Kronik Kondition - Intensity EP
EBM, Futurepop Increasingly more common these days, Female fronted Electro/Industrial bands are becoming a following by themselves. Rachel Feder's "Kronik Kondition" is a credit to New York, if not the Melodic Electro scene itself.

Why do I say that? Well, when your debut EP features remixes from established veterans Level 2.0, and scene giant Tom Shear (Assemblage 23), you know you're selling yourself correctly.

The release is 6 tracks - an original track entitled "Intensity", which is performed with clean vocals - Rachel's lyrics are clear and sung with gusto and power. The mixing and production isn't to world class standard, and the vocals far exceed the synth in volume, but it's a self funded debut, and this is not something to pick fault with considering!

4 of the other tracks are remixes of "Intensity" - including the two previously mentioned, we are offered two by lesser known personas, and although none are wonderful, i'm satisfied enough to appreciate why Rachel would release this into the public domain.

The final track is entitled "Darkhold" - an interesting title, and one which might hint at the psychological themes that this release seems to contain. Darkhold seems to have an old-school EBM style intro, and is mostly instrumental with some sounds running through it which I can't identify. I think it's the strongest dancefloor track on the EP, however.

This isn't the best debut I've heard this year, and Rachel will appreciate my honesty, no doubt. However, it's among the more original ones, and I think fans of Futurepop and EBM will be keen to hear this. I like the lyrics, and the vocal technique. I'm not sure on just 2 original tracks, but it's a warm starter.
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Kronik Kondition - Intensity EP

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Released off label 2011
Increasingly more common these days, Female fronted Electro/Industrial bands are becoming a following by themselves. Rachel Feder's "Kronik Kondition" is a credit to New York, if not the Melodic Electro scene itself.

Why do I say that? Well, when your debut EP features remixes from established veterans Level 2.0, and scene giant Tom Shear (Assemblage 23), you know you're selling yourself correctly.

The release is 6 tracks - an original track entitled "Intensity", which is performed with clean vocals - Rachel's lyrics are clear and sung with gusto and power. The mixing and production isn't to world class standard, and the vocals far exceed the synth in volume, but it's a self funded debut, and this is not something to pick fault with considering!

4 of the other tracks are remixes of "Intensity" - including the two previously mentioned, we are offered two by lesser known personas, and although none are wonderful, i'm satisfied enough to appreciate why Rachel would release this into the public domain.

The final track is entitled "Darkhold" - an interesting title, and one which might hint at the psychological themes that this release seems to contain. Darkhold seems to have an old-school EBM style intro, and is mostly instrumental with some sounds running through it which I can't identify. I think it's the strongest dancefloor track on the EP, however.

This isn't the best debut I've heard this year, and Rachel will appreciate my honesty, no doubt. However, it's among the more original ones, and I think fans of Futurepop and EBM will be keen to hear this. I like the lyrics, and the vocal technique. I'm not sure on just 2 original tracks, but it's a warm starter.
Jul 30 2011

Off label

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

Nick Quarm

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Writer and contributor on Brutal Resonance

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