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Commit Samantha - The Fallen (song review) |self-released, 2016| 4/5 alternative rock

Mixing alternative rock with exotic sounds always gives a song an intriguing atmosphere. This is exactly the sonic idea behind 'The Fallen', written by the Bostonian quintet working together as Commit Samantha. 'The Fallen' is a multi-layered track with many instrumental parts placed in sync, which are wisely distributed within a less complex composition. Fans of Godsmack, Tool, Alice in Chains or Stone Temple Pilots (but not only) should get in gear with this vibe right away.

Initially however, listeners will be gently guided into the song with said exotic vibe, where the only dominant element is a beat played on a hand drum. The voice of Kon, which comes next is characterized by a nice & light, masculine timbre. The vocals are nicely balanced, distanced and a bit detached in a non-emotional way, except for a few tense moments where the musicians scream all together.
The deep drums (Mike Stanislovitis), bass (Grant Harris), and guitars build an advanced structure for the song, exposing the listeners to its entirety within the next four minutes. The band has two lead guitar players in the current line-up: Jeff Peck and Mark Gorman; this allows for a wide variety of guitar riffs performed simultaneously. All musicians play their respective parts very well. It should be also mentioned that Commit Samantha invited Casey Young (who programmed & toured with YES) to layer an additional texture into their song.

The lyrical idea behind the track is an unattached analysis of Biblical Judas – the possible reasons behind his decisions, emphasizing destiny's path, default directions, and similar philosophical & spiritual issues. To quote a part of the lyrics: “We the chosen few / What more can we do / The future has begun / A truth we can't outrun” (…) "No choice in the matter / It's perfectly clear / The pathway is chosen / No innocence here.” Despite the subject matter, it's not Christian music at all.

'The Fallen' brings an intellectual (rather than rebellious) mood, which definitely helps with focusing on individual instrumental parts. The whole track was mixed by Pete Doell at Universal Music, based on the band's own studio recordings. The song however still feels like a cleaner version of a live recording due to the additional ambiance - the sound 'leaks' slightly, thus possibly causing some purists to sniff disapprovingly. It's not a biggie though, since the arrangements clearly speak in favour of the band's creative potential.
Make sure you give Commit Samantha constructive feedback via their social profiles, see them live during the incoming shows, and buy their music. This should encourage the band to continue on their enlightened path of creative & philosophical escapism.

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Encyclopedia, February 23rd, 2017. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=591

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Malice Machine – Digital Scars |self-released, 2017| 5/5 industrial rock, industrial metal

1. Welcome to the Machine, 2. My Virus, 3. We Breed Insects, 4. Venom Me, 5. Digital Christ, 6. Defect, 7. Only the Void, 8. Slave Nation, 9. Infest, 10. End of Everything, 11. My Virus (Alternate Version), 12. Stripped, 13. N.W.O

Industrial rock and metal music (called 'old-school' these days) fell out of the mainstream after Y2K. Due to this, die hard fans of these genres have had a difficulty finding many releases which could satisfy their picky tastes. Luckily however, the NYC duo behind Malice Machine (Ammo - drums, drum programing, artwork; Sepsis - guitar, vocals, bass, programming, songwriting, production, mastering) got inspired by both the 1990s guitar-driven industrial sounds and modern electro/darkwave vibes. A great quality blend of these appears on their Digital Scars album released in 2017.

'Welcome to the Machine' is the first of three cover songs here, originally released by Pink Floyd. As the album intro, it perfectly suits the purpose since it's the shortest yet the most seductive track. Its slowly pulsating tempo allows listeners to calm down, before they enter the heart of the Machine. Factory-like beats and emotional guitars bring a variety of emotions such as love, longing and sadness – all expressed towards the device.

Most industrial musicians frequently pick up topics for their songs related to contamination, radiation, global epidemics, and a zombie-like apocalypse - probably inspired by the slew of 1980 & 90's horror s/f movies with these themes. Two versions of 'My Virus' appear on the album, but they don't differ much. The song is characterized by catchy choruses and melodious arrangements with the addition of edgy guitar riffs. It also sounds like Ammo & Sepsis were inspired here by KMFDM and Sasha Konietzko's voice. To put it bluntly, 'My Virus' is the first potential breakaway hit on the tracklist.

