May 27, 2024

Data Void – Strategies Of Dissent (Album – Metropolis Records)

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Genre/Influences: Dark-Electro, Cinematic, EBM.

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.

Background/Info: “Strategies Of Dissent” is the debut album by Data Void; a project driven by Don Gordon (Numb, Halo Gen) and James Mendez (Jihad, Trial By Fire). The debut-album features ten songs.

Content: Data Void brings an open-minded and wide-spectrum driven Electronic sound. The sphere supporting the work is extremely dark and sometimes empowered by epic strings. It also creates a pure Cinematic sound which is however alternated by heavier cuts carried by powerful -and sometimes Breakcore, rhythms. The solid EBM lines inject an extra boost to these songs. The harsh vocals are totally fitting to the demonic sound created by the duo.

+ + + : It’s great to see veteran Don Gordon getting back with new stuff and a new project. And the least I can say is there’s a true chemistry between both members. This is a great and accomplished opus taking off with the hard and icy sounding “Nothing Changes”. I prefer the ‘harder’ cuts from the opus and especially those carried by great, EBM bass lines like “So Alien” and “Crash, Burn And Resurrect”. You’ll also notice complex but efficient passages (cf. “What’s Left Unsaid”)while the last part of the work is dominated by extremely dark atmospheres and epic sound arrangements. Data Void don’t exactly innovate but the way they’ve brought different influences together to create a diversified work is however refreshing. 

– – – : I’m less into the Cinematic passages of the work although it brings a kind of break.

Rate: 8½.

Conclusion: “Strategies Of Dissent” is a great and fully achieved piece of Dark-Electronics.

Best songs: “Nothing Changes”, “What’s Left Unsaid”,“So Alien” and “Crash, Burn And Resurrect”, “A Failure Of Language”.


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