nTTx - Objective
nTTx has had quite a build up to his EP Objective; teasing the album was simple enough as his hit single 'Falls Beautiful' spent four weeks in the top fifteen of the German Electronic Webchart. The relative groove of EBM and synthpop playing with one another while Clement's vocals ranged from angry to soft and melodic made the song an instant hit. It seems as if leaving his former band Atomzero has allowed Clement to find his passion and music aggression once more. While I do believe Objective will catch on with the older industrial crowd and not so much with the younger fans, no one can argue that nTTx has great production skills and talent.
As stated above, EBM and synthpop are the main genres found on the album. The debut single from nTTx 'Falls Beautiful' lovingly blends both genres; while the strict EBM rhythm creates the core structure, additional dance synths borrowed from synthpop help build up and ring in the chorus. 'cRave' has the basis as the previous track, though it has a more futuristic touch about it.
'Bastion' has a rougher approach involved, and a bit of a 90s industrial tinge attached to it; harder leads, rolling guitars, and tougher vocals are all included. 'We Kissed' is a slow paced and - dare I say it - romance song. I wasn't a huge fan of the echoing effect on the vocals in the song, as it made it sound as if the song was skipping. I found myself looking at and closing all my open applications on my laptop while listening to the track just to make sure something else wasn't accidentally playing at the same time.
Electro act Stars Crusaders starts off the remix section with their touch on 'Falls Beautiful'. I think they should have slapped a "Club Edit" suffix instead of remix to accurately describe their mix. I don't mean that in a condescending manner, as Stars Crusaders sci-fi touches come to life. Caustic gave 'cRave' an industrial/techno deconstruction. It's a minimal approach with an underground club kind of style. Kiss Is Kill's industrial rock sound just fit so perfectly well with the sound of 'Bastion' that it would have been criminal not to have him remix the song. I would actually say that his version of the track is better than the original, and that's a statement I seldom find myself making.
While a full length album will really show whether or not nTTx will be able to pump out enough material to keep an audience satisfied for an hour, his EP is enough to get his name on the tip of the industrial scene's tongue. Objective is a solid EP wherein Clement is able to showcase his solo potential, and for that I praise him highly. Let's see what he'll do next.
Apr 14 2016
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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