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Artist: Ahab Rex (@)
Title: Blood on Blonde
Format: CD
Label: Lens records (@)
Rated: *****

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Ahab Rex's minimalistic electro-rock bounces back and forth from being a noir songwriter's most intimate and convoluted creation to showing the aggressive energy and raw sonic attack of an entire band. Unapologetic naked lyrics sung out with the conviction and the soul of one of the last of the spoken-word urban poets. If you tend to prefer the focus being shifted on words you'll appreciate the vocal characteristics of this young talented and very personal singer, who, without sounding like a clone will make you think, for one reason or another, about David Bowie, Tom Waits, Trent Reznor, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave etc... And if you are longing for big names, the collaboration on Ahab Rex's debut full length CD should make you seriously think about checking them out: drummer Martin Atkins (NIN, Killing Joke, Pigface), singer Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks), Steven Seibold (Hate Dept), Dylan Ryan, Pigface and Assassins (who both remixed one song on this record), The Countdown, Griffin Rodriguez (him) and engineer Adam Yoffe (Big Buildings) all lend a helping hand for an album that does sound mature and ready for a much bigger audience.As a music producer, this is the kind of band I'd be seeking out to work with and the kind of band where I'd wonder why they are not signed, so I am glad that somebody (Lens records) noticed them and is (hopefully) providing them with good promotion and distribution. I don't think I need to stress any further that this m+f duo knows what they are doing and are determined and set out to be noticed.



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