Category: EBM / Electro
Blurb: Simply catchy, angrily pulsating, Sonik Foundry’s fourth album solidifies the band as a no holds barred electro entity, with just a few frills for flavor.
The scratchy sound of vinyl or radio static enters with a distorted synth bass line, eventually clearing up to a pulsating beat and darkened, forceful vocals, and so “Beat It Down” begins the fourth release from New England’s Sonik Foundry. Explosive does well to live up to its title as Sonik Foundry presents a refined sense of musical polish and tight production that places the band on par with the genre’s greats. Along with Nikademus’s healthy balance of grit and melody, and it makes for an appealing mix that will surely send many running for the dance floor and a few listening beyond the simplicity of the beats.
While Sonik Foundry’s sound may not offer much that hasn’t been heard of before in EBM/electro, Nikademus and company present a strong set of songs full of searing synth leads and catchy bass lines that could rival the heaviest hitters in the scene. The acidic textures along with the assertive and distorted vocals of “Slipping Away” giving way to a pleasantly melodic chorus, as well as the pumping beats and infectious arpeggios of “Fuse” could both easily stand up to Combichrist, while the caustic and rubbery bass lines and minor breakbeats of “Primer” bear a semblance to dubstep if given an EBM makeover. Some songs like “Fusion” and “Desolate” are slightly more monotonic with very little variation in chord structure or melody; perfect for lovers of acerbic electro along the lines of Suicide Commando, but aside from the occasional chorus progression stay locked in a continuous mode unbefitting for deeper listening. Even on the more tuneful tracks like “Obliterate” with its slithering dive bomb synth bass and “Fallen” with Nikademus’ fusing of dark melody and distorted screams, or even the throbbing bass and beats topped off by raspy vocals that beckon listeners to wave their fists and shout along, there is a rather formulaic approach to the music. However, this is part of Sonik Foundry’s appeal – the band’s ability to present a simple but powerful brand of electro that is uncompromisingly catchy and enjoyable.
Closing Explosive out is three remixes, with Assemblage 23’s Tom Shear putting his unmistakable signature sense of pop hooks and synthesized melody on “Fuse,” making for a wonderful complement that may surpass the original version. In a similar fashion, 00tz 00tz infuse “Slipping Away” with some entrancing arpeggios and a subtle dash of harmonic manipulation on Nikademus’ voice to make for an interesting remix, while SINthetik Messiah offer up a remix of “Severance Pay,” a track originally featured on the previous album, Parish of Redemption. Once again, a dubstep influence is heard in this track as wobbly synths and frantic arrangements that are sure to confound and excite the listener abound to bring the album to an appropriately Explosive conclusion. Overall, Sonik Foundry clearly loves what they do, and they do it rather well. With a select palette of tones and patches at play, hearing much of the same sounds throughout Explosive can become just a little trying on the listener, but again, the strength of the songs and the sheen of the production make it a powerful and satisfying listen.
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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)