From the mind of Damion Drullinger, currently hailing from Philadelphia, PA we have the cold and dark EBM project Violent Entity. Damion formed this project in 2002 and creates his music based on his love for hardcore EBM and electronic industrial music. He soon partnered up with Karloz M. of Manufactura fame and together they put together their debut album Mechanized Division released in early 2005 by the European label Black Rain.|
Damion is no stranger or newcomer to the industrial music scene. He has spent time in the San Francisco and Seattle scene, touring with Manufactura, playing live with Terrorfakt and appearing on a number of compilations. However, this is just the beginning of what we know as Violent Entity. The duo was later joined by E.S. Saturn on synths in the studio and live and the band is working on new material for a second album.
For fans of powerful EBM/Industrial music, this is a group that many will enjoy. So far with their first album they have received many positive reviews from DJ's and zines around the world. The overall feel of their style includes pulsating electronics, distorted growling vocals and militant beats bringing out a cold horrific, unfeeling dark wasteland.
As the band continues to progress, for sure they'll continue to experiment and release new music. Meanwhile, rivetheads have plenty to enjoy just from their first album.
Mechanized Division - Review
After picking up this album amidst a plethora of other EBM/Industrial related releases over the past several months, my first reaction was "another harsh ebm group". This is why I always take my time, listen to the album several times and let it either grow on me or make me grow weary of it. This album has grown on me somewhat and I've been able to take it apart and enjoy certain parts to a great extent. Hopefully from this experience the reader can know what to expect and decide for themselves if they think they'll enjoy it or not. Of course, besides reading this short blurb, the best thing the reader can do is jump over to the band's website and listen to a few available selections and judge for themself.
I'll get my largest complaint out of the way first, because once that's done, the rest of the album is incredible and enjoyable. The shortcoming I talk of are the vocals. While I've been a fan of industrial music for as long as I can remember, it's always been the music with the most melodic vocals that seem to catch my attention the most. The vocals on this album are anything but, harsh, growling, short, not coinciding with the awesomely powerful music at all. Possibly with a little less growling, the distortion would still sound pretty cool with some slight melodies.
That brings us to the rest of the album, powerful, pulsating, dance-friendly and just forceful, bringing out the inner coldness and despair the entire album is full of. From the introductory dark samples of "Cold As Ice" to the final notes of "In the Beginning", each throbbing electronic element speaks a thousand words. Favorites include the introductory track, "Select the Victim" with more interesting introductory samples that builds to pulsating rhythms and driving beats, along with "Falling Victim" and others.
In addition to the original eleven tracks on the album, we're presented with two incredible remixes from fellow rivetheads Batterycage and Supreme Court. Each of these projects lend their own unique style to the original for an even more driving rendition of each.
The album comes together well thematically with the lyrics and overall cold and harsh nature of the classic EBM style. If you enjoy the harsh growling vocals, then there is really nothing to hold you back from this album and you shouldn't hesitate to pick it up.
Label: Black Rain - www.blackrain.de