'We Breed Insects' is a truly mighty industrial metal piece, moving listeners deeply. The slow tempo amps up the heaviness of the sound here. The song's atmosphere brings to mind the image of a hidden predator tracking its prey from a hideout, then jumping out to hunt it down. The vocals are distorted, even screamed at times, and they often open up space for instrumental parts to shine. Amazing guitar riffs in the second part of the track are followed by and contrasted with an intriguing synth arrangement which gives the sensation of relief or success (in reference to the predator suggested above).

'Venom Me' is the second hit song on Digital Scars and will surely please industrial metal fans, specifically those in love with bands such as Ministry, Bile, or N17 amongst others. The song's mood feels very aggressive, and the rhythm is fast. The arrangements sit tightly within the composition, while the sound of guitars is angry, with riffs entwined with more accented bass lines. Finally, Sepsis' vocals are almost growled, matching the instruments really well.

There's something sexual going on at the beginning of 'Digital Christ', as you may judge by female moans ending in a climax. The vibrant, goa-trance-like drum beats programmed by Ammo dictate the rhythm and support Sepsis' vile vocals. The underlined beats, danceable dynamics, easily memorable lyrics, cold synths, and edgy guitar riffs make the track another instant hit.

The dark and droning intro for 'Defect' is followed by predatory guitar riffs which additionally spin up the already tense dynamics. Invasive drums are entangled with harsh, slightly distorted vocals. A single, high pitched guitar line over rhythm guitars found at the end of the track creates an attractive contrast. Careful listeners may associate this song's specific vibe with early works of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails.

'Only The Void' is another industrial metal track with strong electro & goa-trance influences that utilizes both heavier guitar riffs and synths. The song's chorus is memorable, but the vocals fade away a bit behind the synth & drums. 'Slave Nation' is a potential hit as well, and certainly a must-have if you like spinning around inside a spiral of sounds. The track is full of looped heavy guitar riffs, darkwave synths, and industrial noises, all wrapped up into melodic arrangements and a danceable rhythm.

'Infest' in its entirety can help purging personal demons very well. As many NIN fans may recognize, the opening drum part is a straight-forward tribute to the band that brought industrial rock into the mainstream in the 90s. The song deals an aggressive, aroused vibe from the very beginning, which is then supported with a lovely wall of sounds in the third part of the composition, and followed by a neat tempo slow-down. The arrangements are spiced up with guitar riffs that the majority of industrial metal fans should admire at once.

On a different note, 'End of Everything' may be a real teaser/pleaser for lovers of electro-industrial and darkwave. Bouncy beats encourage listeners to dance without hesitation, but if you dislike dancing, this track is great for an intense fitness workout too. Skillfully written arrangements are equally distributed within the entire composition, leaving enough space for both lyrics and instrumental parts.

The original synth-driven song 'Stripped' was written by Depeche Mode. Once it became a global hit, many other bands challenged themselves to make cover versions. Malice Machine turned the track into an angry industrial rock piece through metal riffs, strongly accented drums, and twisted vocals, but obviously keeping the original song's notable attributes.

The album ends with the last cover song - Ministry's 'N.W.O.' Malice Machine's version doesn't alter the track too much, probably to keep its famous, genuine vibe alive. Honestly, we should be thankful for such very few sound manipulations here - every industrial music fan who sees the 'N.W.O' title will actually hear in their head a replaying memory of the iconic looped chorus: 'a new world order'. It would probably be risky to 'desecrate' it ;)

Some people worship gods, but these two musicians faithfully praise the Machine. Thirteen compositions which make for a 1 hour long album are filled with a variety of angry, dehumanized, industrialized, and 'math-mechanical' arrangements. Therefore, Digital Scars may help younger listeners discover primary industrial rock/metal characteristics, but also easily identify with some emotions brought by the classic sounds present on this release. Older fans, tired of spinning the same industrial albums over and over again, may find a few new sonic gems here. In any case, make sure you buy this release, since it is definitely worth the price of admission. Only with your help can the duo break through the corroded walls of a forgotten and largely unsupported scene and continue expressing their passion for 'the Machine' by releasing another set of songs sometime soon.

