Review Everything : Part 10 : Joseph Yerka Edition
Antibody : F.Society : 8 out of 10
I saw a post by someone on Facebook a couple weeks ago that referred to Antibody as a "relative newcomer" to the industrial scene, and I can't remember the last time I laughed that hard. Jan Laustroer, aka Antibody has been making extremely well produced dancey industrial tunes since he was 14, and he's now in his early 20s. His latest single, F.Society, features the title track, two remixes by Chainreactor and X-Rx, and a b-side track called New Age featuring TeknoVore and Against I. It is, as I expected before even clicking on it, extremely well-produced, a nice club bopper that will be sure to please dance floors around the scene, with the accompanying remixes not being too different, but enough that DJs will certainly have a preference on what to spin. I think where the single stands out, personally, is the B-Side, New Age. Antibody, for those unaware, is an instrumental act, rarely using any vocals aside from samples here and there. Adding vocals to his already stellar produced instrumentals is a recipe for success, and I would kill for him to do a full album with guest vocalists. (Like Matthew Adams from Dark Machine Nation. Please god, let this review breathe life into that idea.)
Bixlee : Selections From Crystalis : 7 out of 10
A collection of covers/remakes of an old SNK NES game? And the artist is on Tigersquawk Records, owned and operated by known meganerd from The Gothsicles, Brian Graupner? Well, that sounds like peanut butter and chocolate to me, because this is delicious. Nice, deep bassy kicks follow along synth lines that have been upgraded from 1980s Nintendo hardware to modern synthesizers, everything is clear as crystal(is) here, and you don't need to be familiar with the game or its soundtrack to enjoy the offering Bixlee has given us. A lot of the tracks are quit short, but that was just how most NES soundtracks were back in the day. Honestly, this should be in every Twitch streamer's playlist. The right amount of nostalgia with a modern oomph. Good, good stuff.
X's For Eyes : Parasomnia : 10 out of 10
And now for something different. Different how? Well, this is the first submission by a band I have no previous knowledge of. And while the last two have been rather upbeat synthy affairs, this? This is downright menacing. This is filthy. This is disgusting. Ladies and gentlemen, this *fucks.* This track drags you through an industrial metal swamp, its dirty hooks gripping you by the jaw, unrelenting in its death march through every fucking second of its 3:47 runtime. I cannot in words properly express to anyone reading this article how much I love this song. If you're a fan of Author & Punisher or sludge metal acts like Buzzoven or Weedeater, you *need* to listen to this. This is perfection. (This was also the first submission that I called dibs on when Steven and I were going through them)
Dunwich Dreams : Rise Of The Seventh Sun : 6 out of 10
And we're onto more industrial metal. Not the same variant, however, as Dunwich Dreams is more akin to a lot of early 2000s industrial metal, like A Violent Work Of Art and their ilk. And that is what this album most resembles at its core, really. A demo for one of those bands. There are a lot of callbacks to that style of music in this album that I love, but there are a fair amount of flaws. Not to say that it's bad, because it isn't, it's just unrefined. Mixing industrial metal is *hard*. Mixing raw harsh vocals is also very hard. There's something charming in just how raw this release is, with the slow grind of some tracks, the aggression of others, the blippy synths that sit unreasonably high in the mix. If you like stuff like A Violent Work Of Art or Sybreed, give this a shot.
Snowbeasts : The Endless : 9 out of 10
I loved this from the second the first four-fours kicked in. Well-produced and incredibly easy to just zone out to, I just want to slap the opening track Hunt The Hunter into every racing game I've ever played. This darkwave/industrial techno album is the soundtrack to every sexy vampire dance club you've ever seen in a movie. Where the girl in leather acts like she's gonna kiss the dude in leather, but then she bites him instead? But he's actually super into it? That's this, but in audio form. Some people might be turned off by the decently long run times of some of the tracks - only one song out of ten is under five minutes, and just barely - I fully support letting every single one of these tracks breathe.
Mechanical Vein : The Storm You Can't Contain : 9 out of 10
I'm gonna be real with you. I snagged this because of how star-studded the features on this release happen to be. Featuring dancefloor conductor Faderhead, EDMdustrial overlord Moris Blak, and everyone's favorite angry uncle Caustic, amongst others, there's definitely going to be an accomplice on the track list that you'll know. Do yourself a favor if you listen to this and make sure to do it with some good headphones or a good sound system (preferably without any neighbors around) because, my God, the bass on some of these tracks. The track with Faderhead in particular, aptly named Feel Your Noise, made me wonder is I had a g-spot in my ear canal when the growling synths rumbled through them. If you're into the current wave of EDM-tinged industrial bass music that's being popularized by Moris Blak and others, this is an absolute no-brainer. Just go fucking listen to this already.
Fat bastard/bringer of disaster behind Lights Out, God Help Me. Occasionally does things for Brutal Resonance.
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