Renowned for his industrial metal sounds with Diehard, a band that has become a firm fixture on the Reputation Radio Shows, Alexander Morte has turned 2012 into an energised year of creativity from himself starting with the alternative electrocore music project Redcode: Revolution. The debut release from the band comes in the shape of The System Has Fallen EP, a thumping and stirring three track storm of absorbing and diverse electronic music, deeply aggressive vocals, and equally challenging lyrics.
Nürnberg based Morte alongside Diehard has also captured the imagination of a great many with his solo instrumental work as well as finding acclaim as a freelance composer, film musician and producer. The immediate future is set for the unleashing of his metal band Era Hex and EBM project Error:Genesis as well as this release, Morte a man who seemingly never takes a breath but consistently maintains a high and continually inventive surge of imagination and artistic skill as proven by The System Has Fallen EP.
The promo sheet attached to the release states ‘RC:R is a scream of the ghost flying above the ruins of post apocalyptic world!’ and that is exactly the feel and overbearing imagery one gets whilst within the intrusive yet hypnotic soundscapes, the sense of worlds and lives left in chaos and husks of a once prosperous energy from the fallout of power and greed. Apart from the proposed apocalyptic future premise the EP is centered on the now and hits hard with its dramatic theme.
The EP opens on a siren, its wail opening up the ears to the electric venomous sounds bleeding through the air from the start of opener Red Code Revolution. With excellent female harmonic cries with a great Eastern ambience warming the bristling atmosphere the track stomps across the senses with an immediate infectious breath. Pulsating and vibrant it stirs the emotive elements of thought as the song leads hypnotically into its intense heart. Once Morte brings his harsh and combative vocals into the song the shift in energy is definite, the track and lyrics challenging and inciteful. The song though blends the beauty and the fight within the song in a clean and seamless weave, the senses finding themselves abused and exhilarated in one flowing and captivating intrusion.
The following Chemtrails initially skirts the ear with skittish electro pulses as melodic murmurs form an alliance with the senses. This almost subdued entrance soon digs into its intense depths to expand into gut punching vehemence and dazzling sirenesque infection. The track offers up a chorus as insistent as it is anthemic and is destined to trigger mass limbed responses. It also acts as a powerful aural spark in inciting the imagery of organised gang salutes of world forces in history and arguably for revolution, the essence of the EP.
It is that aspect of the release which is as satisfying as the sounds, the premise and intent is strong yet not forced down the throat but it is the music and its structure which lights up the imagination before the powerful portrayal and inspiring defiant commentary.
The System Has Fallen closes with the equally outstanding Electrocore Devision ensuring the release is fully impressive from start to finish. The song once more wonderfully meshes anger and tension with glorious sonic waves of irresistible sounds but this time brings a stronger industrial presence. The great repetitive chorus has a Rammstein feel to add extra muscle to the enveloping contagion elsewhere and at times seemingly teases with eighties electronic suggestions for extra spice.
The EP is outstanding and though already aware and a fan of the work of Morte, The System Has Fallen has surprised and surpassed expectations going into it. The EP is sure to excite industrial/harsh EBM/electro fans as well as metal ones everywhere and with an album already well into its creation the revolution is nigh, the Redcode: Revolution.
Listen out for a Bone Orchard industrial/electro podcast special featuring amongst others Redcode: Revolution coming soon from The Reputation Radio Show.
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