VAC’s first single in a few years, and surprisingly it lives up to expectations. Perversely, he has chosen to release a slow track as the first single, and it works.
Nothing exactly anything new here, but as EBM goes this isn’t bad. Another band from the Cryonica stable, this album has a couple of good tracks and many that are just, well, ok. The first proper track (Rebirth) is probably the best, underpinned by a strong, driving beat, so would sound great in a club. And here be the first problem, perhaps.
One of four side projects from Aslan Faction, this sounds remarkably different. The band is Lee Lauer from Aslan Faction, and Karen King, who has appeared on an AF track previously and on tour.
Hocico are back, and it is like nothing has changed. The style is still the same – slightly distorted, off kilter beats, hissed vocals, and a barely restrained sense of fury. Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Kind of amazing it came to this, really. After years without a new album, the legacy intact as simply one of the godfathers of EBM-industrial, out of nowhere comes an album. As soon as it got announced I had a copy on order, and what a disappointment.
Without a doubt one of the oddest albums I have heard in my life, this album goes from extreme noise to thrash metal to the cut-up sound of someone pissing themselves laughing within the first three minutes.
These guys were a revelation at Infest last year, all hard beats, and some great visuals. So, I’m a bit disappointed with this. It is not a full album – it is five new tracks and then seven remixes, something that usually drives me nuts. Especially when there are four versions of one track (Hell on Earth).