Acid Casualty - King Outcast
The latest EP by Michigan based artist Acid Casualty is finally here and takes us on quite an interesting journey through the creative mind of Michael Martin. Although not an overwhelming amount of tracks on this particular release, it does show the base of the project's root and musical style. From the minimalist nature of 'Ultra-Violent', to the catchier side of 'Sea of Hate', "King Outcast" presents a glimpse into the work of Acid Casualty and what we may expect from the project in the future.
Starting off this E.P is the track 'Ultra-Violent' which takes us into an industrial laced minimalist approach as an alternate to today's onslaught of electronic music heavily focused on multiple layers and complex structures which is refreshing and different in contrast to the multitude of projects we are presented to. From beginning to end this track emphasizes Martin’s straight forward vocal style and underlying screams that contrast ever so gracefully. Although the gentile nature of the piano-like synthlines come and go throughout, I’m still left feeling that there should be more in regards to the music but I’ll explain a little more about this later.
Next is 'King Outcast' that doesn’t leave much variance from the first track. Very straight forward with the same formula and approach that we have come to expect. Last but not least, 'Sea of Hate' is what really left me feeling psyched and anticipated for the future of Acid Casualty. This track really shines by incorporating the style we have come accustomed to but also adding elements to the mix that have seemed yet uncharted from the beginning of this EP. From the rise and fall of the arpeggio to the wonderful transitions of verse to chorus, this track has easily become my favorite off the album.
Although I can’t say I was quite impressed with the first two tracks of the EP "King Outcast", I can say that Acid Casualty will definitely be something that I will eagerly await to hear a full length from and see what direction it may fallow. 'Sea of Hate' is a perfect piece in full Acid Casualty form that I feel took on the minimalist approach but added enough depth to make this a stunning track. If the next album starts off from where this EP left off than I will eagerly be waiting.
Dec 25 2015
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