Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, industrial.
Background/Info: American formation Contaminated Intelligence has already been active for a few years now. “Status Control” is meant as an appetizer to their upcoming full length. Next to the title song and two remixes we also get two more tracks.
Content: The title song is one of the real highlights of the EP. This song is a rather complex dark-electro/industrial composition, which might appeal to fans of early Skinny Puppy. It sounds rough and somewhat unpolished, which still a characteristic of the vocals.
The remix of the title song doesn’t really bring a bonus while there also is a noticeable remix by Leather Strip. Both new songs left are less convincing and more a kind of typical B-side cuts.
+ + + : “Status Control” is a well-crafted and sophisticated piece of dark-electronics. The link with early Skinny Puppy and related bands will for sure catch the attention of numerous music lovers. Both remixes are not exceptional although still cool. The remix of Claus Larsen will for sure catch a wider audience.
– – – : The title song makes sense while both other ‘new’ tracks left sound more like poorly inspired EP fillers. I can’t imagine both songs will be put on their new full length. I also think that the global sound production could have been more polished and powerful.
Conclusion: “Status Control” is a cool title track while the remix by Leather strip is an excellent way to catch a wider dark-electro audience, but I already heard more convincing EP’s preceding a new album. I’m however curious to discover this new opus.
Best songs: “Status Control”, “Status Control – Leather Strip Remix”.