Ode to Inhumanity - Review
Though this project has been around for about a decade and we're familiar with one of Arsenio Archer's other projects Cold in May
, this album is our first introduction to them here.
Delving into the dark electro-industrial music we've grown to enjoy from classics like Front Line Assembly
on this album we get a nice selection of heavy tracks to enjoy.
As the album starts we're greeted by an introductory instrumental piece "Comatose" which slowly builds and starts to set the tone and style for the music of the rest of the album. The various pulsating layers of electronics build one on the other until we're launched into a heavy dark industrial sound with the percussion kicking in along with subtle, yet heavy grinding guitars. After this instrumental the tracks come out hard and driving, though they move steadily across a mid-tempo beat. The vocals are subdued and dark and deep as a nice complement to the heavily grinding music throughout the album. Each vocal piece stands well on it's own yet the album mixes and blends well as each piece flows over the pulsating electronics and heavy percussion.
Most of the album is quite homogeneous as one piece is much like the other, yet even among these uniform pieces we have a few that stand out as favorites that fans on our radio show will no doubt recognize. Mostly this includes the first few pieces after the introductory track. "Testimonial" builds slowly over a heavy beat and slowly introduces the electronic loops and the vocals really don't kick in until nearly halfway through the song. "Celluloid" also very slowly builds over a subdued beat that finally gives way to the throbbing synth loops and somber vocals. The melody and mixture of electronics and grinding guitars are dark and brooding and the beat is dance-friendly and all the elements together get the body moving with the undulating rhythm. A bit later in the album we're greeted with an excellent cold electronic piece in "Kill Progress". The stark and cold ambience comes out perfectly with the robotic vocoded vocals that permeate much of the track and blend with the heavy beats and synths.
Besides these tracks the rest of the album drives on through the consistent structure and style finally closing with a shorter instrumental piece to end the album much the way it started. Fans of the darker electro-industrial sounds made up of diverse pulsating electronic loops have a nice treat here they can move to and enjoy.