Genre/Influences: EBM, Industrial, Cinematographic.
Format: Digital, 2CD.
Background/Info: The title of this album needs no further explanation. Droid Sector Decay decided to look back at their first decade of music selecting previously unreleased-, remixed- and remastered songs. We get a total of twenty six songs, which are also available as double CD.
Content: The first disc is mainly driven by retro 90s EBM elements. Most of the songs are featuring sampled vocals instead of real vocals, which in a way reinforce the old-school aspect of the composition. Most of the songs are elaborated, but also pretty extended. Next to the 90s EBM style, other songs are more into Industrial guitar riffs and even Cinematographic music.
The second disc holds on to the good-old EBM approach, but sounds more diversified. Droid Sector Decay reminds us to also experiment with other influences, from Metal & Trash to Techno passages. I also noticed rather surprising Techno elements while some of the most recent songs reveal a touch of modernism.
+ + + : I sometimes experienced Droid Sector decay as pretty versatile –which they are in a way, but this retrospective gives the opportunity to discover a well-crafted and efficient retro EBM style. This is the kind of work reminding me of Front 242, Lost Image and co. The use of samplings reinforce this sensation. But the band sounds also comfortable experimenting with Cinematographic parts, “Give Me Your Flesh & I’ll Give You Pain” being a noticeable exposure.
– – – : One of the few points that hurt is the extended format of most songs. The tracks are elaborated, but often too long! Another aspect is that the sound production and mix are sometimes lacking from a lack of professionalism.
Conclusion: This work is an opportunity to discover an interesting band, which I mainly like for its retro-EBM style.
Best songs: “An Arrow In The Heart Of Darkness – Remix”, “Satan”, “Serial Killer”, “Give Me Your Flesh & I’ll Give You Pain”, “Technology Slave Freak”, “Destroy Eternal Romance”, “An Arrow In The Heart Of Darkness”.