Dec 2011 28

Haujobb - New World MarchHaujobb
Category: Industrial / Electro
Album: New World March
Stars: 4
Blurb: Haujobb returns with a vengeance, further pursuing their signature sound while evoking some of the best elements of their past.


 

Haujobb has had an interesting pattern of development since the band’s inception in the early ‘90s. From pure industrial to minimal electro and IDM to EBM and back again, Daniel Myer and Dejan Samardzic have explored virtually all realms of electronic music with Haujobb, making them one of the most revered and musically diverse entities in the underground music scene. Enjoying a good run with Metropolis Records, the band’s last release in 2006, Vertical Mixes hinted at Myer’s growing predilection for ambient noise, culminating in further experiments with his instrumental Architect project. During this time, Samardzic took a hiatus from music, during which time Myer recorded and toured with Destroid and Covenant, leaving many to wonder when we would hear from Haujobb again. With New World March, the band’s first full-length album in six years, Haujobb returns on the Tympanik Audio label to unveil a collection of songs sure to state longtime fans and further their development into new realms of electronic experimentation.

As something of a comeback album for Haujobb, it should come as no surprise that certain elements throughout will evoke past material. From the onset of “Control” with its repeating phrases of harp-like loops building to a menacing atmosphere and off-key chord progressions will sound reminiscent of Freeze Frame Reality. The same can be said for song like “Membrane” with its moderate beat and monotonic bass lines and vocals, the accompanying synth melody in the verses really bringing to mind the best moments of Haujobb’s past. While “Dead Market” was released as the introductory single, possessing a robotic ambience and a slow buildup of mechanized loops, the more energetic “Let’s Drop Bombs” would have been in this writer’s opinion a much more effective single with its trancelike pads and a repetitive atonal chord progression that never loses its dark and foreboding appeal. The additional guitar-like distortions give it a very vintage Haujobb feel, while the slow fade-in of the intro could be a remnant of Myer’s recent work with Covenant. The same can be said for “Soul Reader” as its tinny synth sounds jump out from the speakers amid breathy robotic manipulations that are as fresh as they are classic. Always ones to juxtapose layers of ambient pads with intricate programming that runs the gamut from infectiously danceable to mind-numbingly frantic, the soundtrack quality of songs like “Machine Drum” and “New World March” only demonstrate Myer’s and Samardzic’s signatures haven’t faded in the interim since their last album.

As if 12 tracks wasn’t enough, Haujobb offers a bonus remix version of the album, with This Morn’ Omina’s take on “Soul Reader” and Ah Cama-Sotz’s version of “Dead Market” being especially noteworthy for their inclusion of tribal percussion, which greatly add to the energy of the songs. New World March serves to reinforce Haujobb’s place in the annals of underground electronic music, further exemplifying Myer’s and Samardzic’s propensity for combining sonic exploration with subtle and discordant melody in a manner that few others have managed to achieve. While the album may not offer much deviation from what we’ve heard from the band in the past, it does well to remind us that nobody else sounds like Haujobb, and now that they’ve returned, we can rest assured that nobody ever will.
 
Track list:
Disc 1

  1. Control
  2. Crossfire
  3. Let’s Drop Bombs
  4. More Than Us
  5. Machine Drum
  6. Dead Market
  7. Lost
  8. Soul Reader
  9. Little World
  10. Membrane
  11. New World March
  12. Echo

 
Disc 2

  1. Control (Xabec Remix)
  2. Crossfire (Dryft Remix)
  3. Let’s Drop Bombs (Dupont Remix)
  4. More Than Us (Continues Remix)
  5. Machine Drum (Unknown Remix)
  6. Dead Market (Ah Cama-Sotz Remix)
  7. Lost (Somatic Responses Remix)
  8. Soul Reader (This Morn’ Omina Remix feat. Rosey)
  9. Little World (Binary Park Remix)
  10. Membrane (Acretongue Remix)
  11. New World March (Anklebiter Remix)
  12. Echo (Incite/ Remix)

 
Haujobb Website http://haujobb-music.com
Haujobb MySpace http://www.myspace.com/haujobbmusic
Haujobb Facebook https://www.facebook.com/haujobbmusic
Haujobb SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/haujobb
Tympanik Audio Website http://tympanikaudio.com
Tympanik Audio MySpace http://myspace.com/tympanik
Tympanik Audio Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tympanik-Audio/137795642739
Tympanik Audio Twitter http://twitter.com/tympanik
 
Purchase at:
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2011-11-11
 
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

2 Comments

  1. Vortexan says:

    Why doesn’t Re Gen do a top 10 list of the best albums of the year? I think the general music public is looking for industrial/ebm artists and albums to get behind and promote(esp. through end of year lists), but these artists are very hard to find. Witch house will only be popular for so long. The genre pleads you to make it easier for music critics and us displaced dark music fans to find the absolute best of the year in the category. Fuck Drake, we need to get industrial music back in the picture!

    • Ilker says:

      ReGen will be doing a Top 10 for 2012.
      A Top 10 list was a main staple of ReGen prior to our crash of 2010. As such, we weren’t able to do a Top 10 of 2010. As 2011 has been spent ReDesigning the site and recovering the plethora of old content, as well as having major changes in the staff lineup, a Top 10 of 2011 just wasn’t a priority for us.
      The Top 10 of the year WILL return in 2012 though.
      Thanks so much for reading and for keeping up with ReGen and for your encouragement. =)

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