God Destruction – Novus Ordo Seclorum

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Having preyed upon and traumatised the world with their richly acclaimed and exceptional debut album Illuminatus two years ago, Mexican provocateurs God Destruction return with its successor Novus Ordo Seclorum. It has been a battle to bring the release to bear upon the senses, the demise of their previous label an imposing obstacle, but finally the insidious collection of dark and intensive anthems for the soul and psyche has been unleashed to the continue the impressive emergence of the band. Darker, intently more venomous, and arguably even more viciously intimidating than its predecessor, the album infests the trio’s industrial and harsh EBM sound with a black metal rapacity which infects and enflames the senses and imagination voraciously. It is another uncompromisingly thrilling and hostile proposition which without surpassing the previous release sits potently alongside its stature.

Consisting of Imperor, Charles Black, and Muteitor, the 2009 formed band as expected explores the most primal and vindictive sounds within the new release’s satanic themed tracks. The album exudes a constant pressure and gripping irritant on the senses, each song crowding the listener with ravenous and at times concussive waves of sound and ideation which exhaust as they spark ears and imagination into willing submission. It is a mighty and riveting encounter but one which suffers from a meandering and at times potency defusing mix from Mario Carrasco (SIN DNA). There are certain tracks where clarity is smothered in a distorted touch which corrupts the quality of the song within though the strength of the songs always wins through.

The Juggernaut Music Group release opens with New World Order and immediately has ears wrapped in a predatory sonic provocation veined by a sample of Middle Eastern suggestiveness. The track instantly surveys the climate of the world with its initial seconds, beats a menacing incitement to the vocal suasion flirting with thoughts. Eventually the track explodes into a tsunami of electronic enticement bred in inhospitable breath, where it shows itself to suffer from the awkward mix, though maybe the warped sound and touch is intentional. Nevertheless the track continues to swarm around the senses, its melodic and sonic appetite entangled for a scorched and acidic enterprise. It is not a startling start to the album but one rigidly gripping attention and appetite which I’m Your God and especially Bellum capitalise on. The first of the pair also takes a mere second to intrigue and grab the imagination, its initial heavy emotive keys a classical lure into the waiting arms of abrasing electro caustic and punishing beats. The song proceeds to leer at and climb over emotions with its demonic intent and the equally serpentine vocals, exposing them to its treacherously seductive heart before making way for the album’s best moment. Bellum is a bordering on sadistic provocateur from the first intensive scrub of riffs and electronic scowling. Antagonistic rhythms join the corrosive mix swiftly after as the track blossoms into a twisted tempest of deranged electronics, warped guitar endeavour, and again that irrepressible erosive vocal presence which marks out the band as pleasingly as its sound. The track is scintillating, a traumatic blend of metal and industrial antipathy soaked in epic drama and climactic atmospheres.

The dangerous air and sonic swing of Disintegrator comes next, its lures as infectious and crystalline as they are caustic before making way for a cover of the Marilyn Manson track Angel With The Scabbed Wings. The encounter coveris another crawl through the psyche, the band employing the prime essences of the track’s creator and twisting them into an impervious fiendish temptation which impresses far more than expected. It is a richly appetising baiting which is matched by the following Prominent Darkness. The slow predation which marked the previous track is again the formidable gait and intent of the song, its thick toxicity an oppressive weave of electronic sultriness and emotive storming spiked with industrial unpredictability and melodic crooning.   Through the despotic Destroyer with its patchwork of bad blooded invention of sound and climactic provocation, and the similarly structured Satan’s Storm, the album persists in its riveting exploration and diabolical persuasion. The latter is toxic bait for the dance floor which works as easily on feet as it does emotions, though it is soon lost in the shadow of the excellent Revolution. The track drives an industrial demanding through ears with its first gasp of sonic breath, keys and guitars rippling with primal rabidity as the vocals spill an officious rancor with every syllable. It is an exhilarating assault which only elevates it’s tempting with disorientating shards and splinters of ear bending and unpredictable ingenuity. The track is sensational and stands beside Bellum as a pinnacle.

