Fearpassage - Device Switch
Aggrotech, Dark Electro While flicking over the release i had the impression these guys sounded a lot like yelworC on their first album. Thats one i absolutely loved back in the day, but when I started listening for good to this album it went all down pretty fast. The vocals are very much like on the first yelworC, and the music is pretty much aimed at the old school fans who like the early 90's stuff put out by Zoth Ommog.

The music is just mediocre and the production... Well it would be topnotch in 1993. In 2012 we come to expect a somewhat higher level. Musically it all sounds very uninspired. The songs just go on and on without any suprises and I have the impression i am listening to some Calva Y Nada b-sides compilation. Its not bad, and Fearpassage obviously know their classics. They just fall short on execution.

The dancy songs like "Flower" or "I'm Leaving" are pretty much useless for DJ's. They lack catchyness and also do not o0ntz enough to keep the floor going. Combined with the lacking production this release sure isn't going to cut it for the floors.

But its not all doom and gloom. When they go more experimental and doomy soundscapy like on the Clock DVA meets yelworC meets GGFH track "It's True" they are actually pretty good. Same goes for a somewhat lesser extent for the first song "Behind Your Door". So we have two good songs and eight mediocre tracks. Its their first, so I have hopes these guys will suprise us with a better followup. Judging by the two good tracks they might have it in them.
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Fearpassage - Device Switch

5.0
"Mediocre"
N/A
Electroracle
Spotify
Released 2011 by Shinto Records
While flicking over the release i had the impression these guys sounded a lot like yelworC on their first album. Thats one i absolutely loved back in the day, but when I started listening for good to this album it went all down pretty fast. The vocals are very much like on the first yelworC, and the music is pretty much aimed at the old school fans who like the early 90's stuff put out by Zoth Ommog.

The music is just mediocre and the production... Well it would be topnotch in 1993. In 2012 we come to expect a somewhat higher level. Musically it all sounds very uninspired. The songs just go on and on without any suprises and I have the impression i am listening to some Calva Y Nada b-sides compilation. Its not bad, and Fearpassage obviously know their classics. They just fall short on execution.

The dancy songs like "Flower" or "I'm Leaving" are pretty much useless for DJ's. They lack catchyness and also do not o0ntz enough to keep the floor going. Combined with the lacking production this release sure isn't going to cut it for the floors.

But its not all doom and gloom. When they go more experimental and doomy soundscapy like on the Clock DVA meets yelworC meets GGFH track "It's True" they are actually pretty good. Same goes for a somewhat lesser extent for the first song "Behind Your Door". So we have two good songs and eight mediocre tracks. Its their first, so I have hopes these guys will suprise us with a better followup. Judging by the two good tracks they might have it in them. Jun 13 2012

Pieter Winkelaar

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