EUROPE IN DUST (Thunderdome)
~reviewed by Mick Mercer
I am not an angry man, but when surrounded by a surfeit of electro music you can picture my reviewing experience as a well known scene from The Exorcist. The head spins, eyes distort and the vomit flies. I demand the audiences for this kind of music suck cocks in Hell.
And….relax! I am reliably informed, and partially convinced, by the press release claiming Eurocide have higher intentions. They even have a term for this gloomy music, Morgue Beat. I am convinced that won’t be catching on, because what we have here is a stern form of Electro already heard on many a European Electro/Industrial encounter, and is simply a dancier version of what Midnight Configuration were doing in the 90‘s, without so much vocal distortion.
12 tracks, if you’re going to include the ridiculous final remix, which brings you well crafted, despondent dance tunes flattened out and garnished with pompous, secretive vocals that imply they’re trying to convey a dramatic story. Vocally they hide behind effects because none of them can really sing, and lyrically it’s garbled signals acting as fatuous ciphers for electronic sterility.
Unlike a lot of the electro I have been subjected to this manages to retain its dignity well, with just the occasional track drifting off into standard bleepy club fare, and I am sure people who enjoy scuttling rhythms and stern beats will find this a change from sweeter sentiments, but it’s all as faceless and predictable as you can probably tell from the record sleeve. On top of that, if you want aggressive music with suggestive, doomy lyrics go with Action Directe. They do this sort of thing ten times better.
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