Touched By Lvcifer rises from a minimalistic coaxing into a roaring ferocity of sound and emotional spite to sear body and soul before the demonstrative Doomsday parades its own distinct ravaging with magnetic shafts of melodic and scarring electronic beguiling. Both leave hunger greedier whilst Regresus Diaboli provides a lingering manipulation of senses and emotions with its transfixing and fascinating tide of searing sonic elegance and rhythmic grudging, all as ever lorded over by the Luciferian vocals.

Completed by the C-Lekktor Remix of Touched By Lvcifer, as well as the Esquizofrenia Viral and Satanized By Alien Vampires remixes of Regresus Diaboli, the album is another inescapable and increasingly impressive violation from God Destruction. It does have that issue with its mix but again the band has cast songs which simply corrupt and ignite for the fullest invigorating pleasure, Novus Ordo Seclorum returning the band to the frontline of corruptive ingenuity once again.

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8/10

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Electric Breathing – Sweet Violence

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     Going straight for the throat from its opening moments and never removing its antagonistic bared teeth from there on in, Sweet Violence the new album from German electronic predator Electric Breathing is one of those scintillating releases which you do not really realise just how good it is until lying in its wake, reflecting in your own fevered waste. The ten track fury is a breath-taking, senses violating tempest of industrial, techno, and harsh ebm goodness or should that be pestilence? Nevertheless it is one invigorating voracious fire of sonic contempt and carnivorous passion soaked in a melodic toxicity you just cannot switch off from.

    Electric Breathing is the solo project of Göttingen artist Maik Grohs, and Sweet Violence his fourth full-length rampage into the psyche. Since starting up in 2006, the band has captured strong, if not yet widespread, attention for its unorthodox sequencing and unrelenting aggression. The new album takes it to another level, merging that predatory stance and invention with an urgent techno seeded energy, the result an invasive proposition which snarls and seduces with rigorous voracity in both. Released via Juggernaut Music Group digitally and for the first time for the band, on CD which is limited to just 50 copies, Sweet Violence attacks the world and its political agenda with the tenacity and aggression of a tornado.

     Blindfold kicks off the storm, low lying atmospheric coaxing and shards of electro tempting merging into a flume of sonic persistence for a restrained yet imposing invitation. Soon the song is striding with rhythmic muscles pushing air and intensely heated flames of electronic persuasion searing the senses. The pressure is increased once the caustic tones of Grohs unleash the start of a vitriolic narrative, his delivery varied as if from two sources and as magnetic as the nagging sounds around him. It is a rousing of the imagination and passions providing an exhaustive and inventive confrontation to devour with greed.

   As soon as the opener departs a teasing electro beckoning marks the arrival of Suck It Dry, again a song which is in no rush to explode in the ears but keen to offer a menace and pressure to keep an already bred hungry appetite awake and impatiently waiting. There is a harsher industrial intent to the track which is tempered by the melodic acidity spearing the prowling thrust of the encounter. Having pressed and niggled submission into place, the song than explodes into a contagious toxicity of imagination and sound which is as anthemic as it is inventively twisted. It launches the album up another level, a height reinforced right away with the following title track. The third song from a great agitated and unsettling opening stretch relaxes into an incendiary antagonistic stance with sounds and lyrical incitement to match. Like its predecessor the track easily recruits the listener into its anthem like attack, thoughts and emotions forcibly engaged and willing from start to riotous finish.

    An insidious vocal attack leads the thrust of No Sense, No Solution, No Way Out next; rasping serpentine squalls and spoken malice drenched provocation driving the sonic web of intrusive rabidity through the ears.  The track also unveils a sirenesque vocal call to seduce the imagination mid-stream into the torrential flood of riveting electro spite. Not as strong as the previous trio, the track certainly ignites a greed for its offering whilst its successor Brain Reset exploits that need with its bright and vivacious electronic waltz within the clutches of a hostile industrial climate. Again using that irresistible vocal bait within its enthralling enterprise the track leaves satisfaction overfed if passions like its predecessor not quite inflamed.

