Massive Ego - Noise in the Machine
Goth, New Wave You know, when I first laid my eyes upon Marc Massive, founder and frontman for the band MASSIVE EGO, I was a bit taken aback by his image. Flashes of a gothic looking, Princess Leia-hairstyled, person with incredibly well done make up was what my eyes first met. I was confused, but at the same time there was something that drew me towards him and his band, and that also led me to interview all four of them (which can be viewed here). However, upon listening to the leading track of "Noise in the Machine", titled 'I Idolize You', my questions sort of disappeared and I was just floored by the sound and quality that erupted from this 80s pop inspired industrial fusion. 

I seriously cannot understate how many times I have played, made others listen to, or played for others 'I Idolize You'. From the gorgeous and heavy synths to Marc Massive's terrifically strung vocals, whether they are the cleaner, higher pitched style or the digitally altered and deep pitched rendition, every beat and chord is strong. I would go so far as to even say that this song is by far perfect, and there isn't one note or string that I would change within it; I really, really have no complaints about it. 

Alongside that track, 'Generation V' and 'Dead Silence Rising' join the ranks. The first of which has a very club-like atmosphere to it, with catchy and dancey beats and lyrical delivery, homing in on a steady and solid song. The second of which has a bit of an odd lyrical delivery alongside the jumpy beat, but still manages to hold its own. And next up comes to very well done remixes. 

I mean, when you have top notch artists such as Leaether Strip and Aesthetic Perfection on your remix list, you really should expect good things. And, those two artists in general deliver very well done remixes of 'I Idolize You'. While AP takes away the synth heavy and 80s influence in general, he's able to insert some really quirky electronics to fill the gap. And, Leaether Strip sort of does the same, giving in some quirky electronics, but utilizing holy-sounding synths to make the track sound much more epic than original. Both deserve compliments for their work. 

And, aside from two extended mixes of 'I Idolize You' and 'Generation V', as well as a different version of 'Dead Silence Rising', there's a final remix of 'Low Life' from Zarkoff. It's a pretty slow moving song that actually brings the drums in very well. In comparison to the other tracks, I felt as if the vocals were much more loud than the actual music, which left a bit to be desired, but there really wasn't anything all too bad about it. 

And, at the end of this EP, all I can really say is that I'm hungering for more from MASSIVE EGO. The band is great, and the songs they're pushing out are both fun and stinging. It's no wonder they weren't signed to Out of Line earlier, but, the point is is that they made it. And, all I can really say is that I want to hear their next full length album and see what they bring. 

Photo credit for the EP cover design goes to Mart Germanou. 
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Brutal Resonance

Massive Ego - Noise in the Machine

7.5
"Good"
N/A
Electroracle
Released 2015 by Out of Line
You know, when I first laid my eyes upon Marc Massive, founder and frontman for the band MASSIVE EGO, I was a bit taken aback by his image. Flashes of a gothic looking, Princess Leia-hairstyled, person with incredibly well done make up was what my eyes first met. I was confused, but at the same time there was something that drew me towards him and his band, and that also led me to interview all four of them (which can be viewed here). However, upon listening to the leading track of "Noise in the Machine", titled 'I Idolize You', my questions sort of disappeared and I was just floored by the sound and quality that erupted from this 80s pop inspired industrial fusion. 

I seriously cannot understate how many times I have played, made others listen to, or played for others 'I Idolize You'. From the gorgeous and heavy synths to Marc Massive's terrifically strung vocals, whether they are the cleaner, higher pitched style or the digitally altered and deep pitched rendition, every beat and chord is strong. I would go so far as to even say that this song is by far perfect, and there isn't one note or string that I would change within it; I really, really have no complaints about it. 

Alongside that track, 'Generation V' and 'Dead Silence Rising' join the ranks. The first of which has a very club-like atmosphere to it, with catchy and dancey beats and lyrical delivery, homing in on a steady and solid song. The second of which has a bit of an odd lyrical delivery alongside the jumpy beat, but still manages to hold its own. And next up comes to very well done remixes. 

I mean, when you have top notch artists such as Leaether Strip and Aesthetic Perfection on your remix list, you really should expect good things. And, those two artists in general deliver very well done remixes of 'I Idolize You'. While AP takes away the synth heavy and 80s influence in general, he's able to insert some really quirky electronics to fill the gap. And, Leaether Strip sort of does the same, giving in some quirky electronics, but utilizing holy-sounding synths to make the track sound much more epic than original. Both deserve compliments for their work. 

And, aside from two extended mixes of 'I Idolize You' and 'Generation V', as well as a different version of 'Dead Silence Rising', there's a final remix of 'Low Life' from Zarkoff. It's a pretty slow moving song that actually brings the drums in very well. In comparison to the other tracks, I felt as if the vocals were much more loud than the actual music, which left a bit to be desired, but there really wasn't anything all too bad about it. 

And, at the end of this EP, all I can really say is that I'm hungering for more from MASSIVE EGO. The band is great, and the songs they're pushing out are both fun and stinging. It's no wonder they weren't signed to Out of Line earlier, but, the point is is that they made it. And, all I can really say is that I want to hear their next full length album and see what they bring. 

Photo credit for the EP cover design goes to Mart Germanou. 
Jun 16 2015

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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