In 2002 members Pilgrim and Viator formed what we now know as Punto Omega. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, this isnt exactly the music or group you would expect to encounter. They manage to fuse elements of many European and U.S. electronic counterparts of driving rhythms, layered experimental electronics and synths and harsh, distorted vocals. Other similar bands include the popular Mexican Industrial artists Hocico and side-project Dulce Liquido.|
Managing to produce this popular musical style and a contact with LAme Immortelles Thomas Rainer landed them a record deal with Germanys large and popular label Trisol Music Group. While they prepared to release their first full-length album, the band was invited to provide remixes for various projects and appear on several compilations. In 2004 they released their debut self-titled album on Trisol. In July of the same year Metropolis Records released this album for the North American audience.
With this debut album, this band has landed here on the pages of Gothic Paradise. Fans of the harsher Industrial/EBM music should enjoy this first album and time will tell as theyre able to produce more music and live up to the widespread fame that has been generated. Within just one week of radio play on the Club radio show here two tracks are already in the top 10 with "Punto Omega" sitting on top at #1.
Punto Omega Review
With the introduction of this album to the North American audience by Metropolis Records, I obviously didnt know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised as the music and pounding rhythms kicked in. The introductory instrumental track Marcha Hacia el Punto Omega itself is bombastic and monumental in its composition. This builds up to what becomes the mood and pace-setting title track Punto Omega. This hammering beat continues from one track to another providing some variety and change of pace here and there, but overall remains quite homogeneous and uniform. The largest unique factor as the album progresses from one song to another is in the various electronics presented and the varied grinding guitar. This guitar provides a nice meaty element in this title track as well as many others including the solid marching of Mundo de Robot (featuring Cenobita. The intro to this track La Caida gives us a nice little break from the driving rhythms and another stellar composition, yet builds up yet again to the throbbing beat that the album continues with.
While the album is uniform and catchy in so many ways, the slight drawback in my mind is the ongoing harsh distortion they used. The vocals become so harsh, it becomes slightly overbearing as you listen to the album in its entirety. Of course for the die-hard fans of this extremely callous and sever distortion will no doubt enjoy it to no end, but I think that the album could become so much more with just a bit more melody and human tone in the vocals. The music is stellar and powerful, with such driving force that rivals any other Industrial or EBM group.
El Laberinto has quickly become one of my favorite selections on the album as the synths really kick in for an added harmonious and enjoyable style. The vocals continue on the harsh and monotonous tone, but the driving force of the music and rhythm provide a solid foundation for it all. Another great addition and break from the harsh distorted vocals is the bombastic track La Fusion with Thomas Rainer on guest male vocals and K-Osty providing lush female vocals for a distinct and grand style. The dark and moody introduction of Tempestades De Cambio is another wonderful composition that is noteworthy which builds up and gives way to the driving beats and eventually Pilgrims harsh distorted vocals.
Once again were presented with another group that can really pull the music together with so many aspects that prove to be what so many in the Industrial scene enjoy.
Label: Metropolis Records