    That early plateau is unreservedly returned to with the next couple of tracks, first up through the demonically sculpted seduction of The Devils Whore. Warning calls and industrial sirens punctuate the incendiary sonic cyclone whilst scorching acid bred melodies entwine around the ferocious animation of song and energy. There is also a punk like brawl to the heart of the proposition which only increases the depth of it textures and malignancy. It is a scintillating conflict but soon left in the shade of Lord’s Prayer. From its first vibrating bounce of rhythmic enticement the song unleashes a mouthwatering twisted and persistently shifting intimidation of sound and vocal rancor, but within a stimulus of transfixing invention and unbridled experimentation. The song never stands still, every second leading into new ventures which barely get repeated across its sensational and imagination drenched charge. It is easily the best track on the release despite being amongst so many which would easily steal the spotlight in any other release.

    The only draw-back about the sonic alchemy that is Lord’s Prayer is that the still impressive and pleasing MK Ultra and Psycho In Me have too much to contend with as a comparison and ultimately suffer, though both, and certainly the first, also lack the spark and toxicity to launch the emotions as those first few songs. All the same both are ravenous protagonists with vitality and invention which grabs attention with an inspiring craft ensuring a full recommendation is the only course.

     The album comes to a close with the violence and ominous conclusion of Beautiful Sacrifice, the track a savage yet enchanting mesh of sonic beauty and rhythmic barbarism. Exhaustingly unrelenting with a pulsating fermentation of anger and venom within a bloody melodic blizzard, it is a towering end to a thoroughly compelling and destructive triumph. Sweet Violence is addictive and anthemic musically and in its invention; undeniably one of the early major releases in electronic/industrial music. Electric Breathing is a project which you know will only get stronger, a thrilling thought.

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9/10

RingMaster 14/02/2014

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Cynical Existence – Beholder EP

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With the creative dust of last album Come Out And Play still filling the air in the wake of its release in February, industrial/harsh EBM project Cynical Existence has decided it is time to up the ante and unleash new EP Beholder. Usually you would suggest a band should allow an album to drain all of the acclaim and recognition it deserves before tempting the world with the next release but such the fire and immense step forward in the new EP there is no such sense here. The six track release makes a scintillating companion to the excellent album but at the same time shows that the invention and creativity of Fredrik Croona has already found and explored a deeper darker plateau to take his project to new expansive realms.

As most are probably aware now, Cynical Existence began as a solo project for ex- Project Rotten founder/vocalist Croona who also is the former vocalist of dark electro/industrial act Menschdefekt. Initially just an experiment, the project fuelled itself with the aural invention of the man into a real musical proposition. The excellent 2012 EP A Familiar Kind of Pain instantly setting a place for the band at the head table of the industrial/ebm underground reinforced later in the same year by the following EP Ruined Portrait. It was Come Out And Play though which merged earlier tracks and more recent ones to set a benchmark by which we would grade subsequent releases from Croona. Now with the addition of Steve Alton of UK project System:FX in the studio on guitar in the line-up, Cynical Existence has not only met the bar but surpassed it whilst venturing into another striking depth of exploration.

Opening track The Mindless Filth in many ways is a bridge between releases, its contagious rigid beats and compelling electro

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weaves a resonating and thumping puppet master for limbs and emotions demanding dancefloor attention. It has a foot in the infectious commanding call of the last album and its wealth of insatiable board treading irresistibility but equally is set in what emerges in the new release as darker more intense shadowed textures. The variety of vocal from Croona hints at depths within song and release yet to be trodden whilst his synths light the way with acidic radiance and rhythmic temptation. It is a mighty start if arguably what you would expect in quality and direction from the man though he soon sets thoughts facing new ventures with its successor.

Mardröm, meaning nightmare in Swedish, lays down a web of sinister ambience and crystalline electro hints to tempt in thoughts and emotions, its atmosphere sinister and under a veil of shadows before sonic shafts of light break through their cover. Opening up its sinews to their fullest length the oppressive dark corners crowd in to accentuate the elegance and potency of the synths whilst the brewing dark forces seemingly at play with the vocals from Croona, sung in his native tongue, add to the black edged mystique and latent venom prowling the scene. The cleaner delivery alongside the regular rasping serpentine tone of his vocals and the caustic sonic winds which slowly embrace the ear bring further uncertainty to the dangerous atmosphere eventually making the persuasion, and add to the riveting intrigue of the excellent track.

