention in magazines, radio shows and clubs all over the world.

For those familiar with the Florida-based Electro-Goth band Deep Red, Martha's voice will also be familiar. Distorted Reality is much more an EBM/Synth project combining driving club beats with synth loops and solos as well as other electronic music elements.

Combining driving club beats, various electronic elements, ethereal orchestration and female vocals, this album contains 14 great tracks. It's no wonder that Accession Records picked up this band for their label. It should also be noted that Bruno Kramm plays a role in the production of this album, which is very high quality.
Most of the album portrays the driving danceable tracks like my favorite and the opening track "Super Crush". This track distorts the vocals a bit and is a definite club hit. But not all tracks are hard-driving club-oriented tracks. Many are more mid-tempo and down-tempo tracks including the very beautiful "Your Only Jewel". "You Want Me. You Hate Me." and "Fear" exhibit a bit more of the harder edge with the latter mixing in some grinding guitar and other edgy elements.

While this album has great tracks, nice features mixed in the music, lyrics and vocals, it also includes some good remixes. Featuring remixes by Propaganda, Sabotage QCQC and Noyce. With all of these elements that contribute to a great recording, nice packaging with a 12-page booklet containing lyrics, credits and some nice art on the front, I can easily give this a 4 out of 5 rating. Gothic Paradise's website

Nocturnal Movements
Distorted Reality's latest release is a phenomenal work from Martha Arce (formerly of Deep Red) and Christian Kobush, and produced by Bruno Kramm (of Das Ich). This U.S. release contains 15 Tracks. For fans of this band who already own the German version of this CD, this release contains new remixes in addition to the original tracks. This CD contains three versions of the club hit "Super Crush", remixed by Cut Rate Box and Null Device. In addition to that club anthem, "You Want Me You Hate Me" is remixed by Assemblage 23. The spellbinding voice of the talented Martha Arce provides a enchanting vocals to the emotional and intelligent lyrics. While Christian creates the beautiful electro-synth melodies from his excellent programming and the combination of the remixes on this album makes it club ready. This is a must-have for fans of powerful, intelligent female vocals as heard in Android Lust, and for fans of more ethereal sensitivity as heard in This Ascension, or the strong emotional dance music form -- DJ Kreeepy Krawly, Nocturnal Movements

Gothic Beauty
The alluring Martha Arce and the talented Christian Kobusch have a new release to share with us entitled The Fine Line Between Love and Hate. Its 15 tracks include remixes by Assemblage 23 and Null Device, just to name a few. Now, how could you go wrong with that? Well, you can't. This album thumps and burns its way along through hit after hit. Any one of these songs could have people writhing in smoke-machined black light rooms on industrial nights anywhere. Martha is an amazing singer. Whereas most singers referred to as "amazing" are merely demonstrating their vocal range gifts, Martha just plain sounds "damn good!". Paired up with Christian's exceptional electronic arrangements, and you have many star-struck fans in one shot. I could almost describe them as an industrial variant of "Berlin," but somehow that doesn't quite do it justice. Hear it for yourself at their website -- Poseidon of Gothic Beauty Magazine

The City Morgue
During the demise of the Florida darkwave act, Deep Red, lead singer Martha Arce formed Distorted Reality with Christian Kobusch from Germany. After a slew of compilation appearances comes their debut album, "The Fine Line Between Love and Hate." This project could best be described as sounding quite similar to their label mates, The Azoic, with a bit more twitter and crunch. I imagine their producer - Bruno Kramm of Das Ich, devised some of their sound. His solo material has some sonic similarity to this fledgling band. Moments like "Super Crush," "Fever," and "You Want Me, You Hate Me" have the dance momentum of futurepop, with a tinge of goth rock and industrial. For those expecting something with the electronic ethereal flavor found in Martha"s project, there are pieces similar to her former band, such as "Drop" and "Haunted." However, this is certainly an album with a direction pointed towards a frenetically charged dance floor. As an added bonus, Distorted Reality's debut includes six remixes from some rather known acts. Assemblage 23 turn in an incredibly toe-tapping remix of "You Want Me, You Hate Me," while the formed eighties act, Propaganda, give their synthpop touch to the gossamer "In My Dream." In my opinion, Noyce™ eclipse both of these contributions with their tellingly-named remix "Dance Factor," which takes the pounding "Hate Factor" and lays the emphasis on the rhythm. Meanwhile, Forma Tadre swerve in the opposite direction with their contribution of a landscape of break beats and mood that once was "Fever." There is also a snippet of a remix of "Super Crush" by cut.rate.box, but according to the liner notes, their computer died and lost most of the track. It's a shame, as the teaser is good enough to be annoyingly abrupt when it suddenly fades out within only a minute.

"The Fine Line..." is an immediately catchy release. If one enjoyed the last The Azoic's "Forward...," I cannot imagine them not loving Distorted Reality. While I personally wish Kramm's production induced a bit more of the trademark "Das Ich" symphonic crunch to this dark dance project, it is quite entertaining - even though it does sound a touch familiar. -- Vladimir McNeally, The City Morgue

In Music We Trust
Distorted Reality's latest release is a phenomenal work from Martha Arce (formerly of Deep Red) and Christian Kobush, and produced by Bruno Kramm (of Das Ich). This U.S. release contains 15 Tracks. For fans of this band who already own the German version of this CD, this release contains new remixes in addition to the original tracks. This CD contains three versions of the club hit "Super Crush", remixed by Cut Rate Box and Null Device. In addition to that club anthem, "You Want Me You Hate Me" is remixed by Assemblage 23. The spellbinding voice of the talented Martha Arce provides a enchanting vocals to the emotional and intelligent lyrics. While Christian creates the beautiful electro-synth melodies from his excellent programming and the combination of the remixes on this album makes it club ready.

