May 2014 08

Virgins O.R Pigeons - Gotta Get MadVirgins O.R Pigeons
Category: EBM / Electro
Album: Gotta Get Mad
Stars: 4.5
Blurb: Defying the odds and fate’s tumultuous twists, Virgins O.R Pigeons deliver one of the past year’s finest and most reinvigorating electro offensives.


The EP released by the Greek trio earlier in 2013 has already exposed the audience to several specks of brilliance that now, with the arrival of Gotta Get Mad, evolve into a fully developed EBM specimen, ready to be unleashed upon the listeners like a potent sonic contagion. The sounds and rhythms of Virgins O.R Pigeons’ long awaited sophomore record, once lost in a catastrophic computer crash, are proudly danceable and mercilessly exploit all of the potential encoded within the DNA of the dark EBM genre.

The sample that opens the album’s titular track turns it into a menacing, nihilistic, and downright apocalyptic thematic intro, even if Sidney Lumet’s classic movie Network has nothing to do with the futuristic cyberpunk rhythms that it instigates in the context of this record. The musical awakening that follows is a blood pumping, nerve shredding assault of intensifying layers of electro and even the aggression, inherently bound to the subversive lyrics of “Gotta Get Mad,” does not overwhelm the frenzy inducing power of the band’s music. The record doesn’t slow down for a split second and the already familiar “Time to Die” and “Bleed to Lead” both provide a backdrop of crystal clear rhythms and raving synths, a pitch perfect accompaniment to a night of dance frenzy, ideally suited to replace your regular dose of caffeine as a main physical stimulant. Almost uniformly throughout its duration, Gotta Get Mad manages to sustain the same level of intensity and high octane power established within its first few minutes. The slightly diluted, ensnaring pop mode of “Enemy Ghost” and “Done With You” retains the opacity of the melodies that momentarily imprint themselves in the listener’s memory and begin to live their own life, hummed and tapped to alongside the unraveling synth lines. Those more deliberate compositions reveal the pop core of the record, its dark futuristic quality that is at once highly emotional and active on a purely physical level. Even the most intense and noisy of tracks like “Versus Christus” and “Bordello,” filled with layers of heavy grinding textures, are slaves to the defining forces of the record – the angst ridden, dramatic vocals and propelling dynamism.

Gotta Get Mad is a prime example of a record that went through painful birth pangs but was saved and nurtured by its authors with respectable determination. All of that would mean nothing, however, if it wasn’t for the fact that the final result is of a highest caliber and determined to squeeze every bit of energy out of the stale tropes of club electro. Expect your ears to be pumped full of dynamic beats and crisp melodies, as energizing as they are deeply romantic and loaded with positive, life-affirming force that can only be expressed with this degree of purity on a sweaty, crowded dance floor.
Track list:

  1. Gotta Get Mad
  2. Time to Die
  3. Enemy Ghost
  4. Done with You
  5. Full of Nothing
  6. Versus Christus
  7. Bleed to Lead (I Give Up)
  8. Bordello
  9. Born in Sin
  10. In My Head
  11. Bio Psycho Social

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Damian Glowinkowski (DamienG)

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