Category: EBM / Electro
Album: Realm of Disorder
Blurb: Treading the same ground as past releases, the latest album from this New England act struggles to exceed any expectations.
There is a small sense of admiration that should be given to any band or artist that successfully settles into a particular niche and manages to remain consistent within it. Such is the case with New England electro/EBM act Sonik Foundry, as exemplified by a continuing stream of albums that manage to deliver the goods of scorching bass lines, searing synth leads, acerbic vocals, and beats too damn catchy not to stomp along to. Realm of Disorder is but the latest in the band’s stream, which is – if this album is any indication – in danger of running absolutely dry.
With the guitars and live drums that have so effectively managed to give Sonik Foundry an added presence in the live setting having been all but muted, what we have is the pureness of Nikademus’ music and voice. Unfortunately, this is not sufficient to maintain interest as it lays bare the increasingly formulaic nature of his approach, making this album almost a carbon copy of the previous release, Chaos. Songs like “Drone” and especially “Freedom Martyrs” begin interestingly enough, with the latter song bearing a martial atmosphere of marching drums and faux-orchestral flourishes amid the sounds of gunfire on the battlefield before a pulsating bass and beat kicks in. Topped off with Nikademus’ vocals, which seem to stay within a very limited note range with some nicely subtle effects added for flavor, the song comes off like a Funker Vogt remix of VNV Nation, or vice versa; good to dance to, but also rather pedestrian in its adherence to tried and true EBM conventions. Much of the album follows in this vein, with songs like “Terror,” “Tormentor,” “Chains,” and the appropriately titled “Floorkiller” all bearing the same arrangement of throbbing beats and bass sequences, a sharply biting yet fluid lead line, and vocals that do little to carve out a melodic phrase apart from the tonic, all simply beckoning you to dance. Notable is “Deceiver” as it bears a closer resemblance to late ‘90s techno a la Mortal Kombat, as well as “Never Again” for its dynamic percussion, slower yet still danceable, more new wave tempo and tonal range, with Nikademus singing one of the album’s more outstanding melodies.
Sonik Foundry had promised that Realm of Disorder would raise the bar and forge a new and unique blend of sounds for the band, but alas, this has not come to pass. Though the opener “Killing the Machine” showcases an intricate blend of industrialized sound effects and the Ruined Conflict remix of “Terror” bears more of the EDM elements that the band supposedly incorporated, the bulk of the album treads the same ground that Sonik Foundry has been dancing on for quite some time. This should certainly appease those with their ears tuned to the DJ’s mentality of simply filling the dance floor, but having already done so with past albums, Realm of Disorder is rendered not only nonessential but also a rather redundant release.
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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)