Genre/Influences: EBM, body-pop.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Set up in 2014 by Maikko Advance (Mind.Area, Human Decay ao) and ‘Flesh Wire’, this German duo last year released their second album, which also is the first one in five years. The album was preceded by the EP “No Pain Forever” featuring Armageddon Dildos.
Content: The album takes off with the EP-title song featuring Uwe Kankja on vocals. This track has something EBM-like, but also reveals an approximate pop style on top. That’s rather characteristic for the rest of the work. It clearly appears to be a ‘soft’ EBM approach, which is sometimes accomplished with orchestral arrangements, but still reveals a more minimal-driven approach. Most of the songs are sung in English, but you also will get a few German sung tracks.
+ + + : Just as for the EP I’m not entirely convinced by A.I. Zero although I have to admit there’s something hiding in the most minimal-like cuts. “What Did You Say Was The Future For?” reminds me a bit of early Snog –but in a less accomplished format, and there are a few more songs in that vein. It has something unique and interesting to move on with.
– – – : And here again my comments are comparable to the EP; there’s no real trace of a climax, some songs sounding less inspired and missing some cohesion.
Conclusion: The minimal approach of the work sounds interesting, but globally speaking this work left me skeptical.
Best songs: “What Did You Say Was The Future For?”, “Das Produkt Des Jahren”, “Show Them New Beginnings”.