Project Juggernaut: Ink Sonata

The long awaited new album from Canadian industrial metal band Project Juggernaut is not for those with a weak backbone. Scared of what creeps in your personal dark and reluctant to explore your own shadows, then stay clear as Ink Sonata goes there and beyond across its fourteen intrusive and challenging at times nasty lingering soundscapes. The album opens the doors to their and your demons with sounds as malicious and conniving as the presences whispering malcontent from the dark. Simply it is an outstanding pit borne storm of destructive and inciteful blackened imagination.

Ink Sonatais not an easy listen from beginning to end but it is fully rewarding and one of the most exciting industrial

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releases to emerge this year. It tests the senses with the clear intent to awaken and ignite emotions and thoughts which should lay dormant, the striking and violating sounds spawn from the darkest breath and passions. The follow up to Technoir of 2010, the new album finds the band evolved not only in quality and songwriting but in their ability to twist and wind up the psyche with blistered and captivating invention. It is an album you will remember if not for any particular track or moment but for its persistent and fully expansive manipulation of your emotions.

Since forming in 2009 the London Ontario trio of vocalist Jay Cromie, Jeremy Chaulk (The Vaya Project) on programming, and guitarist RobbieK, have brought distinct elements of industrial, electro, and metal into a maelstrom of inventive and dehabilitating emotional riots brought with a melodic scorching. The new album finds them with a deeper caustic touch and vindictive nature and is quite glorious leading one to declare as much as previous work was impressive it pales next to Ink Sonata.

The album unleashes the darkness from the first notes of opener God Less, the track enveloping with a shadowed awakening and electric scuzzy energy which sears the ear immediately. Once the vocals of Cromie surge with annihilatory intent the track just grasps the senses with a devious yet enlightening ambience, even if it is into shadows best left untouched. With serpentine whispers and scathing electronics scraping every cell it is an epic start. It is not particularly catchy it any point but wholly infectious throughout like the strongest most dehabilitating virus.

The great start is elevated with the excellent Psychotic. The song treats the ear with a guitar beckoning at first which as beats and subdued vocal inserts fill the air leads like a piper into the heart of the track. The song then sends eruptions of a raging disturbed mind/energy cascading through the senses matched by the anthemic pull of its chorus and ruptured sensibility in the teasing probing electro additives. It all leads to one to wonder if such poison should be so irresistible, the album continually gives its indisputable answer.

Across the release some tracks emerge with a greater hold on the heart than others though never is there a moment when things slip below the initial high quality, either matching or rising beyond. Songs like the filth caked rocker Dirty Sister and the spiteful Lemon Face take one down vindictive corridors to test the evil and tolerance of thought and emotions. They are insistently provocative and ensure the journey is treacherous to sanity and heart but are a rewarding match to the more accessible songs, if one can use such a word on such an overall hellacious masterpiece.

Sahara all shadowed Eastern promise and sinister fascination is a song which ignites one of the hottest fires within. Hypnotically beautiful whilst criminally abusive the track is a murderous gem which alone shows how much stronger the band has ignited their cruellest and most mesmeric creative fire. To be fair every song deserves a mention such the quality and invention they offer. A deeply diverse and perpetually twisting animal beneath its exacting surface, Ink Sonata never for an instant leaves one sidetracked by outside interference with each visit to its black heart more revealing and rewarding.

Tracks like the aural emotional toxin Abuse, the acidic warmth fuelled title track, and the colossal brute that is Daedalus, all leave one gasping for air beneath their stunning enterprise and intensity whilst Open My Eyes is just magnetic malevolence and a definite favourite.

Project Juggernaut has returned with their finest hour and a major addition to the genre which leaves many other releases quaking in their wake. Ink Sonata is a quite delicious masterful ruin of your mind and emotions. Who knew abuse could be this brilliant.

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Illustrial: Eloquently Violent

Fuelled by emotional shadows and darkened energy the new album from UK electronic/darkwave project Illustrial brings forth a reflective journey born of its creator whilst being the inspirer of personal involvement and feelings. Eloquently Violent is an album which offers a journey through heartbreak, inner loneliness, and slightly destructive dark essences of life. It is vibrant though bringing as much hope as resignation to evoke thoughts and feelings which all can interpret to their own struggles and blistered highlights.

Formed in 2006, Illustrial is the solo electronic project of Baz Badrock (aka Neformore). Early EP Discipline the Devil’s Country drew good responses to the project though it was with the link up with London-based artist Strobegirl a more concentrated attention came their way through songs Don’t Look Back and a cover of California Dreaming. 2010 saw the Genesis EP to be followed a year later by third EP Darkness Falls and a returning full collaboration with Strobegirl on the enthusiastically received album Glitter and Twisted. The same year also saw Badrock team up with another vocalist on two songs Lost City Ghosts and Dream again to very favourable responses. Eloquently Violent is the first full length solo release from Illustrial and easily marks itself from the outstanding sleeve artwork from OneTwoTree Designs through to the sounds within as the best individual and mature work the artist has produced.

The album opens with Xciter, a pulsating electro pop dazzle upon the ear. It has a definite early Fad Gadget feel to its air without arguably the pop infectiousness but is still a satisfying treat. As with the majority of his songs Badrock brings a minimalistic presence to the track allowing its ambient whispers and atmosphere to give service to the passion and emotive heart. The original intent for the album was for guest vocalists on some of the songs but as the release developed Badrock fell into an ease and rapport with the music and his own style to end up taking on the role himself. The opener shows it was not a bad move and again offers up the Frank Tovey comparison here and at varied times during the album.

Heartbeat follows and is a more reserved manipulation of electronic weaves. It brings splintered pulses and fractured melodic twists and only really finds a full appeal when it raises its temperature through an eager and driven energetic surge. It is still a strong and appealing song though showing the variety to the album as well as a firm yet rippling consistency which never leaves one drifting elsewhere in attention.

The title track has a similar feel and intent as its predecessor though seemingly carries a more personal heart for more intensity which ignites further the searchlights of melodic enterprise. It is quite mesmeric as it envelopes the year and continues the strong start commendably. Coming in its wake though is Tribal Dance which did not failed to inspire similar responses though it is as much down to expectations from the title than the composition itself. Expecting something primitive in energy and raw the track is a quiet and one means quiet, measure of beats and electronic whispers. It feels like an interlude to be honest but with a beefier production would probably have made a bigger impression.

From here on in the album brings a fine mix of ideas, textures, and sounds, from the sultry Gothic Fantasy and wonderfully distressing aural violation of My Distortion on to the likes of the New Order influenced The Silence and the haunting darkness that is Dark Night Of The Soul. The release consistently treats the senses to invention and imagination and though at times this exploration does not always quite come off as well as in other parts but it is never less than intriguing.

The latter half of the album unveils further thoughtful and evocative songs as the sinister Horrorgasm alongside the melodic caress of Breeze which inspire responsive feelings to the aural triggers. Eloquently Violent is an album which graces with expressive and satisfying sonic tapestries for the ear to immerse within. It maybe is lacking a raw edge and anger at times to break up the unerring shadowed smooth fondling of the ear but it is a release which effortlessly leaves one in thought and reflection.

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