There's a simple formula for Harsh Ebm. Cover your art with blood, make
titles that insinuate hatred and suffering, and constantly spell words
with K instead of C. This almost never works now, by proxy, but in rare
circumstances, it does work.Portuguese act "AktiveHate" is one of these
exceptions, and the artist is universally considered to be among the top
of the scenes heirachy. Incidentally, ISK has about 12 other projects,
ranging from Black Metal to Old school EBM, and almost all of them are
The album begins with "My Own God" - an absolute staple song of the
genre, an unforgettable classic that was previously aired on the
"Corrosive Intent" EP. it has everything you want from "Terror EBM" -
(I said previously I would never use that term again. Feel free to mock
me - firstname.lastname@example.org
- harsh synth that stands out in your mind for hours afterwards, and
doesn't just sound like a swarm of Bees raping a Vuvuzela.
"FU" also has an innate style to it, merging several beats, loops,
and pulses into a fast-paced aural attack. Fuck You indeed! This track
also features Guitars, and before you groan and complain, the Guitars
are very minimal, but done with the greatest of aplomb.
I DESPISE Electronics and Guitars working together, but the use of
them here, and the way the riffs compliment the synth work is actually
nothing short of pure unrestrained Talent.
I can't do a track by track for 15 songs, when they are ALL this
good. Once again, AktiveHate has moved the Goalposts, introduced
instruments that wouldn't normally impress any of the more hardened
Harsh EBM fans, and blended it into an album of masterful Hate.
Final Mention goes to The "Twilight Freakshow" remix of "Play the Game". This French act is another one to watch.
Another excellent Advoxya release!Nick
12 Feb 2011