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Encyclopedia, February 21st, 2017. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=590

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Merrin - Sin (song review) |self-released, single, 2016| 5/5 blues, rock

Merrin entered 2017 with a new line-up as well as a bit of a changed sound, yet they've kept all former innuendos within both music and lyrics. The melody of their brand new track 'Sin' sounds very radio-friendly - as much as that of the band's previous song, 'Mr. Dominant' (which was later supported by a steamy, high quality music video single - find it on YouTube).

‘Sin’ opens with a blues'n'rock guitar riff (by Karl Wootton) and a gently jingled tambourine. They are then followed by the bold, cheeky, and instantly memorable voice of Charlie Phillips. Having a golden asset like this means it will always allow the singer to contribute to a variety of genres with success. When drums (by Richard Maxwell Jr) and bass (by Logan Wood, the new member) join next, they bring up a steady line of dynamics, and therefore leave no doubts that the track is an insta-hit. Guitars are reinforced by the other new member, Angelo Pantelakis (on lead guitar).

When it comes to arrangements, it seems they were written with a classical rock'n'blues structure in mind. Verses and choruses are easy enough to remember from the first listening for a proper sing-along with the vocalist. This obviously makes 'Sin' accessible for the majority of listeners around the world and definitely makes it fun during live performances. The song's composition is also not too complicated, with said arrangements distributed throughout evenly and an occasional guitar twist to shake the relaxed rhythm up a bit. All musicians here perform their parts dynamically. Again, Charlie's dominating alto entangles with all instrumental tracks, vibrating nicely within, and thus boosting every sound.

The mood and energy here are confident, direct, open, and positive. The down to earth lyrics talk of an episode in a shady bar: a woman drinks tequila, meets a man, then they both follow an increasing desire to know each other better and deeper. Yet it seems this event leaves her feeling guilty when she sobers up: “See this half empty bottle, holds bad memories / Head face down in the dirt / Cos I’m addicted to the misery / Like a fallen angel”.

'Sin' clocks in at 3 minutes and its length along with the catchy vibe make it a great fit for lots of music opportunities in need of a strong, melodic accent. The song is currently only released and available to buy on tour for Merrin's fans, however it'll be globally available with a complete music video around June 2017. Merrin plans on playing a few performances in New Zealand (where the band originates from) this year. Make sure to check out their official website & Facebook page for the schedule.

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Encyclopedia, February 15th, 2017. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=589

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State of Being - Signs (song review) |self-released, The Misinformation Age, 2016| 4/5 electronic/rock

State of Being are an electronic-industrial rock band from Cleveland, OH. I met them on Myspace in 2005 when social networking, self-promotion, and HTML customization were not only allowed, but also actually fun. SOB released their debut album in 1995, followed by an EP and three other full length releases until 2005. They played a variety of US shows back then, supporting well known industrial rock acts such as Pigface, My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult, or Kill Hannah. However, as many die hard industrial fans may admit, industrial rock music started fading away after Y2K. Therefore, Christopher Foldi (the founder) put the band on hiatus for 10 years, occasionally producing remixes and playing with his new band Frigid Touch.

Industrial music hasn't returned to its mainstream position since then, but nowadays bands can find better on-line opportunities to promote and sell their songs. It seems that this encouraged Christopher to resurrect SOB by focusing on lighter electronic music, and give it a shot by releasing 'The Misinformation Age' - a new album in 2017.
The nine brand new songs were inspired by: the increasing divide between the darkness and the light within human civilization, provocative media, political & religious manipulations ('fake news'), attempts of stealing & destroying the land of indigenous people (the Standing Rock protests) - just to mention a few sources. Despite such alarming themes, the music on the album is free of distress.

As an example, the fifth song on the tracklist (entitled 'Signs') brings deep bouncy beats mixed with a steam release-like sound, and a low-profile guitar. Foldi's vocals, fitting within these arrangements very well, can be recognized by any careful listener who heard him sing before. His voice holds pessimistic and optimistic timbres at the same time, with one in 'control' and balancing the other. The dark tone is something you can find in goth & darkwave vocals, the more positive one fits pop music.
Both verses and choruses are extremely catchy, which should make it easy even for a child to sing along. In addition, the unstoppable drum beats are wisely contrasted with pitched synth sounds. The idea to prevent sameness is remarkable here, because it's well known that human ears find sonic contrasts entertaining. All this makes 'Signs' a highly danceable track supported by colorful, vibrant dynamics. An interesting, perhaps cartoon-like video could be made to illustrate the song further.

