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Cold Asylum - Review

This is the latest album from the industrial project of Maor Appelbaum and Tal Galfsky. The album comes packaged with some excellent artwork that matches perfectly with the overall post-apocalyptic mood of the dark and brooding electro-industrial music. With only seven original tracks on the album (not counting the remixes), it does fall a bit short, but the remixes help to fill the void.

This album starts off and ends strong with an excellent dark mood to it. The vocals are mostly all whispered with the exception of backing female vocals which add a whole new dimension and strength to the tracks. Each piece has a strong foundation with the heavy electro-industrial music. The overall style really draws from the legacy set by Front Line Assembly and related projects with that deep and heavy industrial feeling with layers upon layers of electronics and a strong beat.

Individual tracks have a soul of their own and mix well with each other. The strengths of the album are with the first couple of tracks and the finale to the main body of the album "Black City". "Going Mental" is a strong and aggressive piece that unfortunately is laced with harsh language that in my opinion falls short of what it could be, the music is spectacular and backing female vocals lend such a powerful accent to the music. However, it's all made up in "Ketamine Sedation" with the same power, same mix, addition of female background vocals and all in a different song. The power and somewhat homogenous style continues on through "Wreckage" and "Morning Star" for two memorable tracks. The tempo comes down a notch and the dark, brooding moods are enhanced through it all. That brings us to "Nemesis" which is a nice piece in itself, but really falls short and fades from memory when compared to the next piece "Black City". This finale has proven to be a hit with listeners here as it quickly shot to the top 10 on the Gothic Paradise Club Mix and remained at #1 for a while. The overall theme of the music has something of a bombastic symphonic approach though the overall style remains the same with whispered vocals.

The rest of the album contains remixes of "Going Mental", "Ketamine Sedation", "Wreckage" and "New Dawn". The remixes are not necessarily bad, but don't really stand out and most of the time I just stop listening after "Black City". That wraps up the album with a bang and leaves us with nothing more to add. For those that enjoy the dark, brooding electro-industrial style with the whispered vocals, this is an album that you'll enjoy.

Rating: 3.5/5



Website: www.iwrband.com
Label: Black Rain

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