Music Reviews

Mar 16 2009
Artist: V2A
Title: Mechanized Machinery
Format: CDS (CD Single)
Label: Biohazzard Records (@)
Distributor: AL!VE
Rated: *****
Some like it harder indeed. The German-English V2A trio is no newcomers in the EBM scene. In 2002 their debut album simply entitled "EBM" was released by Trisol and since then their fanbase has grown tremendously. V2A shared the stage at their numerous live performances with no lesser acts than Funker Vogt, Covenant, Suicide Commando and VNV Nation. As these lines are being written "Mechanized Infantry" occupies the tenth position of the DAC albums chart. The cyborgs among you that have already got works of The Retrosic, Suicide Commando, Megadump, Grendel and similar artists on their CD-shelf are going to dig this album. The tracks are aggressive, in your face and really loud. Both Kevin (the British) and Ines (the German) sing in English and German. So much bilingualism can only be welcomed. The female voice adds a relatively untypical element to the Industrial-EBM sound, which is normally associated with rough, masculine vocals. By the way, V2A is a kind of stainless steel. As far as the music is concerned all is just fine. This, still young, band demonstrates a rather advanced level of composing skills. All compositions were written in the best tradition of the genre. All the tracks are rather high tempo, catchy, danceable and not monotonous, while many believe monotonousness to be the greatest plague of the extreme electro music. The tracks are 3-5- minutes long; just the right length for a club. One is a soulless machine if he/she would not start off to the dance floor when he hears the V2A beats. The weakest link in the album are the lyrics. Topics-wise the band dealt with the majority of the subjects common for EBM: machines, military & war, and sure as hell anti-Christian content is there, too. (Thank god for the freedom of speech!). Most likely the band itself considers the lyrics as an inessential matter. It is doubtful that the vocals they were primarily meant to convey much serious meaning, but rather to serve as a complementary instrument (for the most part distorted). The line "one life, one sky" in Jesus Loves You echoes with "one world, one sky" by Covenant while "this is my rifle, this is my gun" on Contagen made me think of "this is my rifle, this is my life" by Combichrist. In "Deliver us from Evil"
V2A bash religious dogmas while they broadly use lines from canonic Christian prayers: "if I die before I wake, I pray lord my soul lord to take... " and "hallowed be thy name". Per se there is nothing wrong with striking your opponent with his own weapons, but those very lines were used more than just a couple of times in the dark scene and for that reason they sound overused by now. But one may see it otherwise, of course. Perhaps broadening the spectrum of issues dealt with would guarantee distinctiveness of the lyrics. The younger cyborgs are going to be utterly enthusiastic about Mechanized Infantry, whereas the veterans might miss a bit of unmechanized imaginativeness here that would make this release stand out of line of other very good albums and make V2A’s sound dissimilar to the rest of their electroconvulsive colleagues. One can look forward for V2A’s forthcoming concerts. Get your gasmasks and cyberlox ready!

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