Hammer (Germany), November 2003
What is amazing about this trio is that all of their songs can be played on commercial radio. Central figure of UTE is their singer Dawn whose voice is a mix of Shirley Manson (Garbage) and Doro Pesch. Together with her 2 bandmates they play modern Hard Rock, which is tuned up with some electronic elements, but in principle is based on traditional structures. From soft cuddle-up-songs to rough butt-kickers UNITING THE ELEMENTS (short UTE) can play all variety of their genre. Since their formation in Spring 2001 UTE have played over 200 concerts and have toured the UK and the US. This trio owns a lot of potential, not only in respect of being commercial. Nobody should be surprised when UTE is climbing up the Charts
Da Capo (Germany), October 2003
With uncounted Airplay on numerous Radiostations around the globe and well known to a selected fancommunity UTE now want to draw the industries` attention on them with their album V.I.P. Survivor. It could work, cause their conglomerate from Garbage to Guano Apes or the legendary Lee Aaron has a sweet nuance and changeable arrangements. Their spectrum reaches from going-under-your-skin-ballads like I Will find A Way over industrial Songs to classical Rocksongs.
Metal Inside (Germany), September 2003
UTE are two guys (Guitars Ola, Drums Philipp) as well as Singer Dawn who have played their asses off on 200 concerts over the last two years including extended Tours through the UK and the USA, while especially in the US they had a lot of Airplay and received positive feedback from the local press. Equiped with the right portion of self-confidence UTE at present sell their self recorded art, e.g. Set It Out, which includes 11 tracks and represents the bands creative status. UTE deliver a mix of Nu-Metal, light industrial tones and even Hip-Hop and EBM, but above it all a great portion of Poprock.This rock-pop style mixed with the voice of the exceptional readhead singer Dawn pushes their sound into the style of Garbage (in their better times). They can hardly be put into a drawer. Extremely successful is In Love with Your Enemy (with a great touch of pop the right stuff for radio), the energetic Evil Yvonne, the main Track Set It Out and the yearning ballad I Will Find A Way. The music changes as well as Dawn´s voice, between all colours of emotions and styles, but stays to the thread. The bands future looks extremely positive UTE will be on a US Tour in fall and are looking forward to their label debut. I am convinced that UTE will go their way.
Glass Eye (USA), November 2002
I give you every adolescent boys wet dream - UTE , a German industrial band with a pop flair and a sultry female vocalist thats hotter than R. Kellys greatest video moments! Since spring of 2001, this German band has been touring non-stop, getting heavy airplay and receiving rave reviews all over Europe. Theyre like the love child of Shirley Manson and Trent Reznor, and this, their first full-length CD, is a breath of fresh air into the stale, normally male-dominated genre. Singer Dawn, the seemingly schizophrenic siren, switches from sexy girl-next-door whispers to serial-killer sweetheart screams faster than you can say "hot German love" over an opus of crushing guitars, heavy digital effects, driving rock beats, and thumping bass lines. If you cant find Black Rain in stores yet, stop by their website and check out their free download section or try and catch them on their first US tour, kicking off in Maryland this fall.
Blacksheep (Switzerland), November 2002
Uniting the Elements are immune against being praised by the international Music Press. Though these newcomers have a reason not to be. They succeeded to get on numerous playlists all over the world without having a record deal. Everything started when Philipp went to the local post office to buy some stamps and sent the CD all over the planet. With our music we wanted to reach as many people as possible. And the small radiostations, not influenced by the commercial market, can bring those titbits to the surface. The band is already seen as a serious counterpart to Garbage. You understand when you had the chance to see them on one of their swiss concerts. The similarity of singer Dawn and gabagediva Shirley Manson is amazing. With her eccentric performance she filled her audiences at home and abroad with enthusiasm. Just like the garbagediva chameleon Dawn knows how to use her voice and it is considerable. In INSIDE THE WAVE she sounds like the shy lament of an elf and in IT`S OVER she lets her rage explode. Still UTE do not want to be seen as a Garbage copy. The sound of their latest album BLACK RAIN reminds of Guano Apes and the industrial metal of Nine Inch Nails. The skilled musicians combine Nu Metal with elements of Hip Hop and the charme of contemporary pop. That is the bands recipe of success. They are on their way to the top. Songs like the industrial EVIL YVONNE are polished and hit the nerve of time. It is not surprising that some of the biggest US radiostations have put the album BLACK RAIN on their playlists. Enough reasons to make the step to the US. Just having returned from a 4 week UK Tour the band is working on their 3 week US Tour in November. Keep your ears peeled of them.....
Fatal Underground (Germany), August 2002
Here is a german band that also plays heavy stuff but connects their style with pop and hip hop. This Munich based group with the outrageous singer Dawn can easily push other acts with similar musical ingredients aside. On this record nearly every song is ready for airplay believe it or not! I do prefer their music to the rubish that is normally played on the radio you can hear the enthusiasm of the musicians.
Ultimate Sinn (Belgium), December 2001
"At the end of this CD I could only think of one thing : Dawn is a star as the redheaded diva of this German rock band not only has the looks of Shirley Manson of Garbage but on a song like "Seasons" she uses the same voice Shirley was giving us on songs like "I think I'm paranoid". But mind you, they're more than just Garbage-copyists. In fact Uniting The Elements are the sort of band who could be stars everywhere because they have a sort of universal language that can be described as melodic alternative pop with balls. Even when opening song "Illuminate" was giving me the idea that I was dealing with a so
rt of Guano Apes-type of band this soon changed when I heard the varied stuff they were coming up with and even if the guys themselves are talented enough to do lots of several things (closing song "Who I am" sounded quite Nine Inch Nails-like) it was once again chameleon Dawn who was responsible for the very strong stuff this German band are having, cos she might seem sweet at the first look but she can sing as psychotic as Lene Lovich or that other german popdiva Nina Hagen. So far Uniting the elements can be heard on several American radiostations and in some moments they even will working together with an American management-team so it definitely is a band that has the highest expectations for themselves and that's how it has to be cos bands have to believe in themselves or why else are they recording music for?
Music Monthly (USA), November 2001
Uniting The Elements is a new local act featuring explosive new music that combines the essential charm of pop with urban hip-hop beats and phat flavor. Made up of Dawn (vocals), Philipp (drums) and Ola (guitars), UTE have been enthusiastically embraced by fans of their progressive sound in recent concerts. In addition, the band has no less than four songs that have appeared on several U.S. radio stations, and they have been getting positive press both here and abroad.