Jan 2012 19

Caustic - 666 On the CrucifixCaustic
Category: EBM / Industrial / Dark Electro
Album: 666 On the Crucifix
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Stomp your feet, pump your fist, and beat your grandma: Caustic provides.


 

Caustic is a unique force in the genre – entirely unapologetic and continuously ridiculous in music and substance. This attitude, coupled with spontaneous shenanigans, has endeared front man Matt Fanale to many and offended a handful. Continuing in this vein, the one-man noise machine surprises everyone with an extremely common sound: industrial dance. 666 On the Crucifix may sound mainstream by comparison, but Fanale manages to keep it interesting through his usual wit and mockery. Fanale perhaps describes it best: “Sporting an anthemic, monstrous chorus with some other words peppered in for good measure, 666 is an EBM powerhouse that will leave you stompin’ your feet, pumpin’ your fist, and beatin’ your grandma.”

The title track is part industrial/dance perfection, part utter genre mockery, which aptly summarizes the Caustic brand as well. The music is catchy, pulsing, and danceable, while the lyrics are sometimes mindless, sometimes satirical, and entirely intentional. What meaning does the line “666 on my crucifix” have, either intrinsically or in context of the song lyrics? Probably none, but that’s the beauty of it. As Caustic continues to say, “it’s just about the beat, it’s just about the rhythm, it’s just about the hooks.” You’re probably not paying attention to the message of the song; if the lines hadn’t been written out, there’s a good chance the listener may not have known what was being said. It’s not limited to one genre or one arena – it’s the human condition when it comes to music. Half the time, the lyrics mean nothing if the music is catchy enough to substitute. Much like the films Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, Caustic has managed to create a parody that is of the same caliber or better than that which is parodied.

The single then delves into the numerous remixes of the title track, as singles tend to do. The Be My Enemy mix throws in some thrash metal guitars for good measure, making Caustic’s already Rob Zombie-esque chorus sound even more appropriate. Uberbyte’s mix takes the dark electro/dance route, while the Torrent Vaccine remix walks the aggro/rock line; both are decent, doing very different things with the song, but neither present anything ear-shattering or outrageously novel. The single throws a few more remixes in for good measure, two of songs from the band’s newest release, and one from the olden days of Caustic yore. The Gothsicles play with “I Play Computer!” and give it some lively, bouncy accompaniment along with a few matching lyrics. Fellow Wisconsin natives Null Device spin “Chum the Waters” in their typical worldly tribal way, softening the blow of the original song significantly. Blank blasts the listener back to the past with a remix of “Lady Business” from the album This is Jizzcore, giving it an electro/house makeover that is entirely engaging and refreshing against the usual sound of the single. Whereas remix singles tend to grow monotonous and uninteresting, Blank gives enough of a course change to break the norm. Caustic rounds out the single with an original track, appropriately titled “The Completely Unwarranted and Unnecessary Return of Funkbot,” an instrumental venture of electro, funk, and time-consumption.

You can love or hate Caustic, but the entertainment and creative value are undeniable. Mixing humor and dance, 666 On the Crucifix is a solid lead-in to The Golden Vagina of Fame and Profit and a good source of entertainment.
 
Track list:

  1. 666 on the Crucifix
  2. 666 on the Crucifix (Be My Enemy Mix)
  3. 666 on the Crucifix (Bad Guy Mix by Uberbyte)
  4. I Play Computer! (Workman’s Comp Mix by The Gothsicles)
  5. 666 on the Crucifix (666 On My Deadline Mix by Torrent Vaccine)
  6. Chum the Waters (Null Device Mix)
  7. Lady Business (Blank Mix)
  8. The Completely Unwarranted and Unnecessary Return of Funkbot

 
Caustic Website http://www.tellmeaboutmyuterus.com
Caustic MySpace http://www.myspace.com/causticmusic
Caustic Facebook https://www.facebook.com/causticmusic
Caustic Twitter http://twitter.com/_caustic_
Caustic ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/causticmusic
Caustic Bandcamp http://caustic.bandcamp.com
Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
Metropolis Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/metropolisrecords
Metropolis Records Facebook http://www.facebook.com/MetropolisRecords
Metropolis Records Twitter http://www.twitter.com/metropolisrec
 
Purchase at:
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2011-03-15
 
Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

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