Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ALBUM REVIEWS 06/13/12


I must say, I've been anxious about hearing new A23, and Tom Shear does not disappoint. Before the promo became available through Metropolis, I had a chance, along with everyone else, to hear this album in its entirety on YouTube, as Tom uploaded the entire project as an experiment (which Espermachine has decided to employ to give fans a chance to hear his entire CD, "Dying Talk"...go check it out!). The advance track, "The Noise Inside My Head" got me excited, to be sure. Then, as each track of the album was released on YT, I listened, and the more I heard, the more I liked it. The album doesn't stick to one style, either...definitely showing his lack of fear of switching things up, as is seen in "Outsider," almost taking a more rock-like feel to the track. The album picks back up with "Darkflow" and stays pretty hard & steady, dropping into a synthpop-tinged track, "The Other Side Of The Wall." "Talk Me Down" brings the futurepop back in, before the first disc winds down with a rock-flavored downtempo track, "Otherness."

The limited edition variation of this album has a second disc, with seven remixes by Grendel, Cesium_137, iVardensphere, Daniel Meyer, Sonik Foundry, Alter Der Ruine and Tenek. It also contains three extra tracks. "Rain Falls Down" is a very cool downtempo track. The second track, "God Is A Strangely Absent Father," is a darker track, seemingly talking about unheard prayers, and a deity that does not listen to his followers...again, just what I'm getting out of it. The last track, "Reckless," is another great track, ending a great pair of discs. Well worth adding this to your collection.

It's been two years since "Aftermath" hit the clubs, and it's good to see another release from this outfit.

The moods on this album shift quite a lot...the music moves from club stompy to atmospheric and downtempo very nicely. "NightTerror," "Dark Odyssey," "It's You" and "Mescaline" are definitely club worthy. "Soultaker" features the unmistakable vocals of Claus Larsen of LeƦther Strip...and it's a fantastic track. "The Devil You Know" is a great dark atmospheric track that could fit on a cyberpunk soundtrack. The final track, "Blade Runner Tribute," makes my inner geek giddy with excitement, as they pay tribute to Vangelis, with their rendition of the Main Titles score from Blade Runner, appropriately peppered with quotes & samples from the movie. All in all, a very solid release from Decoded Feedback...definitely worth having in the collection.

Scott Fox & co. have created some fantastic tracks as iVardensphere, and it hardly seems possible that anyone could improve upon the work they've already done...but this remix album does just that. A collection of remixes from their last two albums, "Bloodwater" and "APOK," this new compilation brings together some top-notch names to have a chance to create interpretations on iVardensphere's tracks. Artists like BlakOPZ, Encephalon, Caustic, Ludovico Technique, DYM, Unit:187 and Ad-ver-sary have a chance to make these tracks theirs, while still keeping the essence of the originals intact. There are some serious dance-floor gems in this collection, "Ancients (BlakOPZ Summon Remix)," "Sick (Phosgore Remix)," and "The Source of Uncertainty (The Hexensphere by HexRx)" to name a few. There are also some very atmospheric remixes here, the two that stand out most in my mind being "Chasing The Dragon (Comaduster Remix)" and "Ghostnote (Iszoloscope Remix). I was thoroughly impressed with this collection of remixes, and I'm pretty sure you will too.

That's all for now. I'll be playing tracks from these and a few more releases tomorrow night (06/14/12) on Dark Industry, starting at 7pm Atlantic / 5pm Central / 11pm GMT on Endeavor Radio (http://149.255.33.69:8008/)

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