Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, industrial-rave.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: “Interlinked” is already the seventh full length album for Chainreactor. Set up in 2009 by Jens Minor, Chainreactor started as a hard mix of industrial-rave/trance and dark-electro. Throughout the years the songs evolved and especially the addition of singer Kay Schäfer got more impact on the last productions. “Interlinked” features twelve new songs.
Content: I can’t say “Interlinked” is a move back to the early years of Chainreactor, but the vocals have been replaced by spoken samplings. It reinforces the hard industrial-trance and rave feeling of the work, which was that characteristic for Chainreactor’s debut. Driven by hard-pumping beats and solid bass lines, this work reveals a huge amount of heavy dancefloor killers. Together with Noisuf-X this project remains a reference in their personal interpretation of ‘industrial’ music.
+ + + : I secretly wished Chainreactor would move back to their early work. I didn’t have anything against real vocals, but it made the global production more typical-like. “Interlinked” sounds hard and rough. The menacing bass lines together with the furious kicks and dark tunes on top can’t leave club visitors unmoved. The work features many potential ‘hits’. “Backslider”, “Dirty Jobs”, “The Wicked” and “Grey” will for sure stimulate your deepest dance senses. The samplings sound great and are definitely adding that little extra to the music.
– – – : This industrial format isn’t new, but it’s hard to innovate even for a talented project as Chainreactor. I can’t say this album has any real minor points. I’m not a huge fan of “Riot”, which is the only, forgettable piece from the album.
Conclusion: Chainreactor strikes back with a heavy, styled sonic bomb for industrial ravers!
Best songs: “Dirty Jobs”, “Grey”, “Backslider”, “The Wicked”, “Prey”, “A Bad Mistake”.
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