Oh, what a mistake he made. Two hundred and forty-two seconds later I was pounding the title track for this record through his eardrums. That guy is deaf now, so I guess for him all music genres are currently dead. Sometimes everybody is right, it seems.
Actually, no, I didn't deafen anyone but I could have. Old school EBM is far from dead and once in a while another interesting album appears, one that seems to honor that old militaristic and repetitive pummeling sound that made acts like Front 242, DAF and Nitzer Ebb absolute fan favorites. This album by English trio Flesh Eating Foundation delves deep into the world of industrial electronics. It opens with the intense title track that immediately brings Nitzer Ebb to mind. With raging electronics and hardcore vocals, this trio has everything to make them sound as if they come right out of the eighties, which obviously is nice.
The electronic pounding continues for a while with two more awesome dark dancefloor killers but then, suddenly, 'Shame' shows a completely different side of the band. Here, blues rock comes shining through, which is odd but definitely interesting. Undoubtedly, this adds a lot to the variation. Later, in 'Futurelast' (featuring Adam Probert) the band goes all atmospheric downtempo on our asses. In fact, this is my favorite song so far. I love the drones, the sequencers, the noise and the methodical percussion in this tune.
'Punk Drunk' brings back the heavy beats and sounds like Depeche Mode would have sounded if they took the same kinds of drugs as The Prodigy. 'Sick Prick Dick Lick (For The Throat)' pushes up the tempo to 'Der Mussolini' levels and might as well become a fan favorite. 'Stand Up And Be Discounted' reminds me of Atari Teenage Riot going dub. Before the customary remixes the massive EBM anthem 'Capacity' seems to take influences from Calva Y Nada, thus becomes another one favorite for me.
So yeah, EBM is far from dead. It's still stomping and kicking...