All these 'signs' and shifts we've been witnessing on many recent occasions speak for our world's re-design and they will certainly awake those who are still spiritually asleep. We all know one truth however - the light will prevail in the end. If you feel overwhelmed by the gloom seen on the TV, then perhaps listening to this song may brighten your mind for four and a half minutes.

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Encyclopedia, February 15th, 2017. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=92

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Hendrik Jan Vermeulen - Krieg |self-released, 2016| 4/5, spoken word, in memoriam

01. Der Krieg, 02. Präsentiermarsch, 03. Sankt Michel, 04. Lazarett, 05. Visé, 06. Ein toter Mensch, 7. Brüder, 08. Handgranatenwerfer, 09. Im Feldkwartier auf hartem Stein, 10. Der Hohenfriedberger, 11. Angriff, 12. Schwerverwundet, 13. Totentanz 1916, 14. 1917, 15. Im Osten, 16. Abschied, 17. Totensignal

Artists get inspired by a variety of things including, but not limited to legends, dreams, events, personal experiences, or futuristic visions. The Dutch guitarist, music teacher, and founder of Krieg – Hendrik Jan Vermeulen - dedicated the entire Krieg1916 project to his late great-uncle Bernhard Kronauer who fought as a soldier of the German Army and died in the eastern parts of Galicia (present Ukraine) in 1916. The Krieg album was released a 100 years after Kronauer's death.
The music here becomes a complementary background for carefully chosen, early 20th century poetry created by various poets, who also did military service during WWI. Undoubtedly, German-speaking listeners will be pleased by both verbal and instrumental content interlacing on this release.

Most of the 17 songs are short, often clocking under 2 minutes. 'Der Krieg' is a perfect representative of the whole collection, with a high, young female voice begins a spoken poem - an apocalyptic and prophetic tale of a wrathful War God (written by Georg Heym in 1911). The young orator (Franca Ley) is then joined by a lower and less expressive masculine voice (Frank Fiedler). Finally, a cold, haunting ambient sound rises in the background, giving the track an uncanny feel. This leads to the interlude entitled 'Preußischer Präsentiermarsch', which brings an uplifting and slightly 'aged', war propaganda-like melody (as found in many Nazi movies), possibly preparing imaginary soldiers for marching off into war.

A beautiful, almost magical guitar melody opens the next song - 'Sankt Michel', where listeners get the first impression of Heiko Schmidt's vocals. This male singer and actor from Cologne owns an extremely intriguing voice, the timbre which resembles a female alto. The musical arrangements match the poem perfectly here, as it's performed expressively through necessary dramatization, creating several memorable moments.
'Lazarett' is the first song on the tracklist kept in a slightly goth-rock vibe with additional drums and bass instrumentation. While the freely swinging guitar riff brings freshness, Heiko's dramatic recitation of Wilhelm Klemm's poem gives the heart a much desired thrill. Later, the delicate sonic background of 'Visé' (based on graded guitar accords) becomes a great fit for the warm and distinctive voice of a different, female singer - Charlotte Illinger. Krieg1916 collaborates with many artists, musicians (including Vermeulen's family members), and technicians, with everyone involved getting full credit on the project's official website.

'Ein toter Mensch' is a short track, purely based on spoken poetry. It is then followed by 'Brüder' - a melodious and instantly memorable composition. Heinrich Lersch's poem is delivered by Heiko Schmidt again, and a melancholic mood comes from the guitar, though rhythmic bass and drums lines prevent extensive mourning from taking over. The song (the title of which is German for 'Brothers') while dedicated to all soldiers, wasn't written to glorify mass murder through warfare, but to emphasize the importance of living in peace and mutual tolerance.

