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CD Reviews


ARTIST: Vicious Alliance

ALBUM: Crushed by the System

LABEL: COP International

REVIEWER: Matthew J.

DATE: 2-23-09

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Vicious Alliance are a terror EBM band and proud of it, and this digital EP gets that point across; inspired by the likes of Tactical Sekt and Agonoize, they hit all the familiar points without straying too far from their influences. However, they manage to create a sound that's distinctive enough to be recognizable as their own, thanks in large part to the dual vocals of Elijah S. Arms and Natalia Kowalksi. While Kowalksi doesn't have a particularly large vocal range, her clean vocals provide a femininity that contrasts intriguingly with Arms' thickly processed rasps on tracks like "Cannon Fodder" and "This Awful Contagion," and although the programming borrows liberally from hard trance, the melodic and occasionally uplifting synthesizers add a level of melody that keeps things moving. The real star of this show, however, is the guest remix of "Where Soldiers Fall" from Worms of the Earth, which severs Kowalski's wispy, wistful vocals from the thumping kicks and bass sequences of the original, then processes, chops, warps and manipulates them to fit with a moody breakbeat that's less club-friendly but much more original. A solid debut, this EP shows promise and is sure to get dance floors moving, though hopefully further efforts will see the band moving beyond the effective but somewhat formulaic terror EBM displayed here.

Join the alliance online at www.theviciousalliance.com.

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