Poison the Vicar - The Wolf
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You know, when I was first listening to Poison the Vicar’s new single ‘The Wolf’, I was fist-pumping to the beat. It’s a real-solid EBM track with punchy beats and plenty of electronic wizardry that keeps the track fresh. Such as the electro-thrash breakdown around the one-minute and thirty second mark. Plenty of other samples join the fray such as what sounds like news clippings and movie / TV quotes, general screaming and chaos, electronic experiments, and some angelic synths. So, yeah, the beat is smashing.
But the vocals are the track’s downfall. Like many other industrial / EBM musicians, Poison the Vicar can’t really sing, so he opts in for this somewhat spoken word, somewhat sung vocal style. And it’s pretty fucking awful. There’s nothing that good about it and it makes me wish that this was an instrumental, or that he used some guest vocalists. Adding to his repertoire instead of spoiling it, in a sense.
The good news is that the vocals don’t spoil the whole song. So, while I can enjoy the beat, I do so whilst wincing every once in a while throughout the song.Oct 07 2023
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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