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Reviews CD Reviews (EBM, Electro, Electronica) M.O.D.- Le Dios Mechanische

Artist: M.O.D

 

Album:  Le Dios Mechanische

 

Label: Gothic World Records

 

Genre: Cybergoth, Alternative, EBM

 

Release Date: October 24th, 2013

 

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Italian EBM/Cybergoth duo (Maryhell and Angie) MOD bring you this first official release, a fifteen track super-charged kick between the eyeballs. “Stonetek” opens up as a distorted, glitchy, cold EBM style intro which wakes you up with a kick-in-the-teeth burst of strident noise which gradually coalesces into the track.

 

 

Le Dios Mechanische, is a speedy, intuitive, romp with a smooth vocal flow blending with an Angelspit-esque cyber-bitch attitude. It is very rushy, a stand out track and with shifting house/techno/EBM drumloop and bassline interplay. It’s simple but enjoyable stuff.

 

   

"Psychic Trap" emits a discordant unnerving melody, and while it seems well assembled and thought out, to my ear the production was a little tinny, my personal preference would be for more sharper, front-and-centre vocals

 

   

"Suß Gift" is, again, very hyperactive, the overall sound is commercially aware while retaining a cryptic and evil underbelly. Again, while I like each of the elements in this song, am not sure they mix together perfectly. The vocalist's voice and attitude are spot-on, but sometimes they are drowned out or imperfectly integrated.

 

   

As if to show they can be cool, calm and sombre, Tödlicher Krebs (2013 version) is a more emotive and melodic affair.

 

   

"Please, Just Save Us!," however, shows a lot more novel experimentation; it’s a slow-burning horror story which reaffirms the group’s wailing, art-noize credentials whilst moving in disturbing new direction. Very creepy!

 

   

"Es La Hora Electronica" brings in yet another language (output thus far now quadrilingual!) while sticking to their base format, it’s stomping yet trancey, in the vein of Icon of Coil in sound if not vocals.

 

   

This track leads perfectly into the relentless, high-voltage turbo-demonic storm of "Oxygen Destroyer", which in turn flows smoothly into the harsh yet club-friendly synths of "Freaks" but again would have preferred the vocal presence to have been up-produced a bit here.

 

   
     

The mix on "Makaber Tanz", is, however spot-on. Uncompromising thumping hardcore oontzy beats back a swirling, furious vampiric melody, perfectly off-setting the simmering, pulsating, experimental instrumental voyage that is "A Part Of Nothing".

   
     


"Lüstern"
takes us back to darker domains with stuttering beats and a somewhat slower pace the perfect foils to an echoey andsensual drawl.

 

   

Gothic World’s twitchy, chanted introduction lurches suddenly into zooming yet another round of zooming mania before plunging us back down into "Toleranz Null" (Alien in deiner Welt)’s magical, narcotic states and alien euphoria.

 

   
     

"Die Sklaverei" brings back the album’s signature mad, zooming pace but melds this slickly with the other, more experimental tracks, so you get to say goodbye to both sides of this mercurial album in one track.

 

This has to be one of the most manic-paced and infectious albums I’ve heard in a long time, even though it is a little sloppy in places and not supremely inventive. The integration of diverse styles and the instant likability of every track, combined with the fact that, at 15 tracks, you get a lot of bang for your buck (ok, no-buck, as its a free download!), means I would heartily recommend it as an essential crazy blast-off album to all EBM cybergoth-heads out there!

 

Available for  free download: http://bit.ly/1dMaa07 or https://gothicworld.bandcamp.com/album/le-dios-mechanische

 

 

   


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