The freezing, yet beautifully snowy atmosphere of 'Handgranatenwerfer' was created with simple sounds of synth and guitar. They repeat in the background throughout the entire track, dominated by the early 20th century poem written by Anton Schnack. Another short acoustic song ('Im Feldkwartier auf hartem Stein') is supported by a solo guitar melody. Together with the vocal interpretation it may suggest that the performer (Hugo Luyten) tried to bring a positive vibration of hope to soldiers who would impatiently expect the war's end, rather than the arrival of new combat orders. 'Der Hohenfriedberger' is an instrumental composition carrying the motif of victory through an uplifting mood and arrangements typical for an anthem, performed with a high-pitched guitar, quiet bass, and drum cymbals.

The 'Angriff' poem by Kurt Heynicke becomes the leitmotif of the next track, where a delicate piano arrangement creates the only background. It's enough though, because the masculine voice (H. Schmidt) recites the poem with an entire spectrum of emotions, making for a desired retrospective insight. It's then followed by 'Schwerverwundet', which begins on a positive note with expressive tones of an acoustic guitar and equally dedicated female vocals (Janina Raguse) getting an angelic vibe later on. The mood and voice may suggest she depicts the spirit of a Virtue drifting over a battlefield, searching for those who were severely wounded or dying, to transfer their souls to a better place.

Verses used in 'Totentanz 1916' were written by the German Dadaist and sound poem pioneer Hugo Ball, who was rejected when he applied to join the army due to his medical condition. Ball's anti-war sarcasm gave him the label of a 'traitor', forcing him to flee to Switzerland, where he successfully continued working as part of the Dada movement by co-founding Cabaret Voltaire. The song is enriched with percussive, wake-up sounds calling out to action. The following track ('1917') starts with an uplifting, acoustic guitar part. The skilfully written composition is equally shared between the story-telling vocals (reciting the poem by Carl Zuckmayer) and soothing arrangements, additionally supported with an electric guitar soloing later on.

'Im Osten' brings as melancholic mood as sad the life story of the poem's author is. Georg Trakl was an Austrian expressionist, working as a pharmacist and medical official, who suffered from post-war depression that eventually led him to cocaine overdose and death in a military hospital in Krakow, Poland. Since Trakl died in late autumn, the imagery of falling snow comes to mind again, thanks to delicate guitar and synth sounds wrapped into slow rhythm arrangements and enriched with matching male vocals.
Countering this mood is 'Abschied' - the only pure rock piece here, starting with a soloing guitar, then joined by bass, drums, and male vocals reciting a poem by Alfred Lichtenstein. He could foresee his own death in this prophetic writing, completed just a few weeks before he was killed on a French battleground. This and 'Brüder' could work great with a music video with screenplays based on existing historical material.

Finally, the instrumental 'Totensignal' brings the end of the tracklist on an epic, peaceful note with a 'rest in peace' motif. No eulogy is necessary however, as the guitar gives an emotional tribute to the late soldier. It could be performed at Bernhard Kronauer's funeral, if only his body was found.

Even though there are historical traces hinting at Hendrik Jan's great-uncle's last location, there's no grave to be visited. Krieg, an in-memoriam work of art, is a gift from a family member who despite never having a chance to meet or know more about his ancestor, got inspired enough with the story of his life to write music, curate a selection of war poems, and engage talented performers to combine these two elements into a solid unity. The songs of Krieg will be presented at various events and radio shows starting in January 2017. Many European countries hit by WWI and WWII celebrate their rise from ashes every year, so there should be many opportunities to present these pieces to a wider public, perhaps accompanied by a theatrical performances on the historical subject as well.

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Encyclopedia, December 30th, 2016. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=588

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Toby Poynter - The Comeback (song review) |self-released, album, 2016| 5/5 alt-rock

Toby Poynter lives for music and expresses his pure soul by making emotionally charged, rhythmic songs. When you screen his past music-related achievements, you'll spot that he feels about writing and performing alt-rock songs the best these days, yet he listenes to all kinds of music - from The Beatles to Bon Iver. Therefore, he didn't shy away from playing grunge and funk with a few other bands back in the 1990s.

'The Comeback' was recorded in Sweden and is an alt-rock track speaking of a love relationship's end. The author gave the song a light, romantic mood despite of the theme - which, when personally experienced, may turn some people to grieving. The vibe gives the idea of a diplomatic farewell, not followed by hating, bullying, and burning bridges.

