Genre/Influences: Tribal infused industrial-rock.
Content: This is already the 3rd full album of Chant, written and produced by Bradley Bills from Austin – Texas (US) and mixed by Sascha Konietzko (KMFDM).
Bradley has already served before as the live-drummer for Die Krupps, Angelspit and KMFDM. He supported, collaborated and toured intensively with bands such as Skrew, Skatenigs, Pigface, Combichrist, Psychic TV, Orgy, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Lords Of Acid.
Eleven raw songs split your stomach, full of grinding guitar blasts and haunting noise loops, which makes this CD sound like an old school industrial soundtrack! If you hear opener “Brave New Apocalypse” and “Bring Me The Head Of The Music Critic” you can directly hear the influence of Nine Inch Nails combined with great percussion.
For some kind of reason the voice of Bradley reminded me, especially on the very danceable “Cycles”, of the voice of Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction). The very uptempo “Manifesto” reminded me of “Burning Inside” from Ministry, which is in this case a compliment! Jules Hodgson (KMFDM) plays guitars on the downtempo atmospheric “Repeat Repeat”.
“Universal” was already released before as a first single and is for sure one of the best tracks of this album. “Adoration” and “All The Same” sound very club oriented while on “Dead Muse” the guitars are especially in the foreground.
On the last 2 songs “Create To Destroy” and “Song I Never Wanted”, which sounds like a ballad, Bradley slows down the tempo a bit to end in beauty.
Chant is a band you have to check out for sure if you get the chance because the audio-visual show combined with percussion is really awesome!
Conclusion: Mandatory stuff for old-school industrial fans of Nine Inch Nails, Nitzer Ebb, Marilyn Manson and KMFDM!
Best songs: “Cycles”, “Manifesto”, “Universal”, “Adoration”, “All The Same”.
Band: www.chantproject.com / www.bravenewapocalypse.com / www.facebook.com/Chantproject
Label: www.wtiirecords.com / www.facebook.com/WTIIRecordsLLC
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