Genre/Influences: Minimal-electro, EBM, electro-ambient.
Content: This is an album that smells like pure vintage electronic music. It sounds pretty astral-like revealing an electro-ambient style made with analog gear. You easily recognize the typical arrangements and melody lines of Apoptygma Berzerk, but still a kind of wink to early pioneers like Jean-Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk.
The instrumental format of the songs even creates a cinematographic approach although all the songs are perfectly danceable. This work stands for pure synthesizer music and reveals several attention grabbers.
+ + + : It’s been quite a long time ago since we’ve gotten a new full length album by Apoptygma Berzerk and even if this album is not exactly a real new work, I can assure you it definitely sounds that way. It also is a kind of back to basics; pure vintage electronic arrangements carried by impressive melody lines and genius arrangements. It sometimes moves on the edge of experimentalism, but always remains accessible. The instrumental format –with the exception of the final song, never hurts and even accentuates the vintage approach of the songs.
– – – : I can imagine some fans will miss the more poppy-side of this band and especially the vocals of Stefan Groth. It’s probably one of the most experimental albums of Apoptygma Berzerk.
Conclusion: I’m totally fond of this vintage format bringing us back to the essence of electronic music, but also revealing the great, creative spirit of this artist.
Best songs: “For Now We See Through A Glass, Darkly”, “In A World Of Locked Rooms”, “U.T.E.O.T.W. (Instrumental)”, “The Genesis 6 Experiment”, “The Devil Pays In Counterfeit Money”.