Technically, there no sneaky intro here, but the verse comes in instantly after a short, buzzy guitar riff. A rhythmic bass line and a drum beat join the guitars - the latter sounds dirty at times for a good reason, considering some old good grunge references. The melody instantly roots itself in your brain thanks to the track's catchy pop-based chorus: “Don't come back anymore”, which repeats quite often and is supported with male backing vocals. Toby's voice is characteristic, at times raspy, at times high enough to handle the required pitch. He's a self-taught singer and composer - his voice might be influenced by voices of the original grunge scene - Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) or Chris Cornell (Soundgarden). It's also noticeable that Poynter's singing had improved a lot since the 90s thanks to many years of practice.

The unquestionable strength of his music - the songwriting - allows Toby for expressing the call of his heart. The composition here was thought-out carefully with all possible parts filled by matching arrangements, and never choking on anything. The arrangements sound memorable, however not unique - they were fitted for the vibe loved by alt-rock aficionados, though they do make this song tight and vital overall, thanks to their placement. Even the ending moment doesn't weigh the track down as it sounds just as one could only wish it to be - the rhythm, instruments, and arrangements gradually stop.

'The Comeback' is one of the Poynter's newest productions. It seems to be a candidate for a fuller tracklist of a yet-to-be released album; make sure you follow Toby on Facebook to get fresh updates about his recording process. The song is a potential hit, and is already being played on various radio stations. Obviously, certain demographics and entertainment branches are on a lookout for such a vibe, but it depends on how the author wishes to have his song used. It's a necessary part of a healthy mind to release an emotion out of one’s heart sometimes, yet it won't hurt to reach out to a larger audience and get paid for your creative skills turned into making others feel good. Finally, do watch 'A New Beginning' - his other, professionally recorded music video single available on YouTube.

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Encyclopedia, December 4th, 2016)
Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=587

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Dumb Hole – Bravest of the Galaxy |SCHÄF Records, album, 2016| 5/5 alternative rock

1. Somebody, 2. I'm Ready, 3. Invincibles, 4. Now I See, 5. She's All My Love, 6. Dancing Without Sound, 7. Killing for Love, 8. Proud of You, 9. Deadline, 10. A Free Old Man

These days, human civilization is greatly divided not only due to skin color, location, financial status or music taste. It's now about a pure vibrational friction between the heart-driven truth seekers and the brain-based manipulators, considering that the human brain is more receptive to fears and illusions. When there's an attempt to tame the vibration of truth, people feel it and revolutions are ignited. This can be already observed world-wide: manifestations, and individual re-valuations of every aspect of one's life. It's not an exclusive 'mid-life crisis' anymore, but an Awakening that touches every age group.

With Bravest of the Galaxy we get a new album which addresses the topic of revolutions really well. Leonardo Guzman (vocals, guitars) and Magnus Almqvist (drums) – the Swedish/Argentinian duo working under the name Dumb Hole channeled the rebellion’s vibe into ten dynamic songs. Bravest of the Galaxy includes several songs that will instantly get you hooked thanks to their upbeat tempo and sound.
These musicians don't wish to make you wonder whether they're good with their instruments. 'Somebody', the album opener, already offers amazing drum play aligned with guitars and vocals. Since there's no bass in the band, the drum kit has been set up carefully to compensate that lack. Not only is the song immediately memorable but its production is professional and lets its dynamics bloom. The performers want you to open your eyes and stand up for your own truth, rebelling actively.

Are you ready for a change if the song put you in a proper mood? The band teases - 'I'm Ready', then fires up with another rocking tune. This song speaks of breaking free from capitalism and overcoming related societal fears. It's supported by a slightly anxious tempo, though the overall mood is light. Almqvist again delivers his drumming, on par with the likes of Marco Minnemann, for example. The composition is rather traditional for both rock and pop genres, and consists of well written arrangements. 'I'm Ready' includes also more aggressive moments, which definitely spice up the overall atmosphere.

