Oct 2012 02

Object - Mechanisms of FaithObject
Category: Industrial
Album: Mechanisms of Faith
Stars: 4
Blurb: While this album’s sound might remind you of the past era of industrial music, its huge appeal is sure to transcend any time defined borders.


 

In catching up on a long denied serialized TV fiction, in one of the episodes of a recent X-Files-esque show, this writer found the protagonists visiting a trendy, underground industrial club. While the well dressed New York bourgeois were dancing away to tracks by Nine Inch Nails and Ladytron(!), I felt nostalgia for those moments in the mainstream pop culture that acknowledged the existence of industrial in a different, raw form. Object’s Mechanisms of Faith, at first, felt just like that revelation – a music taken out of the particular moment in the late ‘80s when industrial might have seemed as ubiquitous as it ever had the right to be. Unlike an amber relic frozen in time, this release began to reveal its hidden depths with increasing intensity and what the listener ends up with is not an album that can be dismissed as old school or retro, but one that encapsulates certain immortal traits of the entire genre.

Object’s sound can be, initially, best described as stripped down and spartan, especially when compared to some of the lush, dense electronic compositions that dominate the dance floors. The songs are usually driven by a systematic, unstoppable beat attached to a melodic, evocative core. However, Andreas Malik – the mastermind behind Object – crafts his music like a refined puzzle, a Matrioshka like structure that begins as deceptively bare and continues to layer multiple melodies. No individual track on Mechanisms of Faith is ever deconstructed to the point where it would become simplistic and predictable. Instead, Malik seems to weave an intricate tapestry of rhythmic stomps and captivating compositions.

“Mescaline Crisis” is a hypnotic track even if it marks Mechanisms of Faith as highly evocative of albums like Frontline Assembly’s Tactical Neural Implant, albeit less danceable and more focused on melodic gentle synths, even if let down by standard issue, growling vocalization. The album reawakens a cyberpunk-esque nihilism and fear of the future distilled into digitally encoded soundscapes. Following “Neural Explosions” emerges a blunt beat and a haunting melody that somehow reawakens technology’s threatening presence, here encapsulated within the gritty texture of the song and yet again reminiscent of albums from the previous decade. A similar menacing quality seems to radiate from energetic, aggressive tracks like “Blind Obedience,” “Soul Seeking,” and the dirty and noisy “Morphine Desire.” But no matter how dark things get, Object is always capable of deploying an unexpected and totally masterful element of synth derived melody, potent enough to sway the mood of the entire composition. So effortless are the arrangements on Mechanisms of Faith that tracks like “Distant Memories” or “Empire in Peril” seem to, singlehandedly, redefine some of the expectations that one might have when dealing with hard hitting electro.

It’s not a faultless record, however, and dialogue samples appear with no consistency and no benefit to the flow or lyrical impact of the music. On certain occasions, they are downright intrusive and irritatingly abrupt. In “Mechanisms of Faith,” a particular fragment appears twice, annoyingly detached from the whole. Go no further than Uberbyte’s SIC or even Velvet Acid Christ’s HexAngel to see this classic industrial trait deployed to much better effect. Here, the sudden appearance of Stallone’s Rambo on “Blind Obedience” is rather laughable and Object might have been better off without those cinematic inserts.

The release comes bundled with an entire CD devoted to remixes, aptly named Old School Conspiracy, that laboriously reworks tracks from Mechanisms of Faith and enhances some of their most basic elements. “Mescaline Crisis,” for example, receives a hypnotic IDM makeover via the Sleepwalk Burnout remix and the even more impressive, danceable reworking on the Red Test mix. In the spirit of the original, Old School Conspiracy brilliantly reinforces the notion that some retro fascinations are at work on Object’s new release, but in its own right, Old School Conspiracy is a varied and self sustainable selection of music.

Object occupies this special space of total synergy of style and substance where sounds are not recycled but understood on some impossible to grasp molecular level. Object makes them theirs as if they never belonged to anyone before and unleashes them upon the audience in a miraculous stream that renders them new, fresh, and exciting. Mechanisms of Faith is not an album in love with the past incarnations of industrial fury, but very much an album that exists within this style. To consider it a throwback would be to deny it its identity that is grounded as much in the decade that gave birth to Revolting Cocks and FLA as it is in “right here, right now.” Object gave us a uniformly impressive album, at once beautiful and harsh, and a potent statement about all of industrial music – its versatile, limitless potential and complexity.
 
Track list:
Disc 1: Mechanisms of Faith

  1. Mescaline Crisis (feat. Fix 8:Sed8)
  2. Neural Explosions
  3. The Mechanisms of Faith
  4. Dream Collector
  5. State of Reality
  6. Blind Obedience
  7. Under Zero Halo
  8. Distant Memories
  9. Soul Seeking (feat. LPF12)
  10. Morphine Desire
  11. For Eternity
  12. Density of Fear
  13. Urban Claustrophobia
  14. Empires in Peril (Album Version)
  15. Each Slow Turn

 
Disc 2: Old School Conspiracy

  1. Blood Patch (Robotiko Rejekto Remix)
  2. Blood Patch Part 2 (Controlled Fusion Remix)
  3. Density of Fear (Brain Leisure Remix)
  4. Mescaline Crisis (Sleepwalk Burnout Mix)
  5. Mescaline Crisis (Acoasm by Second Disease)
  6. Blood Patch (Alternative Instrumental Version 2001)
  7. Morphine Desire (Analgetic TB-Mix by amGod)
  8. Mescaline Crisis (Red+Test Remix)
  9. Morphine desire (Reform by One Eye Wanders)
  10. Existence on Trial (Abscess(ed) by Abscess)
  11. Morphine Desire (Jihad Remix)
  12. Existence on Trial (Pyrroline Remix)
  13. Static Motion (Unreleased Demo)
  14. End of Line (Unreleased Demo)

 
Object Website http://www.object-music.de
Object MySpace http://www.myspace.com/objectger
Electro Aggression Records Website http://www.electroaggressionrecords.com
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2012-02-16
 
Damian Glowinkowski (DamienG)

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