Sep 2011 08

Escalator - Out of My Ego
Escalator
Category: EBM
Album: Out of My Ego
Stars: 3
Blurb: Out of My Ego is a collection of great songs that add up to a slightly monotonous album.

 

It has been 17 years since the last original release from Budapest duo Escalator, and they really haven’t missed a beat. Inspired by greats such as Front 242 and Kraftwerk, among others, they’ve erased the years and created an album of highly danceable tunes deserving of a place in any electronic music lover’s collection.

Beginning strongly with “Bad Constellation,” you get a reliable sense of what to expect from Out of My Ego. With its sci-fi sound bites and effects, you are quickly introduced to the dark future of Escalator’s making. Individually, every song is great, perfectly designed to fill the dance floor and keep dancers there, but taken as a whole, you will find a very perceptible formula being used. Each song features futuristic electronic melodies with well chosen sound clips over a driving beat and distorted vocals. Active listeners may grow restless with the lack of variation. There is one song, however, that really stands out. “Deeply Buried Psychosis” has a decidedly Thrill Kill Kult feel to it. Although the music and vocals are similar to the other tracks, it’s the blend of passionate and sinister sound clips that set this piece apart.

Escalator’s Out of My Ego is a solid EBM album from two music enthusiasts who’ve been at it for a long time. Despite their long break from recording, they have managed to come back with a collection of songs that would be at home in any EBM DJ mix. There isn’t a bad song in the bunch. In fact, most are above average. It is only when taken as a whole that the album becomes a bit repetitive.

Track list:

  1. Bad Constellation
  2. Rew Stop Play
  3. Out Of My Ego
  4. Deeply Buried Psychosis
  5. Shut Me Off
  6. Strike
  7. Biological Countdown
  8. Gépek Lesztek

Escalator Website http://www.escalator.hu
Escalator MySpace http://www.myspace.com/escalatorebm
Escalator Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Escalator/119605581404490
Escalator ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/escalator
Elektro Kommando Website http://www.elektrokommando.org
Elektro Kommando MySpace http://www.myspace.com/elektrokommando
EK Product Website http://www.ekproduct.com
EK Product MySpace http://www.myspace.com/ekproduct

Purchase at…
Amazon MP3

2011-01-24

Charity VanDeberg (CharityV)

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