Sonik Foundry – Chaos (CD Album – Nilaihah Records)Posted on 20/11/13
Genre/Influences: EBM, techno-body.
Content: After having released such an accomplished and successful album as “Explosive” (2012) I was wondering what would be the next step for Sonik Foundry. I can already reveal that the new work can’t beat the magic of “Explosive” although “Chaos” is a cool and modern piece of EBM.
The main ingredients and successful formula of the earlier work (and especially the “Explosive”-album) have been used again, but for some specific reasons it sounds less accomplished than on its predecessor. One of the main strengths of “Chaos” is the melody line, which sounds solid and is carrying most of the songs. But one of the main points that start to annoy me after a while is the sound of the melody line, which is less diversified. Song after song it starts to create a déjà-vu effect and that’s really a pity because the elaboration of the songs is perfect.
But let’s get back to the debut of “Chaos”, which is heavy, dynamic and merciless! The opening cuts are quite body-techno-like reminding me of Komor Kommando. Sonik Foundry here confirms their great skills of sound manipulation and that’s definitely what I like about this band.
“Undead” comes closer to typical dark EBM and it’s not the only song reminding me a bit of Leather Strip. There’s nothing to say, but the debut part of this album kick a**. It’s right after this smashing debut that Sonik Foundry moves on to more repetitive patterns. Don’t get me wrong, I can imagine Sonik Foundry fans will not be disappointed listening to “Chaos”, but I think a little bit more diversity in the sound production would have been an absolute bonus. The last part of the album sounds like fulfilling my expectations. “The Aftermath” sounds like freaky EBM while “House Of Fear” deals with raw EBM. “Placate Me” features some guitar-like sounds, which here again are injecting some extra diversity.
The last part of the release features remixes by Bella Morte and Alkemic Generator. I especially like the remix of “Dreamland” by Alkemic Generator for the addition of some mysterious and elevating female chants.
Conclusion: “Chaos” is characterized by a real strong debut part, an average middle part and an efficient final part. In the end I would say that Sonik Foundry has not released their best album to date, but here again I think it’s not that easy to do better than “Explosive”.
Best songs: “Mind Twister”, “Chaos”, “Undead”, “The Aftermath”, House Of Fear”.
Band: www.sonikfoundry.com / www.facebook.com/SonikFoundry.Nikademus
Label: www.nilaihah.com / www.facebook.com/Nilaihah
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