K-NITRATE: Star Punkt CDep Armalyte Industries

K-NITRATE: Star Punkt CDep Armalyte Industries

Opener ‘Voltsmusik’ pretty much nails where K-Nitrate are coming from the off; if the press reviews I have previously seen are to be believed, their cod EBM (I use the term loosely) has been tailored for the dance floor via the Combichrist route, although I will give these guys the benefit of the doubt.

Beat wise this opening gambit is ever so slightly off kilter and at a pace that I feel would not sit well with the target audience this is so obviously aimed at; I however thought this made the track all the better for being slightly over paced and therefore just out of reach of the gurning idiots we see gracing the tragic wreckage that are UK ‘industrial’ clubs circa 2012.

‘I.E.D’ does have a touch of early Nitzer Ebb flowing throughout its veins and this pleased me immensely, I just wish that proper shouty vocals had been used instead of the god-awful speak and spell sampling.  This is where K-Nitrate should concentrate their efforts, as in the cooking pot they do have all the right ingredients and with a tweak to their sound there are a heck of old school EBM isms to be utilised; this in turn could gain them a whole host of fans more worthy of where their current sights are targeted.

This isn’t a bad EP all in all, some songs do sound a little too similar and this I feel is where vocals could make a real difference; the additional mixes don’t really differ that much from the originals either and I really want to shake this lot as there really is something there they haven’t thought of latching onto, which is infuriating to say the least.

7/10

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JE$US LOVES AMERIKA: FYA CDep Armalyte Industries

JE$US LOVES AMERIKA: FYA CDep Armalyte Industries

There is a hell of a lot to JLA that wouldn’t be so out of place on some early ‘Wax Trax!’ releases; guitar infused industrial rock based angst is the main body of the opening title track, which does lack a necessary touch of angst for me personally, but is solid none the less.

The second track on this EP ‘epT’ takes a different turn; a steady electronic beat with some intriguing glitches that have an early GGFH feel to them; more could have been done with the overall construction of the track though, such is its one dimensional linear route to the ears.

After an okay remix of the opening number, the demo track ‘Kill Yourself’ ends this rather quick affair; I really do see what JLA are striving to achieve but it does tend to give the impression that it is a little past its prime.

More concentration on production to give this some out and out balls wouldn’t go a miss; this lot definitely would benefit from being a tad heavier and when you are dealing with a genre where it’s necessary to be in your face with aggression FYA comes across more as an endearing, well meaning slap across the chops.

6.5/10