The outstanding Hail To The King Baby takes over next and elevates things to yet another level of pleasure and invention. Initialising attention with computer game teasing and atmosphere, which continues throughout with samples from Duke Nukem also employed, the track is an unrelenting ride through corridors of impending walls and hidden intimidation, its ride twisting and turning down avenues of sonic and melodic enterprise. Imagine games where you are on a constant run and are persistently changing direction to face more options and suspected dangers, like life really, this track is the equivalent with its imagination.

The Beginning Of The End continues the striking height of its predecessor, firstly by knocking at the ear with a hollow like voice to its call and then by reaping the seeds of those earlier nightmares to breed a wash of rhythmic provocation and evocative melodic intrusion, the haunting consumption seducing and threatening every pore and thought whilst the beats tease and taunt the whole intimidation. The guitar of Alton equally riles up the situation to reward the listener even further within the thoroughly thrilling and incendiary incitement of emotions and fears.

The release closes with firstly Draining Me featuring Russian project Freaky Mind and lastly Wake Up Call featuring the guest vocals of Sindelle Morte of Scream Machine. The first of the two is like a rumbling storm in the distance, its throaty hunger residing in its electro honed skies but making known its intent through the rhythms and oppressing ambience, whilst the second is a doomy crawl with funereal breath to its mesmerising and enveloping intent. The mix of vocals between Croona and Morte works a treat, her shadow dwelling melodic whispers lighting up the darker tones of the narrative and its realisation.

It is fair to say that Beholder needs more time to make its full and lingering persuasion compared to previous Cynical Existence releases but in return for the intensive focus rewards in ways the others never dreamed of. It is an outstanding encounter which only excites anticipation for one hope what will be a deeper investigation of the dark plains started here.

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9/10

RingMaster 23/05/2013

 

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Cynical Existence: Come Out And Play

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Released on February 22nd via Alfa Matrix, Come Out And Play the debut album from Swedish band Cynical Existence has been a highly anticipated proposition amongst fans of harsh EBM/industrial/dark electro fans. Last year saw two EPs from the band which lit up the genre and ventured to the darkest corners of the human condition through a melodic abrasion which was as refreshing and enthralling as it was imaginative and emotive. The solo project of Fredrik Croona, founder and one half of the excellent aggrotech/industrial act Project Rotten and former vocalist of dark electro/industrial band Menschdefekt, Cynical Existence has delved deeper in to its heart to create its darkest engagement  yet, a compelling caustic encounter which provokes and evokes the sharpest reactions alongside the fullest pleasure.

A Familiar Kind of Pain, the first EP from Croona, rampaged and stomped over the senses with a near viral infectiousness to a presence drawn on the personal heart and shadows of the artist. It was an impressive introduction to the project which was then equalled by second EP Ruined Portrait, a collection of tracks which breathed with a darker shadow than its predecessor without losing the contagion rife on the first record. It also suggested what is realised on Come Out And Play, a further depth of reflective inspirations which have evolved into a more intense and malevolent creativity. The album is challenging and arguably less infectious than previous releases but with a maturer energy and craft is just as contagious and impressive. It is an intriguing release which asks for more attention than maybe one initially expected but offers even greater rewards.

As the dawning opening atmosphere on A Scar On My Mind envelops the ear there is an immediate sense of darker energies emerging The vocals of Croona are less caustic than expected initially before his usual pleasing squalls of emotion are unleashed. It is an instant variation which grabs the attention and adds depth to the presence of the track. Melodic beckoning caresses weave their way through the chilled ambience of the song brewing a rich mix of light and dark aurally and emotionally. The sonic manipulation through addictive hooks and melodic teases are more of a loud whisper than an open invitation and makes for a fluid and thrilling veining to the track.

