System:FX - Twentyfirst Century
Electro-Industrial, EBM System:FX are a duo performing straight out of London, and with their electro based music fused with electronic guitars, they are ready to spit fire down your necks to feel the full ferocity of their anger. Some people use writing to vent, others talk, some punch things, and System:FXdecided to use rage filled music to use as their stress relievers. Plus, the band already has points, for one of the bands member's is named Steve, and my name is Steve, so, we practically already have a connection.

However, off of my narcissism, and onto the actual music, I found the beats to all the songs very enjoyable. As I said, they fuse electronic industrial with electronic guitars, but what's grand about this is that the guitars never take the main stage. Which is great, because a lot of the times people will want to be industrial, and then start using their guitar, and then the guitar will take the main stage, and I'll just sit there and say, "This sounds like shit." But, in fact, I'm sitting here and saying, "This does not sound anything like shit."

Now, the guitars are okay, nothing fantastic about them, but the electro beats filled and flowing in each song are wonderful. They never let up, and have me bobbing my feet as I lay in my bed not wanting to get up to the morning sun.

I even enjoyed some of the sounds they put into their songs, such as the police sirens contained within "21st Century". It really did a good job of setting a theme, or a vibe for the songs, just continually adding onto all the delicious concepts already weaved into each and every single one of the tracks.

Now, if there are any complaints to be had, which I do have, it would probably fall on the vocals. You see, I mainly listened to the songs because of the beats that accompanied them, but definitely did not enjoy the singing too much. It sounds monotone throughout the EP, and are paradoxically light when compared to the beats.

While the beats never cease to stop raging on and on, the vocals just are way too kind. The lyrics are inflammatory, which is great, it's just the actual singing that needs to be improved. I'm not sure how, but I doubt that distortion is the way to go. What I think needs to happen is that the lead vocalist just needs to sounds extremely pissed when recording his voice for these songs, for then they would be absolutely fucking amazing.

And, so, I come to my conclusion. System:FX does a great job of creating these guitar-electronic fused beats, with sounds ranging from police sirens to warning bells, and even samples, and when combined together, everything just sounds great. The vocals, in my opinion, do need work. But that's something that can easily be taken care of; I am definitely keeping this album on my playlist, and I'm also looking forward to what System:FX will bring me next.
4
Brutal Resonance

System:FX - Twentyfirst Century

7.5
"Good"
N/A
Electroracle
Released off label 2013
System:FX are a duo performing straight out of London, and with their electro based music fused with electronic guitars, they are ready to spit fire down your necks to feel the full ferocity of their anger. Some people use writing to vent, others talk, some punch things, and System:FXdecided to use rage filled music to use as their stress relievers. Plus, the band already has points, for one of the bands member's is named Steve, and my name is Steve, so, we practically already have a connection.

However, off of my narcissism, and onto the actual music, I found the beats to all the songs very enjoyable. As I said, they fuse electronic industrial with electronic guitars, but what's grand about this is that the guitars never take the main stage. Which is great, because a lot of the times people will want to be industrial, and then start using their guitar, and then the guitar will take the main stage, and I'll just sit there and say, "This sounds like shit." But, in fact, I'm sitting here and saying, "This does not sound anything like shit."

Now, the guitars are okay, nothing fantastic about them, but the electro beats filled and flowing in each song are wonderful. They never let up, and have me bobbing my feet as I lay in my bed not wanting to get up to the morning sun.

I even enjoyed some of the sounds they put into their songs, such as the police sirens contained within "21st Century". It really did a good job of setting a theme, or a vibe for the songs, just continually adding onto all the delicious concepts already weaved into each and every single one of the tracks.

Now, if there are any complaints to be had, which I do have, it would probably fall on the vocals. You see, I mainly listened to the songs because of the beats that accompanied them, but definitely did not enjoy the singing too much. It sounds monotone throughout the EP, and are paradoxically light when compared to the beats.

While the beats never cease to stop raging on and on, the vocals just are way too kind. The lyrics are inflammatory, which is great, it's just the actual singing that needs to be improved. I'm not sure how, but I doubt that distortion is the way to go. What I think needs to happen is that the lead vocalist just needs to sounds extremely pissed when recording his voice for these songs, for then they would be absolutely fucking amazing.

And, so, I come to my conclusion. System:FX does a great job of creating these guitar-electronic fused beats, with sounds ranging from police sirens to warning bells, and even samples, and when combined together, everything just sounds great. The vocals, in my opinion, do need work. But that's something that can easily be taken care of; I am definitely keeping this album on my playlist, and I'm also looking forward to what System:FX will bring me next. Apr 19 2013

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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