Oct 2012 26

Suicide Commando - Attention WhoreSuicide Commando
Category: EBM
Album: Attention Whore
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: The EBM giants pace themselves with this solid but unsurprising EP that paves the way for their upcoming long playing release.


 

Suicide Commando is the undisputed godfather of harsh electro and with some 25 years of energizing audiences, imprinted on the brow of Johan Von Roy, the band rightfully attracts attention with each new release. The new EP is conceived as a tiny snippet of things to come, with two previously unpublished tracks and several remixes stimulating the fans awaiting the fully fledged album. Attention Whore with its instigating title certainly carries out a full frontal assault, but the preview of the new material finds Suicide Commando confidently threading familiar ground without ever displaying much of their signature character.

The titular track in its original form is a textbook aggrotech endeavor defined by a consistent beat that with mechanical precision invites the listener’s fists to cut the air in a swinging motion; it grows tedious quickly because Suicide Commando’s stellar technical execution is applied to a pedestrian and stale piece of music that is never matched by a truly striking hook. While in theory very much competent, “Attention Whore” doesn’t strain the band’s creative muscle, relying on some of the genre’s most obvious tropes. It’s a damn shame too as the unsurprising sound seems unworthy of the ironic zest that pokes fun at the recent schism among the audience; the explicitly misogynist title sets a farcical façade for the song’s actual content and is a welcomed approach on behalf of the industry legends proving their lasting self consciousness. Lighter in tone and character is “Evacuate,” which sways towards electro with sirens heralding a dynamic and bouncy track that definitely has dance floor potential, but yet again, finds Suicide Commando at the peak of creative rut.
Not one out of the five remixes included on Attention Whore registers vividly despite the inclusion of highly regarded brand names. Funker Vogt preserves the exact structure of Von Roy’s track, adding very little to the mix but subtle tweaks to the beat, organizing the rhythm. [x]-Rx and Sleetgrout detonate some of the inherent angst by introducing an electro vibe to the dense and noisy original, but on the latter remix, flashed out vocals contrast unpleasantly with the cheerful, trancelike styling. Fans of Nachtmahr will be pleased that Thomas Rainer strives to preserve his own unique approach and his remix employs the same marching pace and especially in the way that lyrics are manipulated and transformed into a melodic chorus, the song is reminiscent of his own stomping hits – it easily stands as the EP’s highpoint. Closing the track list is a single mix of “Evacuate” by DJ John Lord Fonda, which sways, not atypically for techno, between quiet ambient and brief outbursts of energy.

There’s little that even a mediocre effort like Attention Whore can do to harm Sucide Commando’s deserved reputation. However, only true fans and completists of the catalog should feel compelled to obtain it at face value. As a lead in to the incoming new album, it does an unremarkable job of selling and hyping its content, but only time will tell whether this generic feel will carry over to the final release or be overcome by Commando’s flair for energizing EBM.
 
Track list:

  1. Attention Whore
  2. Evacuate
  3. Attention Whore (Funker Vogt Remix)
  4. Attention Whore ([x]-Rx Remix)
  5. Attention Whore (Sleetgrout Remix)
  6. Attention Whore (Nachtmahr Remix)
  7. Evacuate (John Lord Fonda Remix)

 
Suicide Commando Website http://www.suicidecommando.be
Suicide Commando MySpace http://www.myspace.com/suicidecommando
Suicide Commando Facebook https://www.facebook.com/IIXIII
Suicide Commando Twitter https://twitter.com/SUICIDEC0MMAND0
Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
Metropolis Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/metropolisrecords
Metropolis Records Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MetropolisRecords
Metropolis Records Twitter https://twitter.com/metropolisrec
Out of Line Website http://www.outofline.de
Out of Line MySpace http://www.myspace.com/outoflinelabel
Out of Line Facebook https://www.facebook.com/outoflinelabel
Out of Line Twitter https://twitter.com/outofline
 
Purchase at:
Amazon CD
Amazon MP3
 
2012-07-20
 
Damian Glowinkowski (DamienG)

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