The following Deception is a lighter chord of inner investigation, its airy melodics and sun fuelled glow a warm expanse over the waiting shadows. It is with the glorious and unexpected ‘nintendo dance’ which breaks out that the track just soars further in the heart. It is an imaginative and again intriguing pleasure, an open sensation marking the evolution in the composing and invention of Croona. Without the denseness of the first song the track also declares a diversity to Come Out And Play which was possibly missing on the previous EPs and leaves one greedy for more.

The variety is continued through songs like I’m Broken which fuses the crystalline flavours found in New Order to an angst driven dancefloor expulsion of emotion, GDI, and the serpent spawn Face Of God. The middle song of the three licks the senses with its sonic tongue to intimidate and ignite the deepest rapture whilst offering an insidious and compelling melodic wash which command feet and passion. It is the perfect companion to Face Of God, a track which leads one on a dance of sinister intent and vibrant violation. Again light and dark is the invading emotion and once more the track is an angelic evil which leaves one drooling in hunger and desire.

The further in the release the greater the heights of ardour sparked. Pick Your Poison is another where Croona mixes his vocal delivery wonderfully and unleashes a raptorial elegance which is as corrosive and dangerous as you could wish but equally warm and reassuring. The outstanding Reign Supreme and The Sexual Game both leave their tortured touches on the senses with magnetic charm and disturbed emotion, the pair leaving one enlightened and shadowed in personal emotive thoughts, with the latter song inciting within a pair of familiar tracks. We make no apologies for drooling over Paradox and Insecure, two songs which first made their appearance on A Familiar Kind of Pain and stand as our favourite conjurations from the man, though they are seriously challenged elsewhere on this album. The duo return to unleash their hypnotic mordant dazzling and captivating anthemic riots adding a familiar but again open variation to the release.

Ending with a final tempestuous molestation of delicious sonic foment in Seeping Through, the album leaves one on a high and with an irresistible itch to dive back into the cathartic encounter once again. Cynical Existence just gets better and better and one wonders if it will eventually be a bigger beast than the ‘day job’ for Croona. Released as a single album or limited carton box with a second full album of remixes, Come Out And Play is an essential investigation for all electro/EBM/industrial fans and especially those of bands such as Suicide Commando, SITD, Grendel, and Virtual Embrace.

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Cynical Existence: Ruined Portrait

It seems like mere weeks ago that one of the best harsh ebm/ industrial releases to tease and provoke the senses this year arrived in the shape of A Familiar Kind of Pain, the debut EP from Swedish band Cynical Existence. The solo project of Fredrik Croona (Project Rotten) easily enflamed the passions and set a new benchmark for electro imagination. Now he returns with follow up release the Ruined Portrait EP. It continues the impressive blend of old school EBM with abrasive industrial invention found on his first EP whilst offering a rawer even more intensive breath. The teaser for the highly anticipated full length album Come Out And Play scheduled for an early 2013 release, the EP like its predecessor leaves an invigorating and decisive pleasure in its wake.

As soon as Misery stretches out its mesmeric arms, melodic pulses splashing upon the ear, the sense that the song and release is set to leave an imprint on the heart is immediate, the sonic seduction full and strong from the off. The serpentine vocals of Croona wrap around the shafts of aural light with the man again unleashing personal emotions into his compositions. His delivery is not as venomous as many but soaked in unmistakable shadows which add extra depth to the power of tracks and temper the often dazzling sonic radiance. Though arguably not a major departure from the tracks on A Familiar Kind of Pain, it feels darker, carrying a more abusive or abused energy in what is a vibrant and compulsive presence.

If the opener is a darker proposition the following Am I Alive is a definite plunge into sinister shadows, the vocals bordering on insidious and the accompanying whispers intimidating. The track is magnetic, the lure of acidic melodies irresistible whilst the caustic tones of the song just ignite further contagious entrapments. The best track on Ruined Portrait; it is a taunting combative glory to immerse within and succumb to.

Next up My Shining Halo initially weaves predatory sonic hooks before the ear, their attractive beckoning a wanton mischief,  before rampaging with further heavy touches and salty rubs to form a raw surface to the insatiable melodic swagger of the song. Approaching midway the track goes into a ‘stall’, its eager pace shifting into a prowling sizing up of the prey before erupting swiftly back to the hunger and rampant onslaught which started the corruption. It is another sensational seizing of thoughts and emotions whilst simultaneously, along with its predecessors, inspiring an intense impatience for the forthcoming album.

