Genre/Influences: Industrial, experimental, death-industrial, ambient.
Background/Info: “Cold War, Hot Love” resulted from the common efforts between three artists living in different countries, but sharing a common interest in music. They are all familiar with the Ant-Zen stable and decided after having met in person to set up a common project. It took a few years to get the work accomplished, but here it is.
Content: You perfectly can recognize the artists throughout some passages from the album. Globally speaking the work is a harsh industrial experiment revealing heavy sonic and noisy passages, freaky ambient atmospheres, tortured vocal parts alternated with the bewitching vocals of Geneviéve Pasquier and droning percussion parts.
+ + + : The mix between all different sound ingredients has been masterly accomplished. The tracks are diversified, but there’s a true cohesion between all the tracks. From the rather ambient noisescape opening the album to heavier industrial and freaky passages to pure sound terror and the heavy noise assault as final track, this work has a lot to offer. I especially like the tormenting character of the work, which is accentuated by the different vocal parts and the blasting noisy treatments. Last, but not least I also like the contrast between the somewhat disco-like front cover and the real content of the album.
– – – : Some parts are less accomplished, like less inspired and resulting in heavier experimental parts.
Conclusion: The least I can say is that this project is quite exciting. “Cold War, Hot Love” is a heavy, and successful work featuring a few great cuts.
Best songs: “Cold War”, “Never Regret”, “Guaranteed Mutual Destruction”.