The anticipation of death is far worse than death itself

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Industrial musings
The legendary electro-industrial beasts Front Line Assembly are all set to unleash their latest offering, Echogenetic, in July. I, for one, am waiting with bated breath. Quite frankly, Airmech has pissed me off no end and I can't wait to hear some fresh, energetic shit to wash away that disappointment. According to keyboardist Jeremy Inkel, no guitars will be heard on Echogenetic; it's going to be a purely electronic affair. Just the way I like it. I lie; I do enjoy some tasteful licks here and there (think Implode). But I know that where guitars are absent, Mr Leeb will surely compensate by banging out some heavy-duty electronics to maintain FLA's hard-as-nails integrity.

Speaking of integrity, 80s and early 90s electo-industrial songs sounds incredible on modern headphones with a decent bass boost. There's something viscerally real about the unpolished, relentless and raw synth and bass lines from that whole era. Undoubtedly, the writers of the soundtrack for the first Command & Conquer drew at least some of their inspiration from these militaristic and foreboding sounds to create what is, in my opinion, the best PC game soundtrack ever produced. At this moment I am listening to Clock DVA, a band that is one of the best examples of the sound I'm describing.

After all, this music was never meant to be perfected in expensive studios and tweaked and polished into oblivion. Only certain bands in this genre - yes, I am talking about Front Line Assembly - should be allowed the privilege of producing the fuck out of electro-industrial works. All imitators and lesser known outfits should stick to the old school sound quality formula and never deviate - they simply do not deserve to have the quality enjoyed by the greats. To hell with evolution and all that "sound evolves and bands move on" thing - I'm a staunch purist when it comes to this genre and I believe that only a select few acts deserve a big, refined sound.

...Just had the pleasure of hearing a track from Echogenetic dubbed Killing Fields. The song starts off as meat-and-potatoes, no-bullshit FLA, and even reminds one of the Tactical Neural Implant sound. But then - shock, horror - the chorus has a wub. That's right. The first half the chorus features a fully filthee dubstep drop. Argh! But fuck it - FLA have always borrowed elements of popular electronic music and added them to their tunes. This was always done very elegantly and non-forcefully, with the snippets merely serving to enhance FLA's signature sound. To that end, the dubstep elements in Killing Fields are used sparingly and tastefully - they've been ingeniously filtered through the FLA sieve and grafted onto the signature FLA skeleton of driving basslines and catchy strings.


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