Let’s Play Dead featuring Polish band Reactor7x, wraps blistering tendrils of sound around the ear whilst the alternating vocals expose extremes of shadows within the sonic softening up of the senses. It is less immediate than other tracks but equally as impactful in its individual way. The jabbing beats cage emotions as the song lays its erosive harmonic caresses and caustic malevolence upon their ethereal flesh, their power cutting off any escape from the almost disorientating experience.

The release is completed firstly by a reinterpreted version of Face Of God by Moscow based industrial project Freaky Mind, and then by two remixes of tracks from A Familiar Kind of Pain. What the difference is between a reinterpreted version and a remix we will have to find out, but the first of the trio is an excited swarm of energy and sonic manipulation, the sounds swamping yet igniting the vocals of Croona for a dance track which fires up good reactions. The other two tracks are remixes of the best and our favourite two songs on the debut EP, and as such were on a hiding for nothing.  Both Insecure (IMPLANTed fear mix) and Paradox (Filtered through MIND:STATE), remixed by Implant and Mind:state (fellow Swede Per Holmström) respectively, are impressive reworkings which open up new thoughts and visions within the tracks but both pale against the brilliance of the originals for us. As always we admit the valid purpose of remixes still generally eludes us, especially when the source is almost untouchable, but given some time to make their case both tracks certainly gave food for thought, especially the jazzy exploits of the first of the two.

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Cease2Xist – You Are Expendable

You Are Expendable the debut album from Cease2Xist is undoubtedly the sweetest abrasion to be felt this year, the warmest violation and one of the most welcome mesmeric abuses upon the senses. The release from the British band was one of the more eagerly awaited albums this year but one wonders if any one truly expected something this powerful and imaginatively colossal. Crossing and pushing all boundaries musically and with its recipients, You Are Expendable unleashes a storm of industrial, harsh EBM, noise and post punk, in sound as well as attitude and energy. It is a toxic shower of caustic imagination and noise bringing the deepest fullest pleasure and smouldering rapture.

Cease2Xist is primarily Dayve Yates, with the skills of Jay Ruin, Seamus Bradd, and O.S. Entity added to the live setting. Back in 2010 with the release of debut EP Living by the Bullet, Yates immediately grabbed attention with his diverse composing and startling sound. With You are Expendable he has evolved and grown into a much more inventive and towering composer, a true merciless instigator of unforgiving sounds and unrelenting provocation. The album hits and rubs fiercely from beginning to end, its magnetic corrosive breath a mix of Cynical Existence and Gods Destruction, to simplify it, but offering a distinct uniqueness which marks the band as permanently recognisable from mere whispers of sound.

The album has a less than dramatic start if one is honest though that is in hindsight after the further riots have left their mark. Not All Is Wrong is a clash upon the ear of rhythmic surges within a disassociated seemingly crumbling atmosphere. It is a slow enveloping crawl over the senses, a statically bruised ambient smothering underneath the sonic eruptions. Though brief the piece sets up the senses for what is to follow without giving the full picture of the incredible strength and incendiary grandeur in store.    

My Burning Rage waves a melodic weave before the ear then manipulates it into pulsating sonic erosion which one willingly and swiftly succumbs to. The vocals of Yates are partly submerged within the brewing spite, the production and placing of his vocals a constant on the album and it works so well, adding to the shadowed and heart borne anger which sharp clarity would have distilled. The track itself leaves one breathless and smarting from its aural salt but wholly satisfied and eager for more violation.

The title track bakes the senses again with a sizzling contagion of scorched melodic touches and malignant energy to match the lyrical theme whilst the following Still Not Dead creates a dance to enrapture whilst peeling synapses further of their strength. Featuring MiXE1 on vocals alongside Yates, there is a sensational ebb and flow to the song within its rampant energy, the cleaner melodic tones of Mike Evans tempering and firing off of the harsher squalls of Yates.

