Justin Symbol - F U C K H E A D
Industrial Rock Industrial rock artist based out of New York is back for another outing with his remix album "F U C K H E A D". This album is the companion album to his debut full length "Voidhead",  which I reviewed back in January to good praise and criticism alike. Of course, like most remix albums go, this is a huge grab bag of various artists showing off their talent on Symbol's original work. Which also means that you'll be picking and choosing favorites and leaving the rest to rot. 

However, there is also excitement to be found for the Symbol fan; two new songs appear on the album from Symbol himself, which are 'Scarecrow' which was produced by FLO, and 'Kingdom Of Fear', 'Scarecrow' kicks off with a very down tempo sound and even comes along with a slight hip-hop feel to it. Don't let that turn you off, though; this is still Justin Symbol through and through, and I'll even go so far as to say this song sounds better than anything that appeared on "Voidhead". Later in the song, Symbol's screaming comes to light alongside some harder guitar work, so that was very much welcome. Even though it only stood at a run time of around three minutes, it managed to cover multiple genres and kick ass at the same time. 

Even 'Kingdom of Fear' managed to sound far better than any track that was on "Voidhead", bringing in the talents of Verena May alongside Justin Symbol. This track is slower once more, with Symbol and May taking turn both singing back and forth and also putting down some more dirty chords where they're needed. 

And that leaves us with the twelve remixes that came along with this album. You can check out the tracklist to the right side of every artist who was featured on this album, but I'll just be discussing which remixes really stuck out to me. 

A huge shout out goes out to Angel Nightmare for producing such a wicked remix for the title track of the previous album, 'Voidhead'. The vocals did sound a bit shoddy in the song, but the beat itself was able to carry out a very entertaining ride; this remix pretty much takes the club elements that Symbol relies on, but tarnishes the more rock oriented sounds. 

The other remix that I would like to point out would be the remix of 'Purgatory' done by Psyclon Nine. I know, it's odd to hear the band's name, and I know that their name has left a bad taste in many fans mouths, but that does not mean that they didn't produce some awesome sounds. Utilizing Symbol's sounds aside their likeness for pounding and amazing drum work, the song hit hard with other noisy sounds mixed in between. 

But, the rest of the remixes I leave for you to pick and choose from. In any case, this is one of those rare instances where I will say that a remix album is better than the full length that it stemmed from. This contains two new tracks that are brilliant from Justin Symbol, alongside a decent assortment of remixes from various artists that will surprise you. 

I do think Symbol has managed to tighten things up on his ship, which is absolutely grand because that just means further endeavors will ensure better production and overall quality. This makes me excited for his next release, and I can only imagine what will be brought to the table next. 
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Justin Symbol - F U C K H E A D

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Released off label 2015
Industrial rock artist based out of New York is back for another outing with his remix album "F U C K H E A D". This album is the companion album to his debut full length "Voidhead",  which I reviewed back in January to good praise and criticism alike. Of course, like most remix albums go, this is a huge grab bag of various artists showing off their talent on Symbol's original work. Which also means that you'll be picking and choosing favorites and leaving the rest to rot. 

However, there is also excitement to be found for the Symbol fan; two new songs appear on the album from Symbol himself, which are 'Scarecrow' which was produced by FLO, and 'Kingdom Of Fear', 'Scarecrow' kicks off with a very down tempo sound and even comes along with a slight hip-hop feel to it. Don't let that turn you off, though; this is still Justin Symbol through and through, and I'll even go so far as to say this song sounds better than anything that appeared on "Voidhead". Later in the song, Symbol's screaming comes to light alongside some harder guitar work, so that was very much welcome. Even though it only stood at a run time of around three minutes, it managed to cover multiple genres and kick ass at the same time. 

Even 'Kingdom of Fear' managed to sound far better than any track that was on "Voidhead", bringing in the talents of Verena May alongside Justin Symbol. This track is slower once more, with Symbol and May taking turn both singing back and forth and also putting down some more dirty chords where they're needed. 

And that leaves us with the twelve remixes that came along with this album. You can check out the tracklist to the right side of every artist who was featured on this album, but I'll just be discussing which remixes really stuck out to me. 

A huge shout out goes out to Angel Nightmare for producing such a wicked remix for the title track of the previous album, 'Voidhead'. The vocals did sound a bit shoddy in the song, but the beat itself was able to carry out a very entertaining ride; this remix pretty much takes the club elements that Symbol relies on, but tarnishes the more rock oriented sounds. 

The other remix that I would like to point out would be the remix of 'Purgatory' done by Psyclon Nine. I know, it's odd to hear the band's name, and I know that their name has left a bad taste in many fans mouths, but that does not mean that they didn't produce some awesome sounds. Utilizing Symbol's sounds aside their likeness for pounding and amazing drum work, the song hit hard with other noisy sounds mixed in between. 

But, the rest of the remixes I leave for you to pick and choose from. In any case, this is one of those rare instances where I will say that a remix album is better than the full length that it stemmed from. This contains two new tracks that are brilliant from Justin Symbol, alongside a decent assortment of remixes from various artists that will surprise you. 

I do think Symbol has managed to tighten things up on his ship, which is absolutely grand because that just means further endeavors will ensure better production and overall quality. This makes me excited for his next release, and I can only imagine what will be brought to the table next. 
May 04 2015

Off label

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

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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