~reviewed by Psionic
Why are there so few women involved in the creation of electronic industrial dance music? It's not like they aren't any less capable of making it. Just look at the likes of Collide, Coptic Rain, The Razor Skyline... The list goes on. But it doesn't go on log enough, not by far. COP Int'l is one label that takes pride in working against this, and their latest offering is a stunning example of how deep the wellspring of female creativity goes. Emileigh Rohn, the intelligence behind Chiasm, has gifted us with an album that prowls around your skull, hunting down those special nodes of neural-receptor that keep us all addicted to this mistress we call industrial music. "Disorder" feels like a darkwave/Goth cd, but it's a deceptive feeling. Make no mistake, this is EBM, but constructed in such a way as to drape you in emotions not entirely common in industrial. Drenched in a mixture of sensuality and spite, Chiasm leave the rest of the pack behind in it's complexity of feelings. Not content with crude howls of angst, there is much depth for those of us who prefer polygamous layers of mood in our music. At the same time, "Disorder" thumps along in a club-floor-filling way, catering to the dance-floor sheep just enough to guarantee a wide array of listeners. I eagerly await further material from Miss Rohn, as Disorder has left me with a craving for more...