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I:Scintilla - Dying & FallingI:Scintilla
Category: Industrial Rock
Album: Dying & Falling
Stars: 4
Blurb: I:Scintilla’s latest release is dark electronic rock for the mainstream.

 

I:Scintilla is an electronic rock band formed in 2003 in Chicago, IL. Comprised of vocalist Brittany Bindrim, guitarist/programmer Jim Cookas, drummer Vincent Grech, and guitarist/programmer Brent Leitner, the band’s third and latest full-length release is Dying & Falling.

Musically, Dying & Falling is consistently a bold record, replete with crunchy guitars, accelerated drumbeats, and a layer of electronic elements that help glue it all together. “Mothership” is one of the more aggressive tracks on the album, with riffs and rhythms that strongly evoke Chicago ex-patriots KMFDM. Even Bindrim’s fluid vocal work, often devoid of processing, is similar in ways to KMFDM’s Lucia Ciafarelli, albeit without that singer’s menacing ferocity. “Prey on You” takes a distinctly modern pop/dance approach, producing a track that’s more akin to an underground Lady Gaga. The intensity of the work is also complemented with tracks that set a more melodic and subdued tone, resulting in a record that’s balanced and diverse. “The Shake,” “The Omen,” and “Dying & Falling” are by their nature mirror images of Dying & Falling’s harder rock-informed tracks, and display a gentler, more introspective side to the band.

In the final analysis Dying & Falling is a solid, well rounded record. However, its mix is too clean, and the composition and execution of the music is too grounded in mainstream styles to really catch on with underground audiences. Even some of I:Scintilla’s edgier tracks feel a little forced, but their slower, more melodic songs are where the band really shows its talent, and this writer imagines may be the direction the band will pursue more diligently in the future.

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I:Scintilla Website http://www.iscintilla.com
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2010-12-03

Brian Backlash (BrianBacklash)

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