Genre/Influences: EBM, dark-electro, industrial.
Background/Info: 2nd Face is a brand-new German solo-project set up by Vincent Uhlig. The debut work “Nemesis” features 12 songs, which will appeal to lovers of dark-electronics with haunting atmospheres.
Content: “Nemesis” is a judicious mix between sophisticated EBM elements and oppressive dark atmospheres. The sound sculptures are sophisticated and sometimes accomplished with epic/orchestral arrangements. The overwhelming atmospheres are extremely dark and even tormenting.
2nd Face has a Canadian sound approach, which reminds me of Frontline Assembly, but there also is a European style reminding me of Yelworc for the obscure atmospheric style and Vomito Negro for the dark sounds and menacing bass lines. The work reveals omnipresent industrial sounds and noises making the final production even more disturbing, powerful and danceable.
+ + + : The least I can say is that Dependent has a nose to find new talents, but 2nd Face is something really different. This is the kind of work that leaves me breathless. The global production is absolutely mind-blowing. The songs have been composed with terrific sound treatments, multiple studio effects and hard-hitting industrial noises. The result is a hard and intelligent EBM format, but I also like the haunting atmospheres hanging over the album. It also is an essential aspect of this release. The sound formula fascinates me, but there are also numerous noticeable cuts on “Nemesis”. This is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most promising new coming bands from 2017 and I even dare to say one of the next leading formation of the electro-underground scene!
– – – : This album is close to perfection so I don’t have any negative feedback. All I can say is you are either going to love 2nd Face or not… there’s no way in between.
Conclusion: 2nd Face is a newcomer with an incredible maturity and the talent of a genius! Vincent Uhlig defines his music as ‘modern industrial’, which is an appropriated definition. It definitely is a visionary work with a succession of highlights. This will be for sure one of the ‘top’ albums of the year!
Best songs: “Weapon”, “Divine”, “1st Of His Name”, “Deathspread”, “Now You Can See”.