Skyla Vertex – Blut (CD EP – Infacted Recordings)
Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, EBM.
Content: After an astonishing debut album “Urwerk” (2012) Skyla Vertex seems to confirm their potential with this ‘bloody’ EP featuring 5 new songs and 5 remixes.
“Urwerk” was an explosive cocktail mixing influences from Suicide Commando to Komor Kommando while “Blut” explores different paths. I’m not say that this EP sounds completely different, but there’s a kind of move into explicit EBM fields. The new work makes me think of a hybrid between early Front Line Assembly and the German EBM à la Tyske Ludder. But Skyla Vertex hasn’t lost any element of its original impact. The songs still sound amazing.
“Blut” is made of dark-electronic components revealing impressive icy leads and the dark-EBM reminding me of Tyske Ludder. The title song has been empowered by some guitar parts, which is a real judicious element. “Begriffsgewalt” is carried by a sublime lead revealing a great melodic aspect. “Let Go” is another song to watch out for where Skyla Vertex masterly merged power and EBM.
Except the “Industrial Ballad Version” of “Sinnkrieg” (that originally appeared on their album) the other songs left are remixes from the EP. Shiv-R, Frozen Plasma, Orange Sector and Freakangel have been given this task. Most of the remixes are quite successful, but I’ve a little preference for “Begriffsgewalt” remixed by Frozen Plasma.
Conclusion: The new songs of this EP confirm the growing potential of Skyla Vertex and will only increase the high expectations about a second full length! This is for sure one of the best ‘young’ bands from the Infacted stable!
Best songs: “(Bis Auf’S) Blut”, “Begriffsgewalt”, “Let Go – Bonus”.