Artist: Sonik Foundry
CD Title: Mechanized
Label: Hitman Records
Reviewer: Julie Johnson
Just released on Friday, the 13th, 2009 is the first ever Sonik Foundry release, “Mechanized.” Nikademus is the creator, programmer and vocalist all on this release. The first thing I noticed was the incredible clean programming. Sonik Foundry displays well-balanced EBM through the excellent programming. For me, the sound was fresh and unique, and unlike many EBM albums after a few songs they all sound the same, but not here on “Mechanized”. Not only is Mechanized dark, but it is also perfect to dance along to due to the many dark –up tempo tracks. Lyrics tend to focus on the evil in this world, thoughts of suicide, as several songs do mention this topic, in such songs as “Columbine Soldiers” and “Human Nature”, which tends to be the most harsh and dark track on the entire CD. The lyrics definitely come from deep-inside of Nikademus. The vocals remind me a little bit of a Gary Numan feel, but in slightly lower in key and sometimes in a monotone style before the vocal changes kick in that create this powerful melody that really grabs you in to sing along. I also like that vocals were clear, where you can actually enjoy both the singing and music. Not worry, Nickademus can show his vocal ranges, especially in “My Evil”. “Mechanized,” is a fantastic first release that easily could influence many EBM artists to come. With so many great songs it is hard to say which ones to listen to, well of course all of them. My personal recommendations from the new album “Mechanized” would be “My Experiment”, “Alone”, “My Evil”, and “Mechanized”. So, what are you waiting for, head on over to Hitman Records and pick up this release today.
Check out the band: www.hitmanrecords.net