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Arctic Noise - Review

From Stockholm, Sweden, we have this powerful EBM/Industrial band with their fifth release. They have taken a long time and put a lot of work into this disc and it shows. There are a dozen excellent tracks that hearken back to the great EBM and industrial bands that have built up these genres to what they are today.

The abum starts off great with several great tracks that really bring out the best of the EBM genres. "Black Cinder" kicks it off in style with dark, driving music with dark and moody, slightly distorted vocals along the vein of In Strict Confidence. This introductory track remains a solid and favorite piece on this album. The music continues on in this excellent style for most of the album, driving, harsh and dance-friendly. The vocals are a nice change from the over-used, gasoline gargling distortion that permeates the EBM and Industrial scene today. Moving tracks like "Deny Me", "Hitting Ground" and "Incision" provide the power for this album and make it a staple in the EBM/industrial world.

There are a few mid and down-tempo pieces that provide a bit of a break from the driving beats of most of the album. All the while the intensity remains and the atmosphere thick with emotion like "Stroke" and "Lies Told". The latter half of the album starts to lose some of the intensity and creativity of the first half, though in general the album does hold together fairly well, but just not quite standing up to the first few pieces. After the down-tempo piece "Lies Told" the beat picks up again before dropping for a long instrumental piece "The End of the Whorl" as the final piece to wind the album down.

I think this is another nice album for the EBM/Industrial world, by breaking the mold of today's onslaught of electronic, uncreative music while still hearkening back to the solid foundation of the genres.

Rating: 3.5/5



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Label: Art Of Fact

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