May 20, 2024

𝙉𝙊𝙑𝘼𝙠𝙄𝙇𝙇 – Artifice (Album – RepoRecords)

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Genre/Influences: EBM.

Format: Digital, CD.

Background/Info: Craig L. Saunders and Warren Bones have been active as Novakill for more than twenty years. “Artifice” is the sixth full length by the Australian project and features twelve songs.

Content: “Artifice” sounds like ‘never change a winning formula’; this is well-crafted and powerful EBM carried by solid bass lines and recovered by hostile atmospheres. We’re moving through a dark and tremendous EBM-universe which is sometimes empowered by a few guitar riffs on top. There’re a few short, instrumental, intermezzos featured.

+ + + : Novakill remains a warrant for elaborated and powerful EBM. It’s a band I prefer not to compare to any other formation as they’ve always had a very unique sound. “Artifice” has been accomplished by great, intimidating bass lines creating a perfect match with the overwhelming, dark, atmospheres.

– – – : The album is maybe missing one absolute hit which in a way is maybe what Novakill has never really accomplished but we get a fully enjoyable album instead with no real songs to throw away.

Conclusion: Hard to say but “Artifice” is maybe the best work to date from this Australian EBM formation.

Best songs: “Lies”, “Over”, “Absolution”, “Chaos”, “Rage”.

Rate: 8.


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