Genre/Influences: EBM, Ambient-Body Music.
Background/Info: American solo-project Agitprop 666 is back on track unleashing a new work featuring twelve songs. After the “Penitentiary” album released late 2018, this artist strikes back with a different theme, which is clearly inspired by major events in the US during 2020.
Content: First there’s the music, which remains inspired by good-old 90s Electro and some EBM formats. This is not hard EBM to dance to, but a rather evasive EBM format reminding me of projects like Ringtailed Snorter and Noise Unit. The songs are carried by a soft cadence while the composition is filled with bleeps and wafting Electro waves. The main characteristic of the work are the numerous spoken samplings dealing with important news facts from the past year. There’s of course a song about the pandemic, but also one about George Floyd. Other themes like politics, racism, corruption, religion have been treated as well.
+ + + : Agitprop 666 realized a great job here. The album makes me think of a kind of 2020 overview put on music. The samplings are essential to this work while the music is well-crafted. The entire production became more elaborated. Using spoken samplings from news and speeches isn’t new, but the way it has been accomplished here is original. You feel this album is clearly engaged.
– – – : I think some aspects of the sound production –like the mixing, can be still improved, but “Corruption” is a noticeable work.
Conclusion: This work is without a shadow of a doubt, the most elaborated and successful album by Agitprop 666. The style is not that new and yet refreshing!
Best songs: “Chrome Koran”, “George Floyd”, “Malcom X”, “Santa Muerte”.