Music Reviews

Artist: Alphane Reality Generator (@)
Title: Music for the Robot Revolution
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Where to begin with this...perhaps quoting the artist's one-sheet accompanying this release- "THE RESISTANCE NEEDS YOU! The human resistance is close to defeat. Far closer than is commonly known. Our only chance was to send this warning back to 2017...23 years before the robot revolution began. This will give you time to prepare...or maybe even prevent it from happening this time. All the information you need is on this compact audio disc. Good luck human." Alphane Reality Generator is the brainchild of Andrew Rizzo, from Exton, Pennsylvania.

As you might guess, Alphane Reality Generator is an electro-industrial project. I am also assuming that 'Music for the Robot Revolution' is its debut release. If you like vocals ala vocoder and lots of clipped from sci-fi flick dialogue samples, you're gonna like this. If not, well, much of it has a beat you can dance to, as well as a booming bottom end. I suppose that considering the premise that robots revolted (and most likely took over) in 2040, vocoder vocals are to be expected. Somewhat better than the snarling, distorted type of vocals so often heard in the genre in my opinion. Problem is, it does get a little old after a while. Sometimes I'm not sure whether this is tongue-in-cheek, or serious. Perhaps a combination of the two. The synthwork ranges from arcade-analogue (old school game goofy) to the kind of sounds and style you'd expect to hear in electo-industrial music. Initially the beatwork is pounding and relentless. I guess this goes hand-in-hand with the "machines taking over" concept. As the album progresses though, the rhythms get more interesting. While there aren't any what you might call "hits" on the album, "Cubicle of Pain" is one of the stronger tracks. "Processing Bypassing" is what Kraftwerk might sound like if they if they decided to go dark-edge industrial. One of the weirder tracks on the album, "Wir Essen Kein Brot" ("We Do Not Eat Bead") indicates that robots may have a certain sense of humor both in the lyrics and music. Although I wasn't wild about the lengthy dialogue samples in "Abdicated Responsibilities," the music had good dramatic tension. For me the best track was the last - "Thick Cartilaginous Layer," reminding me a bit of Front Line Assembly's more pensive moments.

The one thing this album suffers from though is a lack of professional mastering which would have tamed some of the wild frequencies and brought out and enhanced those which needed it. Still, it's not a bad effort and there's enough variety to keep it from getting stagnant. Just how far Mr. Rizzo will get with Alphane Reality Generator remains to be seen; one-trick pony or a new luminary on the electro-industrial scene. I suppose that's up to you, the consumer to decide, but I will say that it's worth checking out.

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