review on Brutal Resonance
If any band could sum up their portfolio with a single song, Carlos'
"Asseptic Room" has done it, with "Human With Radiation". The mere
notion enables an uneasy, much-maligned image. If said image was put to
music, it would be very minimal and full of despair.
Since parting from previous act "Dioxyde", Carlos Ruiz has built up a
reputation for composing minimal Dark Electro - a concept which a very
small number of artists are creating; mainly because it's a very niche
and bleak sound, but a lot of the reasoning for this exodus simply HAS
to be because it's insanely difficult to do this and keep the listeners
attention for over an hour. Since the first album, "Morbid Visions" was
released in 2006, there's been a long wait, and there was a point where I
didn't expect to hear anymore from this act - "Visceralofobia" has hit
me like a bolt from the blue, and I can see straight away that little
Although i'm not hugely au fait with the definitions of the project
and album titles, I understand enough to see that there is an obsession
with gore, blood, and Biology - one hinted at time and time again with
song titles such as "Red Sludge" and "Skin and Bones".
The aforementioned "Human With Radiation" is the first track on
here, and at 6:40 seconds, Carlos is still content to make songs that
are both long and entertaining - the first album was full of these, and
despite it being quite a risk for music that's more minimal that you
might like to care for, the package and idea of Asseptic Room manages to
draw the listener to this project, like a needle would draw a stitch
across the skin.
How does someone persuade a newcomer to check out a project like
this? Well, firstly without a doubt, fans of the much-loved Dioxyde
project will flock to this like Ants at a picnic - the sickness, the
whole feel of shutting down physically and mentally is present, and the
slow tempo is executed well enough to make this album suitable for
important tasks like checking your e-mails, making a coffee, and more
appropriately, blowing your head right off of your spine.
Time and time again, I've highlighted the negative feelings and
psyche that Dark Electro can convey, and time and time again, I've
watched people ask why on earth it appeals. This is not something I can
convert you to - you either understand Dark Electro, or you don't, but
much in the same way that music can take you to a standstill, give you
goosebumps, and send you soaring through the sky like a Phoenix, it can
also use the same power to bring out the exact opposite, and when an
album makes you sweat, shiver, and feel like Jesus at the Last Supper,
you have to applaud the talent behind it, whether you can relate to this
kind of atmosphere, or not.
Just in case you had questions about whether or not the album picks
up, indeed it does. "Falsas Palabras" for example, is more quirky, with a
faster beat and a less disregarding melody to it. It could almost be a
sea shanty played on the Accordion, in comparison to other tracks.
Finally, I extend a personal congratulation to Carlos, who after a 5
year hiatus, has returned, and like those pesky Krakens in lore and
mythology, has completely flayed my mind.
16 tracks, over an hour. Can you survive a dark night with Carlos Ruiz?
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