Say Just Words - Screams In The Darkness: A Collection
Dark Electro, Harsh EBM Say Just Words is a band I've not heard of before to be honest. After checking their Facebook page I already knew what to expect of them tho. Harsh, fast, beat orientated music. Aaaaaaand that's what I got.

I'm not really fond of this music. You have to really be into it to know the differences between ANY of the bands playing it. On this release for example the first track Is supposed to be a versus (whatever that's supposed to mean) with Stahlnebel & Black Selket. I've no idea what the difference is between this any other songs on this release. Did Stahlnebel & Black Selket provide drum samples? Or yet another copy of the synth Vanguard? No idea... Moving on.

Second track. So far the tempo didn't fall lower than 140 BPM. I am definitely too old for that tempo. I'm more into the 110-120 BPM mellow stuff right now so I could't really follow the songs. The Infeccion track added something new tho. The glitch - loop type of effect, which was introduced heavily in 2005 by Fractured. I really love that effect WHEN it's used properly. When it mixes with the song and pretty much makes sense in the song structure. Here, I have a feeling it's not mixed well (too loud) and it's just there, I doesn't add anything to the song.

So... only bad things? No... I was actually pleasantly surprised with the vocals. They're done quite well considering they're 100% distorted and manipulated. One of the things I really, really hate about black metal errrrrrrr hellectro bands is that they use their real-life growl and screamo vocals rather than distort the shit out of their whisper. Thankfully Say Just Words distorts the shit out of theirs which is good for me. It actually reminds me of Ner0 vocals from Psyclon Nine (from the first album). Well... at least the "original" tracks. Here comes the track featuring Fredrik Croona of Cynical Existence. As much as I find Fredrik a cool person I just HATE his vocals. SORRY... skip.

The album is very consistent. Besides some minor mixing issues it sounds actually quite good. It has some decent songs like the instrumental "Noise of Broken Souls", which brings back memories (pretty much like the A7ie release I had the chance to review - Tabula Rasa), but also it pretty much shows how this music is dated and really hasn't moved anywhere since its birth almost 10 years ago (if we say that Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil album is the birth of trance-harsh electro). I'd say fans of the music should like this album. You get 12 songs and every single one of them should work fine in a club. For me it's just a copy of a copy of a copy of a...

P.S. Actually, I just realized that this is a compilation. A BEST OF type of release... Maybe the actual albums are more varied? I guess I should check...
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Say Just Words - Screams In The Darkness: A Collection

5.5
"Mediocre"
N/A
Electroracle
Spotify
Released 2012 by Engraved Ritual
Say Just Words is a band I've not heard of before to be honest. After checking their Facebook page I already knew what to expect of them tho. Harsh, fast, beat orientated music. Aaaaaaand that's what I got.

I'm not really fond of this music. You have to really be into it to know the differences between ANY of the bands playing it. On this release for example the first track Is supposed to be a versus (whatever that's supposed to mean) with Stahlnebel & Black Selket. I've no idea what the difference is between this any other songs on this release. Did Stahlnebel & Black Selket provide drum samples? Or yet another copy of the synth Vanguard? No idea... Moving on.

Second track. So far the tempo didn't fall lower than 140 BPM. I am definitely too old for that tempo. I'm more into the 110-120 BPM mellow stuff right now so I could't really follow the songs. The Infeccion track added something new tho. The glitch - loop type of effect, which was introduced heavily in 2005 by Fractured. I really love that effect WHEN it's used properly. When it mixes with the song and pretty much makes sense in the song structure. Here, I have a feeling it's not mixed well (too loud) and it's just there, I doesn't add anything to the song.

So... only bad things? No... I was actually pleasantly surprised with the vocals. They're done quite well considering they're 100% distorted and manipulated. One of the things I really, really hate about black metal errrrrrrr hellectro bands is that they use their real-life growl and screamo vocals rather than distort the shit out of their whisper. Thankfully Say Just Words distorts the shit out of theirs which is good for me. It actually reminds me of Ner0 vocals from Psyclon Nine (from the first album). Well... at least the "original" tracks. Here comes the track featuring Fredrik Croona of Cynical Existence. As much as I find Fredrik a cool person I just HATE his vocals. SORRY... skip.

The album is very consistent. Besides some minor mixing issues it sounds actually quite good. It has some decent songs like the instrumental "Noise of Broken Souls", which brings back memories (pretty much like the A7ie release I had the chance to review - Tabula Rasa), but also it pretty much shows how this music is dated and really hasn't moved anywhere since its birth almost 10 years ago (if we say that Suicide Commando - Axis of Evil album is the birth of trance-harsh electro). I'd say fans of the music should like this album. You get 12 songs and every single one of them should work fine in a club. For me it's just a copy of a copy of a copy of a...

P.S. Actually, I just realized that this is a compilation. A BEST OF type of release... Maybe the actual albums are more varied? I guess I should check...
Sep 24 2013

Wojciech Król

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