Tonight is an aural defibrillator, its charged pulse shooting through ear, senses, mind and body, the sonic acid swirls it delivers cutting deeply as they tighten within the emerging sonic sandstorm. The track is as abrasive as the others whilst furthering the vibrant diversity which fuels the release, its melodies diving into the flailed flesh from the energies around them, to prove equally as violent but distinctly beautiful.

The likes of One-Zero, the virulent Teenage America, and the hypnotic I Am Destroyer only increase the depth of quality though all on the album is put into the shade by one song, the highest peak of the album, Occupy Everything. The track is irresistible, a thrilling, infectious, throbbing muscle of brilliance. A brazen and angry stomp bursting with dazzling electro fingerings and spiralling melodic ingenuity, the song is sheer addiction, its burrowing potency and majesty overwhelming whilst its crystalline expulsions and insatiable depravity persuades every cell of the body and all thoughts into subservience.

Cease2Xist has created one of the albums of the year in You Are Expendable, and upon its release on September 29th through Static Distortion Records, a label which seemingly can do no wrong this year, the band and UK industrial music will take its rightful place at the head of the world table.

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Defeat: Outbursts!

Having treated us already this year to the impressive releases from the like of Ghost In The Static and MiXE1, Static Distortion Records now introduce us to electro/industrial duo Defeat through their deeply striking Outbursts! EP. The release offers a quartet of electro/harsh EBM/industrial shaded songs with infectious melodic pop pulsations throughout. The EP mixes all elements into a sometimes crawling, often insatiable, and consistently a welcomingly lingering contagion which leaves its mark long after departure for the fullest satisfaction.

Defeat is Hertfordshire based Anthony Matthews (Voice) and Gary Walker (Synthetics), a pair of school friends who came together to create in the description upon their bio music which is ‘Atmosphere, Angst and Rhythm’ in the mould of Nitzer Ebb, 242, FLA, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan and NIN.’ That pretty much sums it up though it only gives some of the full flavour the duo has creates on Outbursts!

Opener and lead song for the release, with a video for it due soon, is Parasite, a track which instinctively accelerates an addiction with electronic hooks which have a beckoning lure and effect like silver to a magpie. The track slowly exhales its musical breath initially with a metallic call before winding up its electro heartbeat with surging pulses of sonic light. Once the almost dour low key vocals of Matthews come in within an almost restrained energy the song immediately reminds of Fad Gadget, Matthews and the shadowed atmosphere created especially reminding of the inspirational work of Frank Tovey. The song gets more excitable with eager energy and catchy electro hooks whilst the enthused surge teasing as it progresses only adds to reinforce the Fad Gadget comparison and ignite a deeper delight, the mesmeric mix of dark and lit shadows irresistible.

The title track makes its presence known next with opening thumping beats and a belligerent bass toned electro spine taunting the ear. Crescendos of frenetic melodic eruptions erupt throughout and fuel the chorus, sparking against the darkened intensity brewing from the core of the song. The track beings a flavouring of Joy Division, NIN, and Depeche Mode to stalk the sound excellently and though not as openly inviting as the opener is equally as irresistible and impressive.

How Pathetic and Bored complete the line-up of what is quite simply an impressively crafted and outstandingly thrilling EP. The first of the pair is a track spilling attitude and contempt from every note, beat, and syllable. Its agitated melodic core energy is niggly and caustically explosive at times especially when speared by the bulging and throbbing intermittent dark surge of sound. Spiteful and twisting gleefully in its own venom the track is anthemic and uncontrollably contagious. The closing track is a more soothing and warm song, well that is the initial impression it gives and though it still retains a discordant beauty and darkened harmonious presence throughout it is just as shadowed and emotionally scarred as those before it. The track soars to great heights of light and heated sonics at times but always there is the distressed undercurrent to bring a hypnotic balance.

Outbursts! is an instant and undeniable proof that electro and industrial music in The UK is on a definite rise with bands like Defeat and others brought by Static Distortion Records as examples, leading the way with quality and inventive imagination. Defeat will become a major player in their genre, Outbursts! the evidence.

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RingMaster 15/06/2012

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