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Artist: Cease2Xist (@)
Title: Living By The Bullet
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Cease2Xist is the brainchild of Dayve Yates, an Industrial Musician from the UK.

Stating influences such as Grendel, Leather Strip, Atari Teenage Riot, Marilyn Manson and Skinny Puppy, Cease2Xist provides an aggressive but melodic approach to Industrial which should please hardcore industrial fans as well as offer an accessible route into the genre for the more casual listener.

Living By The Bullet is a powerful debut indeed, with very high production values evident from the outset, with every kick felt, every lead line well placed, and every vocal line managing to maintain its clarity despite a good dose of distortion.

The track that perhaps best encapsulates the feel of the EP is tellingly enough the title track "Living By The Bullet".
Featuring an unrelenting series of punchy bass lines, well positioned samples and a powerful vocal performance, this track runs the full gamut of EBM from heavy, to melodic, and back again.

The rest of this EP maintains this standard with more beat driven anthems that are destined for dance floors in the industrial scene.

The one criticism might be that there isn't much variation in the tracks in terms of style and impetus, but the EP is about the right length to ensure that this doesn't become a big problem.

In summary, Living By The Bullet is a very solid debut release, with a good mixture of power and melody that is sure to have something to offer most fans of Industrial or EBM, and with the EP currently available to download for free, there is little reason not to give it a chance.


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