Adam Kult - Harsh is Dead
Electro-Industrial This will be another retro critique, because 'Harsh Is Dead' has been out a few years prior to this review being made. Fortunately enough, most material gets put out to pasture regardless of quality so I can either reassure the cows in the field or smack them in the eyes with a baseball bat.

In this case I'm not quite sure what to do with this particular bovine, for an industrial group they all look radically different. The vocalist looks quite dark and evil in a Nero Bellum-esque sort of sense, the keyboardist reminds me of Bitch Brigade and the drummer looks quite similar to Caustic's front-man. This might be the industrial equivalent of the Village People.

Despite how different they look the music is certainly solid without a doubt. The mixing is executed rather nicely and the melodies/vocals match up alarmingly well. What I find most interesting about Adam Kult is their concept. While it has been done before (to death actually) the way it is presented here is compelling and matches up quite nicely with the music and stage presence they have.

The only faults I can find with 'Harsh is Dead' is that while the mixing is consistent, the songs aren't. The tracks change in vocal styles while the drums normally have the same basic sound/style to them, but I'm basically nitpicking now like a monkey at a school with head-lice ridden children.

Overall I can safely say that Adam Kult have a fantastic future ahead of them, because if their third album is anything like this, my anticipation is already piqued.

I disagree with the title though, Harsh is not dead. These guys are keeping it alive.
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Brutal Resonance

Adam Kult - Harsh is Dead

8.0
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Spotify
Released off label 2009
This will be another retro critique, because 'Harsh Is Dead' has been out a few years prior to this review being made. Fortunately enough, most material gets put out to pasture regardless of quality so I can either reassure the cows in the field or smack them in the eyes with a baseball bat.

In this case I'm not quite sure what to do with this particular bovine, for an industrial group they all look radically different. The vocalist looks quite dark and evil in a Nero Bellum-esque sort of sense, the keyboardist reminds me of Bitch Brigade and the drummer looks quite similar to Caustic's front-man. This might be the industrial equivalent of the Village People.

Despite how different they look the music is certainly solid without a doubt. The mixing is executed rather nicely and the melodies/vocals match up alarmingly well. What I find most interesting about Adam Kult is their concept. While it has been done before (to death actually) the way it is presented here is compelling and matches up quite nicely with the music and stage presence they have.

The only faults I can find with 'Harsh is Dead' is that while the mixing is consistent, the songs aren't. The tracks change in vocal styles while the drums normally have the same basic sound/style to them, but I'm basically nitpicking now like a monkey at a school with head-lice ridden children.

Overall I can safely say that Adam Kult have a fantastic future ahead of them, because if their third album is anything like this, my anticipation is already piqued.

I disagree with the title though, Harsh is not dead. These guys are keeping it alive.
Jul 04 2011

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

Gerard Hawkins

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