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Artist: Hired.Life (@)
Title: End Of Line
Format: CD
Label: Gravitator Records (@)
Rated: *****
A newcomer project signed to the Russian Gravitator Records label, but with a well-known protagonist involved: Hired.Life is an EBM/Electro/Industrial-music producing trio, which consist of Serge Vorobyov (a.k.a. Case, former member of both, Denergized and Ex-Delicto), Andrey Klaus and Pavel Grudnev. Hired.Life can be therefore seen in some way as being the result, of what has left after the demise of Denergized, the promising Dark Electro duo out of Königsberg (Kaliningrad), which has gone quite too early after only one album signed to the Hungarian Advoxya Records label (check our interview with this duo somewhere placed in the interview section on here'¦). Musically there are significant differences between Denergized and the compositions of the present under Hired.Life. As being a trio, it shouldn't wonder too much, that all of the featured band members are trying to incorporate their own preferences regarding the choice of sounds, styles, and directions too. Hired.Life is lighter oriented and allows Synth-/Futurepop elements to find a constant slot, although the first two tracks, 'Hire Me' and 'The Factory', are pretty much based into the already mentioned Dark Electro vein. The kind of singing, as well as the sound of his vocals of Serge may is the most comparable element reminding on Denergized, because at latest with track 3, 'My Catwalk', the general sound environment turns out to be more smooth. 'My Catwalk' with its catchy synthplay, as well as the easy-to-follow compositions of both tracks, 'For Ever and A Day' and 'Nightcity Fairytales', should be the ones finding its listeners with the lighter audience. As being a good point ' and this can be heard on nearly all featured tracks on here ' the kind of composing has been developed a lot, and stands on a much higher level in comparison to Denergized. The arrangements are layered and filled with tasteful inserted synth-pads and the band members can prove advanced programming abilities. 12 own compositions and two additional remix contributions by Fr@ktal and the Moscow-based Spin Provider are including diversity. 'End Of Line' is a good and satisfying Electro-/Industrial album, although it won't be able to match with unique global-players of the scene. That wasn't to expect from a newcomer project, which still needs time to find the ideal direction. But it's definitely not the 'End Of Line' for this project.



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