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[ Machinegun Symphony - The Technology Of Tears ]
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[ Marian's Joy - Heaven ]
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[ Omnia - History ]
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[ Oniric - Cabaret Syndrome ]
[ Ostia - Between Two Cities ]
[ Ostia - From The Aether ]
Two names in the goth/industrial scene deserve recognition, those of Victoria Lloyd of Claire Voyant and HMB fame and Clint M. Sand from cut.rate.box.  All of these groups have had significant exposure here on Gothic Paradise in the past and continue to receive plenty of radio play on the radio shows here.  So it's with a big welcome that this new project from this duo is introduced here.  Once again Victoria Lloyd takes to heart the task of creating moving lyrics and smooth vocals for a broad electronic music backdrop.

HMB has quickly become a quick reference for this new project with it's similarities of female vocals over dark electronics.  However, this is definitely a new and unique project with plenty of great unique musical elements and structures.  The seductive vocals over layered electronics has become a great staple in the dark electronic music scene as dark wave, EBM and synthpop all combine into one smooth style.

Metropolis Records quickly picked up this project to release their debut album titled Collapse and Sever.  Both artists have proven themselves with a very successful history and so they continue on experimenting with this and other projects.  Check out the great music from this album as they invade dance floors and radio shows across the globe.  You can certainly get your fix here as selections are included on the Club radio show.



Collapse and Sever - Review

As with the other related projects from this duo, it was exciting to first hear a selection on one of the many compilation appearances to their credit.  That gave me something to look forward to and with this album there was definitely no disappointment.  Each selection adds something slightly unique to the album for a full and broad sound.  Of course each respective talent of these two artists comes to life in great style through the creative process and the end result is here in my CD player.

As I've listened to the album several times the upbeat dance tracks really stand out with a slight edge and the vocals smoothing them over.  These tracks bring this album straight into the dance realm with the fast-paced rhythms of "Awakened", "Liquid High" and the trance-like "Sold".  "Awakened" provides a nice intro to the album with a nice solid song structure.  I think the peak of performance and style on this album comes in the form of "Riveted" and the accompanying Assemblage 23 remix of the same.  The solid beats and melodic synths that really create a moving atmosphere are fun and dramatic.  The aforementioned remix takes out some of the lighter elements and brings the track down into the trenches with darker style that brings out a little bit more of that industrial edge.

The journey through various trance-like or ambient textures of "Industructable" to the subtle and mid-tempo trip-hop elements of "This Death" show how they can bring out great variety and multiple-styles.  This provides a bit of an interlude while remaining true to the overall style of the album.

While nothing really jumps out much more than "Riveted" and the remix of the same, there is enough variety and unique textures to make the album interesting and fun to listen to.  Here is another nice work for electronic music fans to grab.

Rating 3.5/5



Website: www.mono-chrome.net
Label: Metropolis Records

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