Schyzzo – Clash (CD EP – Advoxya)
Genre/Influences: Breakbeat, industrial, techoid.
Background/Info: Schyzzo (also known as Schyzzo.com) are back on track after a hiatus of four years. After having released three albums (all on Advoxya) the Hungarian duo brings us an EP featuring a title track plus 2 alternative versions and 5 more songs.
Content: The influences running through “Clash” are easily recognizable and rapidly remind early Prodigy and Empirion. The songs are driven by breakbeats creating a dynamic production plus raw sound treatments. There’re less vocals on “Clash”, but you’ll notice robotic vocal treatments and samplings.
+ + + : It’s hard to innovate when dealing with breakbeats, but the least I can say is that Schyzzo took me by surprise. Their retro approach revealing great, raw sound treatments is absolutely amazing. It reminds me to Prodigy’s “Voodoo People” or Empirion’s “Narcotic Influence”. That’s more than simply a reference, but the songs are really well-crafted and this is the kind of stuff I’m missing today. It’s compact and accomplished production where you also can hear a few refined passages and numerous sound treatments.
– – – : I’m not saying that I’m missing more vocals, but it for sure can be an aspect the band has to reconsider and especially empower.
Conclusion: The shadow of some famous and legendary breakbeat pioneers is recovering this production, but Schyzzo confirms it’s still possible to compose good-old breakbeat stuff with an extra and more personal dark touch on top.
Best songs: “Clash”, “Worst Conflict”, “Antropy”.