Guzman's a fan of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Queen among others. You can hear that in 'Invincibles', with the 1970s rock feel in the beginning, though a bit later the added guitar effect gives it a fresher, more modern vibe. In contrast to the previous songs however, the vocals and heavier, groovy guitars are accented much more than drums. The song has many instrumental moments which bring a nice balance to the composition. 'Invincibles' speaks of humans as an invading species – in the eyes of ETs, we're aliens after all. The band brings an awareness to the fact that if humans desire to colonize Mars and other planets, there's a serious threat to any local, original life forms (and ETs' sacred sites). They could be destroyed due to our disrespectful conquest, just as we had proved our arrogance towards indigenous inhabitants of many regions on our own planet.

In many families, there's often a power struggle between father and son. It becomes more evident when the son grows up and begins noticing unfair, outdated rules and regulations imposed not only on him, but the rest of the family too. 'Now I See' speaks of psychological abuse of power by masculine members of a family. The vibe is touching with its mood full of resentment and reproachfulness. The vocals are much higher here, while the drums and guitars are tightly packed at times.

'She's All My Love' is all about playing fast, loud, and intensively. The song has very high dynamics - also in terms of the subject, as it speaks of a man falling in love with a prostitute, and obviously not being happy in that relationship. The track illustrates many shifts and stormy moments, perfectly bringing up the picture of how rough and twisted this couple can be with each other. Therefore, listeners may literally imagine them arguing, throwing items on the floor, the man spying on the woman during her working hours, etc. Since the song doesn't end with a strong accent but the swirling guitar arrangement continues, listeners may suspect the couple decided to purge their karmic connection further.

'Dancing Without Sound' has the 90s rock feel with both dominating, raspy guitars and softer moments within the composition too. The song is a potential hit thanks to its encouraging atmosphere but also a smoothly flowing rhythm. Moreover, prominent vocals let the singer be remembered and recognized.

Tense bass and assaulting guitars along with dynamic drum beats begin the next song - 'Killing for Love'. The chorus eases the built up tension, is memorable, and makes the song a potential hit. The emotion brought by the song, and the must-see official video single is related to manipulative attempts of so called 'Cabal' to control and terrorize people, to weaken and force them into making desirable choices, since non-conformity is unacceptable. It always triggers dramatic events world-wide because there's usually a bigger agenda behind it all, organized by politicians, Catholic and Islamic religions, and also negative aliens, according to conspiracy theorists.

'Proud of You' speaks of the problem of giving up one's passions due to becoming a parent. Like the previous songs, it brings tension and changing moods. Many tempo switches can be found here along with tightly packed drum beats and vocals. It's a great track for movies thanks to its storytelling qualities. The following 'Deadline' brings more noise within arrangements depicting lives of drug addicts while they navigate between fixes. In spite of this dark topic, the song is melodious and instantly memorable. Progressive rock fans may find some interesting instrumental references to the sound of Rush here.

The last track, 'A Free Old Man' is a mix of a few sibling genres including rock, industrial, and alternative. It is melodic and memorable but by no means simplistic. It’s the longest on the album and consists of several wisely intersected parts. The track begins with a melancholic, 'farewell' tune, but a dense combo of arrangements and speed comes into play with time, making for a nice contrast between the varied sections.

Bravest of the Galaxy is an emotionally charged album set within an uplifting, dynamic atmosphere, usually aimed at listeners in their 20s and 30s. No composition on here will make listeners feel like saying 'damn, we're doomed!' despite the song topics. The tracks were composed to trigger listeners to stand up for what their hearts resonate the best with. The writing on the album is clearly Dumb Hole's forte; the compositions vary acoustically, avoiding ear fatigue, yet all arrangements are professionally distributed within tracks to make the listening experience enjoyable. On top of that, since every song tells a different story, the arrangements mirror the emotions contained within the song motives; if it’s about difficult love, there's confusion; personal problems cause sonic tension; an addiction is linked with a 'noisy' mind, and so on. This mastery should help the band draw interest from those interested in TV music licensing, ads, radio airplay, audiobooks and many other creative media. Do support the band's efforts and buy their album ASAP!

(Reviewer: Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, Fabryka Industrial Rock & Metal Enclyclopedia, November 21st, 2016. Proofreading: Mike 'Vesper' Dziewoński)
Source: http://industrialrock.net/php-files_en/articles.php?article_id=586

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