May 2013 08

God Module - Empath 2.0God Module
Category: EBM
Album: Empath 2.0
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: The tenth anniversary reissue of 2003’s Empath features little in the way of extras.


Back in 2003, God Module unleashed the band’s relentless second album, Empath. The LP saw the group grow leaps and bounds, both musically and lyrically, over the debut offering, 1999’s Artificial. Empath offered more personal and human themes throughout, instead of the abstract sci-fi fare of its predecessor, making it an instant classic. For the 10 year anniversary of the legendary album, God Module has rereleased an updated version, titled (creatively) Empath 2.0. Unfortunately, there are not many extras that make this new edition worth investing in.

When an artist decides to reissue a past work, especially one as seminal as Empath, there is usually a litany of extras to come along with it. Whether they are live cuts, studio outtakes, B-sides or demos, reissues are usually an exciting glimpse into an artist’s past creative efforts. Sadly, God Module has decided to include very little in the way of bonus features for this updated edition. That being said, one of the perks of this reissue is the high quality remastering effort. The album’s sound is so crisp and clear that it’s hard to believe that it’s over 10 years old. Time tested club hits such as “Telekinetic” and “Curse” have never sounded better. The remastered version also benefits “Entranced,” which despite its haunting lyrics is a beautiful track full of small electronic flourishes that were buried in the mix on the original Empath. The KMFDM-esque stomp of “Reverse Inversion” and “Lunacy” will inspire old fans of God Module and surely gain the band some new ones as well. To close the album, God Module has included an updated version of the classic “Evolve,” which, quite frankly, may be one of the most enjoyable tracks on the album. Percolating synth leads, irresistible dance beats, and an inspired vocal performance make “Evolve(d)” sound amazingly fresh. It’s a shame that this is the only extra material found on the album. Musically, Empath 2.0 is fantastic, thanks in no small part to the floor rumbling remastering effort. The songs themselves sound great, even after maturing for a decade, which is more than can be said for many of God Module’s contemporaries. Another cool feature of Empath 2.0 is the updated artwork. God Module had an online contest that had fans send in artwork that would be used for the reissue and the band chose the work of artist Eric Bombardt, which makes the album as fun to look at as it is to listen to.

Empath 2.0 hits all the right notes for a full-length release, but because it’s a reissue, it feels a bit slighted. The remastering certainly benefits the sound quality of the record and the updated artwork is cool, but it doesn’t seem like enough to keep longtime fans of the group engaged. Granted, the original album has been out-of-print for ages, so it’s nice to have these tracks available again, but that would have never deterred a resourceful fan. What makes rereleases so fun for fans is the ability to really experience an album as a whole. With nearly no bonus material or detailed liner notes, Empath 2.0 feels more like a release to gain new fans instead of a release to satiate the hunger of the fans that have been there all along.
Track list:

  1. Catalyst
  2. Telekinetic
  3. As the Night Falls
  4. Entranced
  5. Reverse Inversion
  6. Curse
  7. Levitation
  8. Dear Dead Flesh
  9. Ever After
  10. Lunacy
  11. Evolve(d)

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Ryan Brun (RBrun)

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