Hailing from the prominent harsh-electronic scene in Germany, Cyrus created The Retrosic in the spring of 2001 with the release of the debut album Prophecy. This debut album would prove to be the catapult that would launch this project into the music scene where the album quickly sold out and a reprint was issued. It would be within less than a year that the EP Messa Da Requiem is released and it hits the top of both the German and Dutch alternatvie charts. After about two years of waiting, we are then presented with the second full-length album God of Hell. This latest work quickly received praise in the European markets. Now the North American audience also has a better chance of getting their hands on a domestic version through Metropolis Records. With this release the North American version has quickly received praise from press, club and radio DJs.|
It is no mystery as to the success of this project once youve had a chance to listen to the music. Fans of Wumpscut and Suicide Commando have most likely already discovered this group. With the mention of those two group, I dont think much more description is needed. However, for those not familiar with these two groups, then harsh growling vocals, pounding Industrial rhythms combined with various classical and Middle-Eastern music is what theyll experience throughout all three releases.
Check out the bands official website for up-to-date news, further release details and other information. For those into the harsh EBM and Industrial rhythms, this group is one to keep an eye on, especially as their third album is the first introduction into the North American market. All releases are available in Europe on Cyrus own label Tribune Records. Check these out and listen to selections on Gothic Paradise radio.
God of Hell Review
With the release of this third work by this harsh Industrial project on Metropolis Records, it may be the first exposure some people in this region have had to this group. I think there is no better way to be introduced to this project than with this album, packed with bombastic Industrial elements mixed with a variety of other styles and just a full album of great music. While Cyrus is the obvious mastermind behind this group, listed as members of the group in the liner notes of this album include Mrs. Zaide, Mrs. Zoe, Mr. Fletcher, Mr Andor and Mr. Ian. The contributions of these members are unknown, but together theyve pulled together this album full of powerful anthems.
An Indian flute kicks off the album as an introductory element to what proves to be one of the most bombastic and harsh tracks on the album. But this combination is also what helps to create The Storm which is one of the most memorable and catchy tracks on this disc. It also becomes the key track which also features an excellently produced video as a bonus multimedia selection. In fact, much could be said about this stellar selection alone, but the entire album follows closely behind building upon the powerful themes portrayed here. In fact from Maneater and New World Order the music drives on as the Industrial rhythms pound out the beat which provides the backdrop for Cyrus thought-provoking apocalyptic views based on the theme destroy the world to save it. Other tracks give up the harsh vocals for a journey through the driving and somewhat experimental soundscapes of Dragonfire, and the mid-tempo beats of Sphere.
The harsh driving music is given a break in the form of various tracks like Tale of Woe which grinds to a slow pace with whispered vocals, samples and slow and dark music. Another break is provided in the form of the various eastern percussion that appears on Elysium. This track with the smooth vocals and various orchestrated synthesizer elements mixed with the catchy rhythms create a spiritual background and revitalization preparing the listener for the dark and harsh road through the rest of the album. The mood gets even more mysterious as we journey down the dark ambient sounds of Passion (1st Sign) which also pick up Zaides solid female vocals and later the gloomy presentation of Tears in Rain.
There you have it, a presentation of emotion, power and thoughtful lyrics all on one solid album. The apocalyptic visions in the booklet and presented in the lyrical content become just another part of the entire work as a whole. While many times harsh, growling distorted vocals can be overbearing or monotonous, there is just enough melody in those presented on this album to create a nice harmonious effect with the powerful music. The addition of the female vocals and oriental rhythms on selected tracks also provides a nice variety to the album. Overall it comes together nicely that can be enjoyable by fans of many electronic styles.
Label: Metropolis Records