PreEmptive Strike 0.1 - EPOS V
Harsh EBM, Dark Electro I think it's safe for me to say that a lot of fans of Preemptive Strike 0.1 have been waiting for an album like "EPOS V" ever since "T.A.L.O.S." came to release. The defining sound that laced dark electro/harsh EBM with classic instruments of a past, mythological age managed to get the Greek trio love and many respects. But, it was after "T.A.L.O.S." that they started to dive into more metal-based maxi-singles and vinyl releases, such as "Pierce Their Husk". 

This isn't to say that their dives from the norm was bad (I rather enjoyed what they were able to accomplish), but a longing for more of their electro-rooted sound was starting to itch. And that itch has finally been scratched with this prodigal album. 

"EPOS V" largely recalls upon the tale of Jason and the Argonauts' journey to recover the Golden Fleece for King Pelias (If you're confused by that statement, do me a favor and look up Greek mythology; it is absolutely fascinating). 

Anyway, the song that kicks off the album is actually a cover of Swedish metal band Sabaton's 'Coat of Arms'. Immediately I was drawn into the album by this fun and kicking track; Preemptive Strike 0.1 is back and is making my skin crawl. The epic symphonic metal song blended with medieval elements has been transformed into a very speedy, bass driven dark electro song that completely pays homage to the original. 

After that, the story of the Golden Fleece is broken down into five songs, or, as the band put, five Acts. Starting with 'Epos of the Argonauts' and ending with 'The Death of Talos', I don't think I've ever seen Greek mythology presented in such an epic manner. Kicking beats with Greek flavoring really sets a quasi-ancient sound mixed with modern day club friendly, and harsh beats. Each song was able to follow one right after the other, never disappointing throughout this arch. 

However, the fun doesn't stop there. Right after, a collaboration with Polish black metal artist Black Altar plays out. It rings in more guitar work, and becomes a fairly industrial metal sounding song. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it as much as the previous works, but it was still lovely nonetheless. 

After two more original songs from the band titled 'Invertebrate Terror' and 'Kosmic Key', the band treats you to a German version of their Sabaton cover. The song features Endanger on vocals, but the music remains the same. And, lastly, an Italodisco remix of 'Epos of the Argonauts' is presented by Syrian, which adds length onto the album but also gives a sort of eighties sound to it all. 

And, after such a divine and mighty album has played through my ears, I kind of feel like venturing out and going on a grand quest myself. The album is inspirational, and, in the least, it can get you motivated for a hardcore workout or something of the like. This album deserves both your time and attention; don't let it go to waste.
4
Brutal Resonance

PreEmptive Strike 0.1 - EPOS V

8.5
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Spotify
Released off label 2015
I think it's safe for me to say that a lot of fans of Preemptive Strike 0.1 have been waiting for an album like "EPOS V" ever since "T.A.L.O.S." came to release. The defining sound that laced dark electro/harsh EBM with classic instruments of a past, mythological age managed to get the Greek trio love and many respects. But, it was after "T.A.L.O.S." that they started to dive into more metal-based maxi-singles and vinyl releases, such as "Pierce Their Husk". 

This isn't to say that their dives from the norm was bad (I rather enjoyed what they were able to accomplish), but a longing for more of their electro-rooted sound was starting to itch. And that itch has finally been scratched with this prodigal album. 

"EPOS V" largely recalls upon the tale of Jason and the Argonauts' journey to recover the Golden Fleece for King Pelias (If you're confused by that statement, do me a favor and look up Greek mythology; it is absolutely fascinating). 

Anyway, the song that kicks off the album is actually a cover of Swedish metal band Sabaton's 'Coat of Arms'. Immediately I was drawn into the album by this fun and kicking track; Preemptive Strike 0.1 is back and is making my skin crawl. The epic symphonic metal song blended with medieval elements has been transformed into a very speedy, bass driven dark electro song that completely pays homage to the original. 

After that, the story of the Golden Fleece is broken down into five songs, or, as the band put, five Acts. Starting with 'Epos of the Argonauts' and ending with 'The Death of Talos', I don't think I've ever seen Greek mythology presented in such an epic manner. Kicking beats with Greek flavoring really sets a quasi-ancient sound mixed with modern day club friendly, and harsh beats. Each song was able to follow one right after the other, never disappointing throughout this arch. 

However, the fun doesn't stop there. Right after, a collaboration with Polish black metal artist Black Altar plays out. It rings in more guitar work, and becomes a fairly industrial metal sounding song. I wouldn't say I enjoyed it as much as the previous works, but it was still lovely nonetheless. 

After two more original songs from the band titled 'Invertebrate Terror' and 'Kosmic Key', the band treats you to a German version of their Sabaton cover. The song features Endanger on vocals, but the music remains the same. And, lastly, an Italodisco remix of 'Epos of the Argonauts' is presented by Syrian, which adds length onto the album but also gives a sort of eighties sound to it all. 

And, after such a divine and mighty album has played through my ears, I kind of feel like venturing out and going on a grand quest myself. The album is inspirational, and, in the least, it can get you motivated for a hardcore workout or something of the like. This album deserves both your time and attention; don't let it go to waste.
Jun 24 2015

Off label

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

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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