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ESR – Time Of Fear
Side-Line album review

Genre/Influences: Dark-electro & EBM.

Content: ESR is a project I’ve always deeply respected for creating a sophisticated electronic music. Vincent Pujol can look back on a serious discography while the album took a bit more time than usual to get achieved.

The new songs are driven by solid kicks and deep, resonating bass lines. Dark, spooky and sometimes pure vintage leads have a strong carrying feel. The delicate bleeps are injecting a refined touch. On top of it all you can hear the haunting vocals production of Pujol.

“Time Of Fear” is an alluring piece of work hiding several cool songs, but maybe not the kind of absolute ‘hit’ that makes an album unforgettable. Don’t get me wrong, this is without a shadow of a doubt one of my absolute favorite releases of this French project. I’ve been really seduced by the maturity of the writing and the global efficiency of the songs. Tracks like “Revolutions”, “They Play/We Lose” and “Stand Up Now” just are a few essential cuts. “They Play/We Lose” appears to be one of the most club-orientated cuts and also is my favorite track. “Raise Your Fist” is another noticeable cut. I’ve been caught by the bass line of this song, which reminds me of the legendary “A Forest”-song of The Cure. One of the main characteristics of this work also is the sort of ‘vintage’ flavor hanging over several tracks. “Revolutions (Extended)” is an alluring illustration in the genre.

Conclusion: Electro Synthetic Rebellion is not the most renowned project in the scene yet the dark-electro experts for sure cherish and recognize this band as truly qualitative. “Time Of Fear” simply confirms the talent and great musical approach of ESR.

Best songs: “They Play/We Lose”, “Revolutions”, “Revolutions – Extended”, Stand Up Now!”.

Rate: (DP:8)DP.

Band:www.electrosyntheticrebellion.com / www.facebook.com/pages/Electro-Synthetic-Rebellion/115630698473655

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