Alright, hands up if you heard "Tears of Blood" on Endzeit Bunkertracks act V and didn't want more of the CSK.
Admittedly, initial impressions suggest that this act has nothing
completely unique, the Suicide Commando-esque pitch of the synth not
only reminds the listener of "Mindstrip", but commands the same respect
and authority that only the harshest of knob-fiddlers can convey.
Shouldn't be a surprise then, to learn that this track is on the
first debut album by Julien, and is opening the account. I can't say
"Tears of Pain" has been a long time coming (after all, the band was
cemented in 2008), but with true business acumen, Advoxya has snapped up
this talent faster than you can say "Hocico", and bought this
much-anticipated debut to our attention.
It took exactly Five Minutes and Eleven seconds for me to find that
original sound I was hunting for earlier - "Human" is built around a
driving, un-explored synth sound, which when overlayed with the CSK's
harsh vocals, builds a contrast that works in such a disciplined manner
that you simply cannot help but love this song.
Purists and Cynics out there that judge an artist based on the name
of his act should also sit up and take notice here - although the band
name might not sound Industrial, it's about time someone decided to make
a name that is actually spelt correctly and shows some variety -
seriously, this could have been "Kemikcal Sweet Kid" - i'm glad it
isn't. If you really need to question the credentials of the act, I defy
you to listen to "Six Feet Under" and tell me this isn't Industrial. It
sounds like Skinny Puppy just got punched in the face.
The intro to "So many things" is like a deranged Kindergarten, and
if you can't imagine a Clown dancing on the Xylophone with a Knife in
his hand, and a Chucky-shaming grin on his face, then I despair.
I think the formula here is to unsettle and concern the listener -
the tracks aren't the typical 175 BPM you expect - there's slow tracks,
faster and harsher tracks, and even a cover of "Paint it Black", a song
which needs no introduction.
In typical Advoxya fashion, we have a release that keeps the
listener interested, varies from song to song, and never really
categorizes itself into one genre.
Also, to steal the title of a song from this album, it's the "Sad
Truth" that this act isn't that well known. Let's see what happens come
December. I'm sure this'll be on some "best of the year" lists.Nick
28 May 2011