Ghost and The Hate Cage reviews by Dead Earnest

Dead Earnest’s Choice Selection – Industrial/EBM

IDIOT STARE: Ghost CD£12.99
If the Torn Skin CD I reviewed around the same time is as cracking an example of industrial EBM as you’ll find, then it’s just their luck that………….this one’s even better. A set of fourteen songs on which the achievment of getting beats, layers, power, dynamics, leads, melodies, sequencers, vocals, song-writing and arranging, producing and playing to be THIS hot is nothing other than jaw-dropping. Song after song explodes into life but here the electronics and electronic rhythmic components are more prevalent, with drums and bass also of an electronically derived nature, as the vocals are uniformly upfront but with just the right air of menace and distance. The production throughout as song after crunching song erupts and shatters, the heady combinations of beats and rhythms, synths and sequencers, bass and samples all evoking feelings of pure adrenaline-rush heaven. In fact, at no time do you feel like you’re listening to fourteen versions of the same song – oh, didn’t I tell you – this is a remix album. Forget the detail, listen to the result – as awesome an example of head-bending EBM as they come and if this doesn’t make you feel like you’ve just gone ten rounds with Lennox Lewis, nothing will. Awesome.

IDIOT STARE:The Hate Cage CD£12.99
IMMENSE – this is classic electro-industrial metal at its rampaging best with huge rhythms, tons of synths, aggressive vocals that fit perfectly, excellent use of samples, searing guitar riffs, and one immense sound that kills at small distances. But the best part about this is that there are 17 tracks with hook lines that stay with you and it’s one of those brilliant albums that you just play and play and play, doing the air guitar bit, flailing around the room like a dervish on heat. If only the guys who used Underworld’ s ‘Born Slippy’ in the ‘Trainspotting’ film had heard this first, they’d have realised that this wipes the floor with the supposed titanium strength track many regarded it as. From start to finish the production, playing, arrangements and compositions are varied, addictive and more than the likes of Ministry and their ilk have delivered. Ten out of ten and no mistake.

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