Music Reviews

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Artist: INSURGENT INC. (@)
Title: Kidz
Format: CD
Label: Subvision Records/Gaia Disk Records (@)
Rated: *****
Again some stuff for the elders and experienced users I think – who of you can remember their marvelous done debut "System Structure Security" back in 1993 by this Montreal-based Canadian duo? It was released at times when the typically US-Coldwave scene with labels like 21st Circuitry or Re-Constriction have just started – released at times where Wax Trax was still up - "SSS" was a killer album, outstanding and future-leading for several bands and the genre. Well, times have changed in between, INSURGENT have included the additional INC. to their band name (... I guess the album aptly entitled "Inc." in 2K2 has announced this...) and the term of the harsh pounding Industrial tunes have been reduced. Through the years they’ve traveled the world and visited several very different countries like France, Belarus or South Korea. A lot of friendships have been built and they used these trips to integrate some traditional musically influences and ideas into their music. So you don’t have to wonder that you’ll get to hear some unconventional acoustic instruments or choirs thrown in here and there. "Kidz" is the newest output of this Canadian duo, their fourth full-length album as far what I know, and to me rather a conceptual release instead of a simple collection of songs. The world of the adults so mad and perverse seen with the eyes of a child – well, I guess this can hold several variations and an uncountable amount of inspiration. Musically their newest effort is a rather "rocking" Industrial-Metal-like output with real guitar play and real drums – the Industrial element is very reduced to some samples and some synth lines here and there. Also the vocals are no longer that kind of a distorted "Cold Molest"-screaming into the microphone – a more natural sounding, while not losing efficiency male timbre can be heard. Favorites I like to name with the rather dark oriented "Atheistic Affidavit" and especially the last piece "Reply", which is separated into four different parts – also the traditionally "Motherless Child" presented by a female vocalist got aptly included. Some other pieces have to mentioned as well featuring the rather multi-cultural side of the band, "Evelina" for instance having a Belarussian folklore group on board. This concept album of INSURGENT INC. is quite interesting structured and composed, although Electro-purists have to be open-minded for the rather more guitar-oriented arrangements of the band.

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