I Hate God - Review
This duo from Australia has been working together for some time now, releasing two previous club-stomping industrial / EBM albums, making this their third so far.
Many will remember their debut album which launched them onto the scene with a sound similar to Funker Vogt
and which we featured here for a short while. This latest album features 14 tracks that show they moved beyond and developed their own solid style that is now more easily recognized as their own.
From the first electronic sounds of "MistakenForGod" we're introduced to the foundation of this band which features a plethora of heavy, pulsating synths and pounding beat. These form with layer upon layer for a heavy groove that creates a nice dance-friendly rhythm. The vocals vary and it's a nice touch not to have them all sound like the vocalist gargled gasoline before each track.
The album is fairly solid and I think most EBM fans will enjoy most tracks right out of the box. A few stand out with a bit more creativity, including the previously mentioned piece, but as we get into "WeWork", this is the style from this band that keeps me interested and listening. Once again it's the heavy mixture of a solid bassline, pulsating synths and a classic EBM / Industrial rhythm and percussion that originally attracted me to this style of music. "Demonizer" seems to be the obvious club track, but it's just not as fun, or creative as the aforementioned pieces, but it also appears with three remixes, chosen winners from a remix competition for some good variety. Of each of these lend a new point of view on the original, but fall short in my book. Several others follow this standard style for a continued solid dance-friendly beat with "UltraKill" standing out as one of the better, heavier hitting pieces along these lines. "eXterminate" lends a bit of variety to the album with a down-tempo piece that still remains very heavy with the pulsating synths. "Crusade" also maintains this feel overall, though it gradually builds back up to a solid dance-friendly piece, making a great segue to the rest of the album. Of course we couldn't wrap up this review without making mention of the Ultravox
cover "SleepWalk". This pays tribute to this classic electronic band, but also gives us a modern, heavy, updated approach to the track for something classic with a modern twist.
Overall this is a great EBM album. It maintains that solid pattern that should please most fans of this style, but with enough variety, creativity and edge that it keeps the most picky of us happy.
Label: Repo Records