This new CD by Distorted Reality is a must-have for fans of powerful, intelligent female vocals as heard in Android Lust, and for fans of more ethereal sensitivity as heard in This Ascension, or the strong emotional dance music form Phoenix/Nebulin. RANKING: 4 out of possible 5 -- DJ Kreepy Krawly

Wrapped in Wire
Distorted Reality is the EBM/electro-pop duo Martha M. Arce and Christian Kobusch. This full-length debut for the band is a collection of demo tracks, new songs and remixes. The sound presented here is very similar to their label mates The Azoic. Basically, this is energetic electronic music with female vocals. There's still not a lot of EBM bands with strictly female singers, so it's a rare treat when a band like Distorted Reality comes along. This CD does an excellent job of offering a lot of variety. There's upbeat club hits as well as dark melodic songs. The electronic programming is nicely layered with a lot happening in it. There's various electro sounds everywhere along with heavy bass beats and beautiful melodies. Martha has a seductive voice and sings extremely well with a lot of range. One of my only complaints with this CD is that there's too many remixes. Seven to be exact. While I like a couple of remixes at the end of an album as bonus tracks, I don't like when they take up half the album like they do here. Also, the remixes on this CD are scattered everywhere. While the remixes are good, I don't like to hear the same song I just listened to a couple of tracks back over again so soon even if it's a remix. But this is a minor gripe since every song delivered on this CD is great. As much as I enjoy this CD, a lot of the songs were also on their demo. So I look forward to their next full-length release that will contain all new songs, and hopefully less remixes.-Darklight, Wrapped in Wire

Re>gen Magazine
Distorted Reality's most recent work, "The Fine Line Between Love and Hate" is one of mixed sounds. The music is 100% EBM-based while the alternating male and female vocals hearken to a more gothic sound as each note sang is echoed and elongated slightly. This interbreeding of genres creates a perfect sound that will most likely be able to cross genres and will appeal to many people with different tastes. The album's theme of love and hate is tried and true, and is also one of the best forms of emotionally driven music because we have all experienced both love and hate so we can take something away from music that focuses on these themes. This album is charged with powerful dance tracks such as "You Want Me, You Hate Me (Split)," which is a remix by Assemblage 23. This track contains lots of intermingling and layered synthesizers and a non-stop rhythm suitable for clubs everywhere. Other picks of the album include the Noyce remixed "Dance Factor" and the more gothic inspired "Haunted," which contains a slowed down beat and airy synths. There is also a partial remix on this album of "Super Crush," by Cut.Rate.Box that is incomplete due to a computer crash. To show their gratitude and respect for their fellow musicians, Distorted Reality kept what was salvageable and left it on the album. From the sounds of it, it was a damn good mix! An album with multiple facets such as this is one that will be remembered for years to come as not only a great album to groove to, but a piece of emotional work that touched or inspired its listeners. This is one that you really need to try out.-Pitchfork, Re>gen Magazine

Synthpop.net
This is the US release of the debut album for Distorted Reality, including more remixes than the European version that was released by Accession Records. The US release was on Nilaihah Records in 2003, and includes new remixes added to the album by Assemblage 23, Null Device, Froma Tadre, and a excerpt from a remix by cut.rate.box. The reason the cut.rate.box remix is only an excerpt is that a computer crash destroyed all completed copies of the remix, and we are presented with all that was left of the remix.

To be honest, the first song I ever heard from this band was almost the last. I first heard "Super Crush" on a compilation a long time back, and I was less than impressed, to say the least. That it started off the album wasn't very encouraging to me, but I'm glad I stuck with the album. The song is very sharp and harsh, but the thing that appealed the least to me about the song was the heavy distortion used on the vocals during the chorus. That just failed to appeal to me at all. Actually, the first track that really stood out to me wasn't one of the remixes. "In My Dream" is an extremely well-written and executed track. It doesn't hurt that it has a very, very catchy melody, either. "Dance Factor" was a neat song, I really liked some of the more metallic sounding effects in this remix, but I would have liked to have the original version on the disc to compare it to. Still, it's another impressive track.

The remix of "In My Dream" didn't start off well, with an intro that threatened a generic annoying trance-ifyed remix. It's only about a minute in that the bassline becomes familiar and I could really begin to get into the mix. After that it's enjoyable, but that intro needs trimming. The remix by cut.rate.box sounds promising, but since only this minute long clip survives, we'll never know what the full track might have been like. "Your Only Jewel" is a slow, tender and pain-filled song. Easily the best slow song on the album, very emotional and powerful. Great stuff.

However, there were several songs that were neither particularly outstanding or particularly poor. "Drop", "Haunted", the un-remixed (and remixed.. yes, you read that right, I wasn't that impressed with the A23 remix here.. pretty blah) versions of "You Want Me, You Hate Me", and "Fever" are all songs that are somewhat enjoyable, but just not strong enough to pull back for many repeat listens.

While Distorted Reality has some very high-quality material here, it's mixed in with lesser material. I can tell that Distorted Reality is a very talented band with a very promising future, and I can see why the band has garnered the attention it has.. but this debut album still shows too many rough edges. I'm fully confident, though, that the upcoming second album (January 2005) will show this band in top form, with all the bugs worked out....
-- Jason Baker for Synthpop.net

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