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ALEC EMPIRE: The Golden Foretaste Of Heaven

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Title: The Golden Foretaste Of Heaven
Format: CD
Label: Eat Your Heart Out
Rated: *****

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During the last decade crossover between musical genres has always been a refreshing factor for music and has always been a key point for the creation of new sub-genres or new styles. Alec Empire since the early days of Atari Teenage Riot kinda incarnated this way of thinking by experimenting with a sound which later became digital hardcore. The end of the A.T.R. experience didn't make him stop experimenting with sounds but his attitude had always something to do with the punk attitude. His key album in my opinion has been "Intelligence and Sacrifice". On that double CD, the second disc contained tracks inspired by early Cabaret Voltaire and with the widening of influences made Alec's evolve. The following album "The futurist" was focused on a punk approach with less digital distortions and an upfront guitar which maybe made of it his most accessible album. Three years after that album here is THE GOLDEN FORETASTE OF HEAVEN. This new one has ten new tunes which get their influences from the late 70's taking Iggy Pop vocal style (see the opening "New man" and "Ice - as if she could steal a piece of my glamour" which sounds like "Ghost rider" mixed with "Loco mosquito" sung by Iggy Pop) and mixing it with the minimal synth lines of Suicide (see "...If you live or die"), passing through Lou Reed ballads (see "1000 eyes" or "No/Why/New York"). This time guitars are used on some tracks but are also used differently compared to the previous album (less punk riffs and a sound with more bass and middle frequencies with no razor like effect). THE GOLDEN FORETASTE OF HEAVEN sounds different from the previous Alec Empire stuff and it sounds good. Check "Robot love" of "Bug on my windshield" for example and you'll find an updated version of Suicide which seem to be seduced by minimal techno. This time there you won't find an album all based on the "in your face" effect. There's plenty of energy but there isn't the wall of sound you would expect. Alec went back to the roots of punk and reprocessed all those inputs. Try it... P.s. Welcome also his new label "Eat your heart out"!


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