Many people are familiar with the name Daniel Myer in the electronic/industrial music scene with projects like Haujobb, Architect and HMB. With this history it should be no surprise that he would team up with other artists to form yet another project. Destroid is composed of Daniel Myer, Sebastian Ullman and Rinaldo Bite. This project was formed around 2003 when they managed to get a release out titled Future Prophecies. They received excellent press and managed to get into the top 10 of the german alternative charts (DAC) and attracted the attention of the Scanner label for the release of their sophomore work in 2007 titled Loudspeaker. COP International has licensed the release for their N. American audience so the fanbase is sure to grow and be pleased with this new project.
The music from this project is mostly what you might expect coming from Daniel Myer as a kind of mix of past projects. It is of course a project based on EBM, Industrial and synthpop influences with something of a somber mood, though many pieces are very hard-hitting and club-friendly. All of this comes together nicely and should be pleasing to most fans of past projects and should garner a huge number of fans from the related genres as the music moves out of the experimental into a mix of genres that is easily accessible by a majority cross-sectional audience.
This is an excellent group to watch with interest. Of course you can catch reviews and listen to selected tracks here on Gothic Paradise.
Silent World EP - Review
As hoped for we are presented with some new material from this band, even though it is a short EP with just a few new tracks, it's still great to have something new as we look forward to another packed album. The disc features three new original pieces, a cover of the gothic rock classic "Lucretia My Reflection" along with remixes and a live take of the new classic "Let Me Leave".
The three new pieces are excellent, each showing how the somber moods mixed with emotionally driven, melodic synthpop and EBM influences come together so well. "I Walk Slow" is appropriately titled as it slowly moves along, building bit by bit to become another somber, mid-tempo piece. This gives way to the title track "Silent World" which is what would be deemed a typical piece from this group featuring a dance-friendly beat, though somber and mixed with layers of various synths and even a bit of the experimental elements mixed in for an overall melancholy mood and texture. "Leaving Ground" is the last of the three and starts off sounding the most experimental but quickly picks up with a steady, solid beat with heavy, layered electronics and piano providing the perfect backdrop for the soothing, deep vocals.
"Lucretia, My Reflection" is one of those pieces that you really take on chance on covering, it's easily done and easily recognizable and not something I would even touch personally as something of an iconic piece to most gothlings. However, this group pulls it together well in full electro fashion that works surprisingly well. But just this version wasn't enough, we're also presented a bit later with alternate remix that just seems completely off the wall with the odd percussion being the foundation for the piece. Odd, yes... workable, OK, not that great, but not terrible. That leaves us with the remixes of "Silent World" and "Leaving Ground" from this EP, presented by the well-known artists in this scene Assemblage 23 remixing "Leaving Ground" and [:SITD:] giving us their approach to "Silent World". Each remix is well recognizable from each artist, with "Leaving Ground" taking on more of a club-friendly tone building up the electronics and laying on the pounding beats. While "Silent World" is presented dark and heavy as [:SITD:] does with their own pieces.
"Bird of Prey" from their previous album is also presented here with a remix that is very techno heavy with the vocals taking backstage to the various loops presented in the remix, definitely second-rate compared to the original. To wrap up the album we have the live performance of "Let Me Leave". It's done completely different from what you hear on the album, almost more of dark ambient, ethereal ballad. The percussion is more for an accent and climax rather than for a beat as the dreamy synths slowly move the piece along in majestic beauty while the spoken word sample from The Breakfast Club is repeated over and over. This is an excellent mix and any other majestic and beautiful tracks the band would like to include on their album like this will be accepted with open arms.
Loudspeaker - Review
I was first introduced to this new project with the appearance of "Judgement Throne" on one of the Dark Awakening compilations. With this track I knew this would be a new favorite artist in the electronic music scene. I was actually pleasantly surprised when I found out that it was founded by Daniel Myer as I'm familiar with his past projects and have reviewed some albums here years ago, I find that this is easily my favorite project from him so far. The moody and emotional dark electronic ballads along with the mix of club-friendly industrial and electro-pop tracks are melodic and captivating. This disc presents a cross-section of these styles across fourteen powerful tracks that are quite memorable.
From the moment I heard "Let Me Leave", I knew I was hooked. Though starting with nothing more than some distorted thundering, it gradually builds with more percussion and somber synths until we hear the sad spoken word samples that culminate in "When you grow up... your heart dies" from the 80's teen classic movie The Breakfast Club which is repeated several times throughout the piece. The steady beats kick in and we're off with this excellent dark electronic ballad with the somber melodic vocals and layered synths and percussion. If the entire album were full of these powerfully moving, emotional pieces I would straight up give it a perfect rating and leave it at that. However, with a project composed of this trio and based on past experience, I know there has to be some variety and a call back to the experimental and various other elements. These are not bad, but just don't stand out with the power and mood of this introductory piece.
I'll touch on the main pieces that stand out like this first piece in one way or another, and though they're not identical, in fact they provide quite a broad variety, the common thread is the infusion of accessible, melodic synths, vocals and remaining steady without going overboard. Right in line with all of this happens to be the next track on the album with "Bird of Prey". This piece picks up the tempo and intensity slightly, though the vocals and overall mood remain somber, this is an excellent, powerful driving club-friendly piece. The driving synths hail back to the old-school new wave and electro-pop foundations of the 80's and 90's and provide an excellent backdrop for the somber vocals. Digging into the industrial foundations is "Revolution" which is a bit harsher in it's mixture of synthetic loops and heavy, driving beats. In much the same way "Run and Hide (Edit)" really moves along, though the vocals show much more intense pleading emotion that speaks volumes and really adds a whole new dimension to this piece over the cold and emotionless driving forces of many industrial pieces.
As the album moves on we continue to come across more of these tracks that are emotionally captivating and memorable. "Forever" is next and though it has experimental elements mixed in throughout, it becomes basically another solid electro-pop track with the solid vocals over the layered synths and moving beat. We move through a couple more good pieces along these lines with a bit of experimental electronics before we get to the downtempo ballad "Bittersweet Fate". I have to admit that this is not something that I would really expect to hear from Daniel Myer. It still has some pulsating electronics, but mostly it's an acoustic, soft ballad that is as much emotionally captivating as many of the more moving pieces.
At this point the album seems to become more exerimental and such that you have to be in a certain mood or setting to sit and listen to it completely and really enjoy it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the previously mentioned tracks are captivating and haunting all at the same time, moody and dance-friendly, yet somber enough to listen to as background music, while these latter tracks are distracting and powerful and mainly seem to target the dance floor and experimental realms until we get to the final piece "Mourn". This last track is an excellent way to wrap up the album, there is still a touch of the experimental electronics, but the music and overall style shifts back into the somber electro-pop style that I really love on this disc. I think it's the perfect ending to this album and brings it all full circle, leaving the listener satisfied, yet hoping for more of these somber moods in future releases soon.
Label: COP International