Controlled Collapse - Babel
Dark Electro, Harsh EBM Okay, I've been doing a lot of reviews lately, but that's just because I'm bored as hell and want to do something other than sit on my ass playing with my balls with the TV blaring. So, naturally, I come to music and kick back and enjoy what's brought forth upon my ears. I am more than glad I decided to do this and listen to 'Babel' from electro-industrial act Controlled Collapse.

I did enjoy, to start off, with the juxtaposition of the songs "Pain" and "Numb", which open up the album, and serve as companion pieces in a way, such as the case with William Blake's "The Tyger" and "The Lamb". For example, the lyrics at one point in "Numb" sound off as, "I cannot feel the pain," which I'm guessing was purposely done. If not, well, this was a great and unknown musical ordering. Not to mention that the songs are very good, mind you.

I also found myself enjoying "Change the World". This song definitely reminded me of a very fucked up three ring circus, with Wojciech Król (Since he's the vocalist) sounding like the psychotic headmaster of the whole fair. It sounded like a rant throughout most of the song, and it was wonderful to me; I do much enjoy a good psychotic rant once in a while. Reminds me of my own family.

Now, the next song I would definitely like to put a spotlight on would be "Fragment of Time" featuring Aleksandra Burska. This song is truly the star of the album in my opinion. It's beautiful; I guess you could call it that. It's much slower than the rest of the album, and has a very light flavor to it. The duo of voices singing is magical, and I don't care what I rate the album, this song is definitely a ten out of ten.

Now, I don't want to spend too much time on any more individual songs, for that would make this is a bit redundant after a while and that just isn't my style. The album plays off with a shit ton of electro beats, and the vocals vary a lot throughout the album. For example, in the song, "My Fault", there's a constant voice that echoes behind the lead vocals, and the echo is distorted and somewhat screeching. It's an awesome effect.

The beats are always changing pace and always differing throughout each song. So, pretty much, this album has something for everyone. It isn't perfect, but it comes damn near close to it. I enjoyed it, and I think of it as such, at least. Your opinion doesn't count. Just listen to me. Think of this as brainwashing. I am the dictator of your music choice. Stop what you're doing and just listen to this. Now. Okay, I made my point. Have a nice day.
5
Brutal Resonance

Controlled Collapse - Babel

Okay, I've been doing a lot of reviews lately, but that's just because I'm bored as hell and want to do something other than sit on my ass playing with my balls with the TV blaring. So, naturally, I come to music and kick back and enjoy what's brought forth upon my ears. I am more than glad I decided to do this and listen to 'Babel' from electro-industrial act Controlled Collapse.

I did enjoy, to start off, with the juxtaposition of the songs "Pain" and "Numb", which open up the album, and serve as companion pieces in a way, such as the case with William Blake's "The Tyger" and "The Lamb". For example, the lyrics at one point in "Numb" sound off as, "I cannot feel the pain," which I'm guessing was purposely done. If not, well, this was a great and unknown musical ordering. Not to mention that the songs are very good, mind you.

I also found myself enjoying "Change the World". This song definitely reminded me of a very fucked up three ring circus, with Wojciech Król (Since he's the vocalist) sounding like the psychotic headmaster of the whole fair. It sounded like a rant throughout most of the song, and it was wonderful to me; I do much enjoy a good psychotic rant once in a while. Reminds me of my own family.

Now, the next song I would definitely like to put a spotlight on would be "Fragment of Time" featuring Aleksandra Burska. This song is truly the star of the album in my opinion. It's beautiful; I guess you could call it that. It's much slower than the rest of the album, and has a very light flavor to it. The duo of voices singing is magical, and I don't care what I rate the album, this song is definitely a ten out of ten.

Now, I don't want to spend too much time on any more individual songs, for that would make this is a bit redundant after a while and that just isn't my style. The album plays off with a shit ton of electro beats, and the vocals vary a lot throughout the album. For example, in the song, "My Fault", there's a constant voice that echoes behind the lead vocals, and the echo is distorted and somewhat screeching. It's an awesome effect.

The beats are always changing pace and always differing throughout each song. So, pretty much, this album has something for everyone. It isn't perfect, but it comes damn near close to it. I enjoyed it, and I think of it as such, at least. Your opinion doesn't count. Just listen to me. Think of this as brainwashing. I am the dictator of your music choice. Stop what you're doing and just listen to this. Now. Okay, I made my point. Have a nice day. Apr 20 2013

Steven Gullotta

info@brutalresonance.com
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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