This is the debut album by Skold, so he deserves to be cut some slack.
In short, this album is an EBM album (European industrial). The
comparisons are obvious, the album is like Die Krupps meeting Nitzer
Ebb at a Front 242 concert. Originality is definately not its strong
point, but it is not a bad album.
It has got all the right elements, distorted guitar, powerhouse beats,
loads of synths and fuzzy noises and, of course, the obligatory English
in a strong accent (well he is Swedish). The album starts off with
full-on industrial assault of "Chaos", followed by the slow, mean and
moody "Remember". Then comes the abusive onslaught of "P.A.M.F."
(you'll never guess what that stands for). After that comes the edgy
soundscape of "Neverland".
That's what the whole album is like, one minute you are being pummelled
by an industrial fist, then you're soothed by some emotive sounds, only
to be beaten over the head by a big techno stick again.
There isn't really anything here that indicates that Skold is to lead
a European retaliation against US industrial and steal Nine Inch Nails'
crown. However, Skold proves himself to be a competent industrialist
and perhaps next time he might come up with something new and exciting.
All in all, this is not a bad album, and if you like this style of
music you'll probably enjoy it. If you want to hear something you
haven't heard in your Front 242 back catalogue, this album is not for
by Donnacha DeLong