(funny side note: I typed 'embarrassment' wrong and my spell-checker corrected it as 'dismemberment'. It has seen me dance I think)
Anyway, back to this amazing album, which I didn't this so much of the first time I heard it. Yes, I'm starting the actual review with brutal honesty. The first time I gave this album a shot I honestly didn't like it. Yet, I can't remember why exactly. I also don't know why I gave it a second and a even third chance, that last one rarely happens. But, as you could have read in the opening paragraph, I'm headbanging and dancing at the same time, so it must be good.
Electric Deathbeat started out as a one-man project in 2011. Gradually, the band obtained a solid line-up and the writing for this album could begin. Now, it seems like the industrial metal world has a serious competitor, influenced by everything from Die Krupps and Oomph over Samael to possibly even Combichrist. We're done even done there by the way. The Kovenant, Evergrey, Atrocity, Lacrimosa, Children Of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Nine Inch Nails, it's all there.
They even seem to go further than that. If I have to completely dissect these songs, I'd have to go through decades of rock and metal ànd I'd have to dig into the electronic dance music scene. Apart from the presence of guitars, I can hear elements from The Prodigy, Fad Gadget to Atari Teenage Riot and, why the fuck not, Milk Inc. Yes, there are trance and techno elements here and there pretty damn cool.
Further still? I give you Vangelis, Enigma and Klaus Schulze. On he other part of the musical spectrum I'll add a bit of death metal and post-hardcore too. It is all there. I have no idea how these guys did it, but they blended all of that into something intense, energetic and awe-inspiring. Above all, and that's probably why I didn't like this album at first, It's a overwhelming and bombastic piece of work which completely defies genre-restrictions.
Well, Electric Deathbeat, you certainly managed to challenge my musical knowledge and you came up with something massively interesting. However, I don't think this game is over and I have two challenges for you. The first one is simple: bring it on (stage). The second one might be a bit harder: there's a few more genres I can think of which are not represented on this album. I wonder if you guys can push in some more...
Anyway, before this review turns into a book: industrial metalheads, buy the shit out of this masterpiece...