Sunday, August 31, 2008

:Wumpscut: - Body Census

:Wumpscut: has been at the forefront of the industrial music frontier for a while now. Creating music that Rudy R. describes as 'Endziet Electro', the harshness of the music is often unsurpassed. In Body Census, we hear why, even after 17 years, :W: has remained one of the top dogs in the industrial world. Sticking to a core sound, Body Census is a malevolent creation of distorted vocals and savage beats. When listening to :W:, don't expect to get out alive. The synths are dark and gritty, and the bass is sweeping and unforgiving. This album was a staple for me in 2006, and has remained in rotation for me even still. A definite must for any fans of industrial or :W: himself.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Neurosis - Times Of Grace

Neurosis is a hard band for me to explain. I suppose that on the surface, they can be described as a industrial-tinged metal band. The vocals are strained, like many metal albums, but it's not the stereotypical 'cookie monster growl' of many groups. Instead, the lead singer sounds more like a person yelling at a estranged lover, and he had been doing so for hours. Now that that's out of the way, the difficult part of explaining Neurosis comes up. The music itself is amazingly complex, and the songs are unabashedly long. Some songs push up to 10 minutes in length. Of course, those are the 'actual' songs. Sprinkled between hard core riffs and grungey guitars are 3 to 4 minute interludes, most atmospheric and dark. All in all, this album is like metal wrapped up in an extremely colorful blanket of switcheroos and complexity.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Front Line Assembly - Millenium

If you've been keeping tabs on the various FLA I've uploaded, you will have one of dance industrial and one of more complex electronica. In this album, which made it's debut in the 90's, they experiment with industrial metal. Heavy guitar riffs combined with aggressive electronic sounds creates a very pleasing aural experience. Songs like 'Division Of Mind' and 'Vigilante' show just how hard this album can be. The guitars here are more intense than they are speedy, so don't expect some sort of Dragonforce metal here. Instead, look for a more Obituary type of sound, where the metal is slow but heavy. All in all, a very desirable album, and a must have for any FLA fan.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Icon Of Coil - Serenity Is The Devil

Serenity Is The Devil, lead by Andy LaPlegua, who also does the electronic industrial acts Combichrist and Scandy, is a futurepop album with an aggressive edge. In IOC's debut full-length album, you will experience electronic dance music in its purist form. Andy does a great job creating a dancey type of music, and it is evident in almost all of the songs. Fiction, Shallow Nation, Floorkiller... All of them deliver the dance music you're looking for. But we can also hear the more delicate, introspective sounds of the group in the song Situations Like These. This was a landmark album in the futurepop genre, and perhaps one of the best out there. Highly recommended.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Armored Saint - Revolution

All you hungry for some classic metal, I've got some for ya, right here. Armored Saint, established 1982, is one of the most underrated bands in the classic metal scene, in my opinion. Perhaps you know of Anthrax? Yeah, everybody knows Anthrax. Well, some of the Saints had played in Anthrax, such as vocalist John Bush, when AS disbanded in the early 90's. But in 2000, they came back, great as ever, with this album: Revelation. A lovely piece of metal, this album is taking it back to the roots of the classics. Heavy guitars, mad drumming, and Bush's unmistakable vocals create an amazing listening experience. A definite must for all metal fans. Listen to what came before metal as we know it; listen to Armored Saint.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Sebadoh - Harmacy

Hailing from Westfield, Massachusetts, Sebadoh is a rock outfit that plays good low-fi indie rock. The music on this album is erratic, switching intensity in a heartbeat, such as the hard-rock"Crystal Gypsy" to the mellow "Willing to Wait". This isn't to say that the music doesn't all have a central theme. To the contrary, the music seems to have a core sound to it, one that is unique to this album itself. Certainly an album to check out if you're a fan of any type of rock.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Low - Things We Lost In The Fire

Very few albums can even touch this one. Low has always been known for their slow, sad songs, and Things We Lost is perhaps their most accessible one, and definitely the best one to start off with. The lead singer and female backup vocalist are just haunting with their voices. A few songs on here are so beautifully crafted they send shivers down my spine. Another thing to note is the slow, steady pace of the music. I believe the technical term for Low's genre is 'sadcore' or 'slowcore', but I just call it 'amazing'. This is an album that is truly an essential for any music lover. A++.

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Retrosic - Nightcrawler

I have yet another treat for all you industrial fans, and that treat is Nightcrawler. The Retrosic's latest album is chock full of all kinds of EBM goodies, perfect for the danceclub regular. This isn't to say that it doesn't have a unique sound. In fact, the grittyness and rawness of this album create a very individual kind of music, one that has been done by a master of industrial dance. One can also sense a type of breakbeat influence in there as well, and perhaps even a little guitar every once in a while. But one thing's for sure: The Retrosic, from introspective Silence to the gritty hardcore that is The Lucky Ones, is a necessary addition to every industrial fan.