Thursday, August 11, 2016

Spit Mask :" Swallow"

Never was into power electronics, but this looked alluring so checking out it and hoping for something that's a cross between Lords of Acid and Youth Code. I'm closer when it comes to the more industrial part of that equation. The synths that hammer around the old school club beat might remind you of "Pretty Hate Machine". It's Rachel's delivery that gives this a more abrasive edge . If there was a dude crooning over this it would sound more like Depeche Mode's new wave days. I like the first song, but the question becomes are they going to be able to give me more than just that? Will the song's have a wider range of dynamics?

They back off the more hammering beat into cold wave at the beginning of "Choke Chain". Male vocals give this more of a My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult feel. I like the fact that this is a little darker. BDSM themed lyrics on an industrial album is about as shocking as seeing a copy of 50 Shades of Gray on the news stand at the Grocery store. The stalking synth line of  "Easily Intimidated" doesn't really break any new ground, but it does keep things nice and dark. The vocals begin to get a little old by the time we get to "Hard Commands".

The album maintains it's sense of movement and if you are dj who spins industrial there is no reason any of these songs couldn't fit neatly into your set. Fortunately there are some different effect on the vocals to "Permission". The album closes with a spoken word  outro of sorts that is layered over a fairly simplistic beat. If you missed out on the whole Cleopatra Records thing in the 90s then this will be really new for you, but even if you are like me and have already been there and done that then you might find that is sets a nice mood for longs night prowling your basement in the gimp costume. I'll give it a 8.5

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