Sep 2011 08

Psy'Aviah - Eclectric
Category: EBM / Industrial
Album: Eclectric
Stars: 4
Blurb: Not quite as eclectic as the title might hint, but Psy’Aviah still rocks it out as always.


The title is a bit misleading, as moving between upbeat EBM/industrial to down-tempo electro/industrial isn’t exactly a fitting definition of “eclectic.” But a misnomer can be forgiven when stacked up against the sound itself. Psy’Aviah delivers high energy sound with an excellent dark edge with their new album Eclectric. Perhaps by “eclectic,” Psy’Aviah is referring to eclecticism within the genre of EBM; sometimes smooth and moving, sometimes harsh and in-your-face, Psy’Aviah wraps its arms around the EBM genre and uses every side of it for their third release in four years.

The music of the album keeps a dark EBM feel, but varies slightly in style between dance/club and darker down-tempo, between minimal repetitive vocals and critical ones. Emélie Nicolaï’s vocals are at once sultry and powerful, Yves Schelpe’s mixing is spot-on, and Kristof De Clerck’s guitar can remain atmospheric and stab into the midst of things exactly when it’s needed. Psy’Aviah shows a magnificent variation in beat across the album (perhaps this is the eclecticism?), from the complex drumming of “Attract/Reject” to the straight-up club beat of “Twisted Mind.” Songs “Sweet Hard Revenge,” “Paranoid,” and “Fear (Practice)” are engaging and powerful. “Something Evil” and “Blackhole” are smooth and critical, while “Rivotril Nights” is magnificently ethereal and down-tempo. Psy’Aviah also makes excellent choices in special appearances. Guest vocalist Jennifer Parkin of Ayria is powerful in the song “Into the Game,” and truly nothing compares to the vocals of Front 242’s Jean-Luc De Meyer on “Ophélie,” even if he’s just reading a poem by Rimbaud. The repetitive nature of some of the songs makes the music drag a bit, but fortunately Psy’Aviah’s sheer talent makes up for this stumbling block.

Psy’Aviah holds their ground as one of the strongest new bands in the genre. Perhaps future works will display a true eclecticism; for now, though, we’re happy with what they give.
Track list:

  1. No Excuse
  2. Keep Hope Alive
  3. !AllAboutYou
  4. Something Evil
  5. Anger Management
  6. Attract/Reject
  7. Paranoid
  8. Blackhole
  9. Ophélie (feat. Jean-Luc De Meyer)
  10. Sweet Hard Revenge
  11. Into the Game (feat. Ayria)
  12. Twisted Mind
  13. Fear (Theory)
  14. Fear (Practice)
  15. Rivotril Night

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Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

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