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The Post-Modern Prometheus - Review

Hailing from the Canary Islands, Spain (a second home for us in many ways), we have a rare treat with this project from solo artist Sandro Veras. img Now with his sophomore album I am pleased to add another great work to my collection, presented to us from Spain's excellent label Caustic Records. The album comes packed with hard-hitting, dark EBM music spanning a good 70+ minutes across 14 dark, pulsating tracks.

It all kicks off with "I Killed a Man", and as the title indicates this track is dark and aggressive, yet this also sets the stage for the album by showing the great diversity and mix of various movie samples, dark symphonic structures and a mix of harsh sinister and more melodic vocals. Throughout the album this diversity in styles makes the album much more interesting, holding the listener's attention better than the typical harsh EBM where every track is the same harsh monotonous sound. For the die-hard fans that like the harsh distorted vocals track after track, there is still plenty of this harsher sound to satisfy across pieces like "Instinto Homicidio" and "Via Negativa" (also a couple of the spanish-language tracks on the album). A favorite piece that further exhibits the diversity includes the piece "Dead Inside". This track starts off with a dark, haunting version of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and then moves along with a heavy, mid-tempo beat, solid vocals on each verse and then the distorted sinister vocals for the chorus. The inclusion of many of these samples add an excellent haunting effect to each piece, another favorite follows immediately in the form of "Unbreakable Will" with all of these elements for another dance-friendly and well-mixed diverse track.

As the album moves along we get a good taste of what this project has to offer through the dynamic diversity of the music, vocals and samples. It has been very difficult to pick out favorites and selections to feature on the radio show, but over time and listening to the album a good dozen times the aforementioned pieces stood out and as we continue there are a few other favorites. The title track has a good pace and good diversity, but "Beginning Of My End" and "The Fear Of Being" inject a good variety into the album as a whole with their heavy, pulsating electronics and mid-tempo beat. Towards the end of the album we're treated with "Lost Dreams" which has quickly become a favorite of mine as well as for our radio listeners as it remained #1 for weeks in our Club Radio show. Again we're treated with the mix of distorted and solid vocals over the driving beats and layered electronics. The album wraps up with another spanish-language track in classic, heavy-hitting, slower EBM style. This becomes a nice finale for a diverse and moving album that I can highly recommend to our electronic music fans.

Rating: 4.5/5



Website: www.myspace.com/plasmodivmproject
Label: Caustic Records

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