Genre/Influences: Techno-EBM, minimal-EBM.
Format: Digital, Double Vinyl.
Background/Info: French producer Maxime Fabre has already released some noticeable EP’s on labels such as Hands, Tripalium Records, RND.Records and of course Sonic Groove. This is also the label where he now has launched his new album “Senestre”. The album is meant as ‘a rebellion against oppressive powers’.
Content: If you’re familiar with the sound and work of Crystal Geometry and the music taste of Sonic Groove you know what to expect. “Senestre” is a truly sonic fusion between minimal-EBM and hard techno power. It resulted into a rough and somewhat production, which is driven by constant dance beats and solid bass lines. Most of the songs are featuring vocal effects, which sound like being sampled.
+ + + : Crystal Geometry is fascinated by modular synths and that’s an element you rapidly will recognize emerging from the icy, vintage sounds. The work features 10 songs and there’s no real relief in the devilish tempo, which has something bewitching. I also like the solid bass lines the tracks have been made of. This is not a styled and sweet techno production, but a perverted format, which sounds rough and unpolished. The vocal effects inject a cool bonus, which have its impact at “Sirius Light” and “Occupied Territories”.
– – – : The sound formula is sometimes a bit repetitive. I think a few more vocal lines or samplings could inject a little extra.
Conclusion: Crystal Geometry has accomplished a great work, which will catch the attention of EBM-lovers and dark-techno heads in search of aggressive vibes.
Best songs: “Sirius Light”, “1312 Bombs”, “Ténèbres”, “Occupied Territories”, “Political Prisoners”.