This is a debut by a US-based newcomer act hailing out of New Jersey, which drifts musically very near to that still marching-forward Harsh EBM/Hellectro-movement. Aptly signed to the British TriTech Records label there has been lately occurred rumors about business inactivity, that’s one the reasons why Syn, so the pseudonym of the fellow behind CRISIS MODE, has decided to offer this full-length album as a free download-able item for your entertainment. So far so goo, the talent is quite convincing and here and there I tend only to recommend to increase with some minor things like a better balancing of the vocals in the mix. A bit more punch on the bass kick drums would do good as well, while the vocals itself got drastically manipulated and reminds very much on Nero of PSYCLON 9. Some do like this, some do hat it – this vocal penetration sounding like the dirty neighborhood-kid is rather a matter of your personal preferences. The additional integrated percussive work comes out raging and impressive, a good point which needs continuation. Best tracks can be named with "Virus" and "A Taste Of Sorrow", since both offer the best straight produced bass lines to keep a body in motion. Firstborn is generally a damned good debut release for this one-man act although it doesn’t revolutionize the genre. By erasing the above mentioned minor flaws – maybe through the assistance of an experienced expert (Jan L. of X-FUSION and his notorious X-M-P-studio comes to mind...) – Mr. Syn could be able to storm to a higher level of recognition. A new album probably entitled "Sacred" is already in the works. Be prepared for more of this act.
This debut album is freely downloadable under this link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KCRF69L6