Genre/Influences: EBM, electro-wave.
Background/Info: 2ND civilization is a Belgian band, which was originally started during the late 80s. The band split and came back to life more than 20 years later, releasing 2 full length albums on EK Product/Space Race Records.
“Trinity” is an interesting conceptual release featuring 4 tracks dealing with the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Content: The lyrical concept is not that new, but has been successfully transposed into music. The robotic vocal effects are totally appropriated to the mix of EBM and electro-wave music. There’s an explicit 80s touch running through the songs, but it sounds cool. Some passages move into electro-rock while haunting atmospheres can be noticed as well.
“Trinity” became a fully accomplished piece of music revealing an interesting twist between its influences.
+ + + : Speaking for myself it’s my favorite 2ND Civilization release. I like the diversity, which remains inspired by the 80s. There’s a cool chorus running through “Radium Girl”. The lyrics are pretty clear and explicit, which reinforces the concept of the work.
– – – : “Trinity” is just missing some little details like more explicit melody lines and a little more of power to get a perfect result.
Conclusion: “Trinity” is a successful return from 2ND Civilization and I can only encourage them to move on this path.
Best songs: “Little Boy”, “Radium Girl”, “Trinity”.