April 12, 2024

Cryptochroma – Ominous Clouds (Album – Red Maze Records)

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Genre/Influences: EBM, Dark-Electro.

Format: Digital, Vinyl.

Background/Info: Cryptochroma is a Belgian solo-project driven by Jan Vinoelst -previously involved with projects like Cluster M13 and Messier 39.”Ominous Clouds” has been released by the Belgian label Red Maze Records and is the second one by this project.

Content: The songs are quite retro-like, awakening good-old EBM souvenirs from the late 80s and early 90s. The songs are recovered by dark strings and driven by danceable kicks. Jan’s deep timbre of voice creates a graveyard effect. One song features female vocals. 

+ + + : Cryptochroma is a project striving for an own sound and that’s an aspect of the production I particularly like. The retro-analogue sound brings us back to great works of early 90s productions like Boris Mikulic. There’re a few songs featured with a true club potential.

– – – : Some passages of the vocals could be better produced.

Conclusion: Cryptochroma is a cool retro-EBM/Wave discovery made in Belgium.

Best songs: “Cosmic Rays”, “Drifting Vessel”, “Unconditional”, “Shadowgame – Dystopian Remix”.

Rate: 7.

Artist: www.facebook.com/cryptochromawave

Label: www.facebook.com/RedMazeRecords

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