Oct 2013 24

Suicide Commando - When Evil SpeaksSuicide Commando
Category: EBM / Electro / Industrial
Album: When Evil Speaks
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: Fans of both the newer, dancier style and the older dark electro and EBM style of Suicide Commando will find something to enjoy on When Evil Speaks, especially with the added bonus of a remix disc with the deluxe edition.


For someone who has been in the music business for almost 30 years, it is a good thing Johan van Roy has stuck to the sound his faithful followers enjoy. In 1986, van Roy began experimenting with heavy electronic music and took the name Suicide Commando, but it wasn’t until 2000 when he released his breakthrough album Mindstrip. He has been considered one of the pioneers of harsh EBM-styled techno, using raspy distorted vocals over rough keyboards and pounding beats to create his signature sound. Suicide Commando has remained consistent on every release, but it does seem that the production on the albums gets more refined with each one. There is no doubt that Suicide Commando is brutal, hook-laden, and sinister, exactly the way dark electro should sound.

When Evil Speaks starts out with van Roy’s customary intro of “Feeding My Inner Hate,” which feels like one of his most tormented and gripping intros of any album. There are a number of songs on this album that venture a little way back in Suicide Commando’s style, such as “Cut_Bleed_Eviscerate,” “Attention Whore,” “In Guns We Trust,” and “Unterwelt.” These songs are chockfull of the hard 4/4 dance beat and vicious lyrics strewn over agitated harmony, which make them solid dance tracks. However, some tracks dig very deep into his pre-millennium albums style of dark electro and EBM. Those include “Repent or Perish” and “Monster,” which include the effective song structures of old Suicide Commando and are a true treat for long term fans. “Song of No Tomorrow” is the concluding track on the album and it is far from a typical Suicide Commando song with its more downbeat and mournful feel.

The second disc features 14 remixes by many dark electro bands that would probably list Suicide Commando as one of their main influences. The bands transform the original songs into their own style but still maintain the dark electro feel of Suicide Commando. Some of the best remixes, according to this ReViewer, come from the likes of Sin DNA, Alien Vampires, First Black Pope, and Nano Infekt.

When Evil Speaks is another powerful and convincing album from Johan van Roy. He doesn’t really venture into any uncharted territories for Suicide Commando, but it is a very solid effort. For someone who hasn’t heard the band before, this album is a great place to start. Hopefully, it won’t take another three years for the next Suicide Commando album, but if so, it will give any newcomers a chance to catch up.
Track list:
Disc 1

  1. Feeding My Inner Hate
  2. Cut_Bleed_Eviscerate
  3. My Blasphemy
  4. When Evil Speaks
  5. Monster
  6. Attention Whore
  7. Repent or Perish
  8. In Guns We Trust
  9. Time (Rewind)
  10. Unterwelt
  11. Evacuate (Where’s the Exit Remix)
  12. Song of No Tomorrow

Disc 2

  1. My Blasphemy (Die Sektor Remix)
  2. Attention Whore (Incestuous Remix by Alien Vampires)
  3. When Evil Speaks (Shiv-R Remix)
  4. My Blasphemy (Absolute Body Control Remix)
  5. Repent or Perish (vProjekt Remix)
  6. When Evil Speaks (Sin DNA Remix)
  7. My Blasphemy (Dust Mix by ES23)
  8. Evacuate (Apocalyptica Remix by Betamorphose)
  9. Attention Whore (Hydra Division V Remix)
  10. Monster (Unter Null Remix)
  11. My Blasphemy (Cygnosic Remix)
  12. God is in the Rain (First Black Pope Remix)
  13. Attention Whore (Nano Infekt Remix)
  14. Song of No Tomorrow (Controlled Collapse Remix)

Suicide Commando Website http://www.suicidecommando.be
Suicide Commando Facebook http://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 http://www.facebook.com/MetropolisRecords
Metropolis Records Twitter http://www.twitter.com/metropolisrec
Metropolis Records Bandcamp http://metropolisrecords.Bandcamp.com
Purchase at:
Amazon CD (Standard)
Amazon CD (Deluxe)
Amazon MP3
Bandcamp (Standard)
Bandcamp (Deluxe)
Tony Jordan (RebelRouser)

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