Fearpassage - Our Children
Aggrotech, Dark Electro I remember hearing Fearpassage for the first time on the 'Foundations' compilation, so when I saw the promo available, I grabbed it real quick all for my own. They impressed me on it, and so I wanted to see what else this solo project, directed by Michael Fear, could really do for me. And, well, it's sad to say, but I really was a little let down. The brief moment I was given to actually enjoy Fearpassage's "Falling For You" was awesome (and it also makes an appearance on the album), but the rest of the album just was too much the same.

And that's a sad fact, too, because I personally enjoy Fearpassage's work. The lyrics have a haunting and distorted tone to them, and always fade out right at the end, and not much else work is put onto the vocals that really make them stand out in one way or the other.

I also found the beats to a lot of the songs to be light in comparison to the vocals. I felt there needed to be more balance; either let up on the distorted factor, or just get the beat more harsh. Harsh vocals go with harsh beats. It's like taking Willy Nelson's soothing voice and sticking it into the middle of a thrash metal song. It just wouldn't work all too well.

However, that's not too say that all the songs didn't work. I found that "Lost Child" definitely got the balancing issue fixed real nice. I actually played that song twice, and am actually listening to it as I type out this review.

"Ode to you Memory" is a light, instrumental song, which kicks out the vocals for once. And it actually is pleasant sounding, but I think the synth in the background tried to take up to much of the stage in an otherwise soft sounding track. And, also, it was different from the rest of the album, which was nice.

And I did not like how there were five different remixes of the same song, which was "Our Children". This is something that has been getting on my nerves with a few albums as of late, as there are at least five or six other songs other artists can remix, even songs from previous releases, but one song is remixed five times. It tends to get tiresome to listen to after a while.

Now, Fearpassage does have a lot of talent. Don't let my bitching get in the way of your thoughts on that. Actually, I should be telling myself not to let my own bitching get in the way of my thoughts on that. Anyway, there are flaws in this album, but they do not mar it to the point of not being able to be listened to. Take a glance at the album and enjoy it. There are bound to be at least a few tracks you'll enjoy on this one.
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Brutal Resonance

Fearpassage - Our Children

6.0
"Alright"
N/A
Electroracle
Spotify
Released 2012 by Shinto Records
I remember hearing Fearpassage for the first time on the 'Foundations' compilation, so when I saw the promo available, I grabbed it real quick all for my own. They impressed me on it, and so I wanted to see what else this solo project, directed by Michael Fear, could really do for me. And, well, it's sad to say, but I really was a little let down. The brief moment I was given to actually enjoy Fearpassage's "Falling For You" was awesome (and it also makes an appearance on the album), but the rest of the album just was too much the same.

And that's a sad fact, too, because I personally enjoy Fearpassage's work. The lyrics have a haunting and distorted tone to them, and always fade out right at the end, and not much else work is put onto the vocals that really make them stand out in one way or the other.

I also found the beats to a lot of the songs to be light in comparison to the vocals. I felt there needed to be more balance; either let up on the distorted factor, or just get the beat more harsh. Harsh vocals go with harsh beats. It's like taking Willy Nelson's soothing voice and sticking it into the middle of a thrash metal song. It just wouldn't work all too well.

However, that's not too say that all the songs didn't work. I found that "Lost Child" definitely got the balancing issue fixed real nice. I actually played that song twice, and am actually listening to it as I type out this review.

"Ode to you Memory" is a light, instrumental song, which kicks out the vocals for once. And it actually is pleasant sounding, but I think the synth in the background tried to take up to much of the stage in an otherwise soft sounding track. And, also, it was different from the rest of the album, which was nice.

And I did not like how there were five different remixes of the same song, which was "Our Children". This is something that has been getting on my nerves with a few albums as of late, as there are at least five or six other songs other artists can remix, even songs from previous releases, but one song is remixed five times. It tends to get tiresome to listen to after a while.

Now, Fearpassage does have a lot of talent. Don't let my bitching get in the way of your thoughts on that. Actually, I should be telling myself not to let my own bitching get in the way of my thoughts on that. Anyway, there are flaws in this album, but they do not mar it to the point of not being able to be listened to. Take a glance at the album and enjoy it. There are bound to be at least a few tracks you'll enjoy on this one. Apr 19 2013

Steven Gullotta

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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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