Genre/Influences: Industrial, crossover.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: It all started as Dying Is Easy and moved on as Destruction Is Evolutionary (D.I.E.). This is an American collective ‘encompassing a variety of musical and philosophical influences with a goal of creating and releasing memorable and thought provoking auditory experiences’. Actually the project features five members and this album has been released nine years after Dying Is Easy. The songs were recorded in between 2009 and 2020.
Content: This album is a true sonic aggression for all lovers of ‘industrial’ music mixing guitars and electronics. Speed rhythms and samplings have been added to create a sonic mayhem. Some songs are pretty chaotic, but the common link between all cuts is for sure the merciless power from the production. The songs might appeal to lovers of KMFDM, Ministry and related bands. The last song is an instrumental piece, which sounds a bit ballad-like with a calm-down effect.
+ + + : You sometimes get the impression D.I.E. is a sonic locomotive riding at full speed and progressively losing all control. But quite progressively I became addicted to their aggressive compositions. “God’s Wrath” is one of these furious cuts and yet it also is one of the best. Another noticeable song is “Shatterer” for the right balance between guitar and electronics. I also like the spooky vocals in this song.
– – – : D.I.E. deals with a familiar and somewhat common sound formula. There’s no real originality while some passages are a bit too chaotic to my taste, but the global result is worthy of examination.
Conclusion: D.I.E. is a sonic colossus blowing everything away.
Best songs: “Shatterer – D.I.E. Version”, “God’s Wrath”, “Up Against The Wall”, “Organized Science”.
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