Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks
Dark Electro, Harsh EBM This first thing that jumps out at you when listening to this album is that it appears that Van Roy has looked to his early works for inspiration when constructing this album. There is somewhat of a departure from the traditional Harsh EBM sound that Van Roy wrote the original blueprint for. This sound has been cloned over and over again, and very badly in many instances, by a hoard of forgettable projects/bands. It's not a radical shift from his more recent albums, but enough of a pleasant surprise to make the album just that little more of an interesting listen.

The tracks "Cut Bleed Eviscerat"e, "Repent or Perish", and "Monster" are definite strong echoes of vintage Suicide Commando. The inclusion of a very nicely reworked version of the classic "Time" is Van Roy's acknowledgement of that.

However, there is enough here to please the avid dance floor Terror EBM fan also. The tracks "In Guns We Trust", and, "Unterwelt", fall very nicely into this category. Although not quite in the same league as his benchmark track "Hellraiser", they are still very well constructed tracks in their own right and work excellently as dance floor material.

The single "Attention Whore" is probably the most conservative track on the album comparing it to the rest of the tracks on the album as a cohesive whole. The album ebbs and flows effortlessly; more so than any release since the 2000 release 'Mindstrip'. To wrap up, a very solid album indeed!
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Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks

This first thing that jumps out at you when listening to this album is that it appears that Van Roy has looked to his early works for inspiration when constructing this album. There is somewhat of a departure from the traditional Harsh EBM sound that Van Roy wrote the original blueprint for. This sound has been cloned over and over again, and very badly in many instances, by a hoard of forgettable projects/bands. It's not a radical shift from his more recent albums, but enough of a pleasant surprise to make the album just that little more of an interesting listen.

The tracks "Cut Bleed Eviscerat"e, "Repent or Perish", and "Monster" are definite strong echoes of vintage Suicide Commando. The inclusion of a very nicely reworked version of the classic "Time" is Van Roy's acknowledgement of that.

However, there is enough here to please the avid dance floor Terror EBM fan also. The tracks "In Guns We Trust", and, "Unterwelt", fall very nicely into this category. Although not quite in the same league as his benchmark track "Hellraiser", they are still very well constructed tracks in their own right and work excellently as dance floor material.

The single "Attention Whore" is probably the most conservative track on the album comparing it to the rest of the tracks on the album as a cohesive whole. The album ebbs and flows effortlessly; more so than any release since the 2000 release 'Mindstrip'. To wrap up, a very solid album indeed! May 14 2013

Stefan Davey

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