Alphane Reality Generator - Music for the Robot Revolution
The year is 2040 and mankind is on the verge of extinction. The robots are slowly crushing the human resistance in their mission for a cleansed Earth. Their only hope for survival is a sole CD containing all the information necessary to prevent the robotic takeover, and the sole man presenting us this information is Alphane Reality Generator. However, casting aside the fiction of ARG's compelling cyberpunk story let's discuss the project.
While not much information has surfaced on Alphane Reality Generator online what I can tell you is that the project is ran by Andrew Rizzo out of Pennsylvania in the United States. His electro-industrial music is inspired by - if you couldn't tell above - all sorts of cyberpunk and tech-noir classics such as The Terminator. From what his Bandcamp page tells me he has two releases under his name: Nature of My Circuitry which released back in March of 2008 as well as his current album Music for the Robot Revolution.
Alphane Reality Generator released Music for the Robot Revolution independently at the beginning of February. While self-described as electro-industrial the project takes influences from a variety of genres such as but not limited to industrial metal, cinematic scores, and some classical variety. The first song on the album 'Blood Stained Music Box' kicks off the album with a crunchy electronic song that sets the pace for the rest of the album. Bips, boops, and lots of harsh sounds await your arrival. Other songs such as 'Cubicle of Pain', 'Processing Bypassing', and 'Two Point Three Percent' follow in similar but fashionable suit.
'Metal is Stronger Than Flesh' goes off in a realm of industrial/cyber metal combining a brutalizing electronic rhythm with looping crackling guitar work. When the vocals kick in on songs such as this, we get spoken word digitized vox which fits the overall theme of the album. Now, although the first six tracks are pretty heavy and destructive, the second half of the album slowed down and took a break from all the chaos starting with 'Wir Essen Kein Brot'.
After that I started to discover tracks with an electronic, cinematic/classical presence about them such as 'Doppelunterfangen' and 'Abdicated Responsibilities'. Songs such as 'The Red Button' and 'Thick Cartilaginous Layer' had a similar lo-fi industrial crunch to them such as in the first half of the album, but had slower paces and - again - a much more cinematic flow to them.
As I went through Alphane Reality Generator's album I felt as if I was garnering two album experiences in one; one half harsh, one half smoother. The variety in the album was awesome and epic, and while I don't have much to complain about the album I still see areas in which it could improve upon. Minor touches in area such as production to get a crisper sound amidst the chaos would do wonders, Again, those are minor touches that won't dent an otherwise good album. So get ready to strike back against the robots and listen to ARG!
Mar 07 2017
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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