Jun 2011 17

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Category: Industrial
Album: Hold My Hand
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Hold My Hand is overloaded with formulated electronic industrial dance music that mimics top artists yet remains darkly contagious.


Fans of hard-hitting industrial dance music will undoubtedly take to Shiv-R’s debut release Hold My Hand with ease. For a band to emerge with such a polished and complete package of a first album is quite remarkable. Diversity is the key factor here and it’s what makes Hold My Hand an electro/industrial dance album worthy of repeated play. The goal taken on by the duo of Pete Crane and Lee Bulig seems solely driven towards infectious, danceable music with a dark quality that mirrors acts such as Combichrist or the like.

Eerily introducing Hold My Hand is the track “Buried,” a song possessing an oddball fusion of gothic synths and underlying beats surging beneath the surface. Uncertainty as to what the rest of the album has in store takes center stage, but once the heavy bass lines and distorted kick drum begin to pound on “Parasite,” the answer becomes clearer. The electronic backbone on Hold My Hand has been stringently calculated throughout, fulfilling genre expectations to a wide margin. Adrenaline-charged beats consistently command an attentive ear and urge you to move with the rhythm. Shouting and spoken lyrics capitalize on this musical backdrop, creating a rich sound that marries to the music nicely. Though they utilize a great number of tricks-of-the-trade, Shiv-R manage to make the music their own, albeit with a flavor that is clearly familiar in today’s industrial club scene. This being said, there is more than enough uniqueness within each song to keep things interesting and fresh. The elements which Shiv-R have embraced and embellished upon take the music well beyond simple artist imitation. The overall dance element seldom becomes muddled down generically, and the formulated electronic harshness helps make the music accessible to a wider spectrum of listeners.

Distancing themselves from one another physically hasn’t seemed to hinder the connection between the two band members; on the contrary, their sync of one another’s talents through virtual connectivity seems to have introduced a broadened level of musical range and divergence. The sounds and influences that have gotten them to this point shine brightly on Hold My Hand, and based on the club popularity that the genre already holds they have nowhere to go but up.
Track list:

  1. Buried
  2. Parasite
  3. The End, Pt. 1
  4. Corruption
  5. Blood Spatter
  6. Happiness
  7. Burning Chrome
  8. Map the Feedback
  9. Taste
  10. Open My Vein
  11. Suffer
  12. The End, Pt. 2

Shiv-R Website http://www.shiv-r.com
Shiv-R MySpace http://www.myspace.com/shiverindustrial
Shiv-R Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shiv-r/43037748914
Shiv-R ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/shivr
Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
Metropolis Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/metropolisrecords
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon MP3
Stephen Lussier (ioweyouacoke)

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