Genre/Influences: Dark-techno, techno-body music.
Background/Info: 2017 was a real prolific year for Belgian Ethan Fawkes. He released an impressive number of EP’s and finished the year with his second full length “Dance On Your Grave”. “Banned From Heaven” is a four-track EP that got released on the Berliner techno label Advanced.
Content: Ethan Fawkes deals with raw techno vibes and metallic sequences while I also noticed an acid touch on top of his work. There still is an EBM flavor running through his work although it’s more in the background. The final song features vocals.
+ + + : Ethan Fawkes has clearly developed his very own fusion of techno music and EBM, but he also likes to mix other influences throughout the production. That creates a personal sound DNA, which is an essential element for an artist. I like his somewhat rough sound approach like the metallic sequences and obscure moods recovering his tracks. I have a little preference for the track “Disgrace”, which is more elaborated and achieved with cool acid elements. A last aspect of this EP I want to mention is Ethan Fawkes featured 4 different cuts so no remixes here!
– – – : The title track is not exactly my favorite cut of this EP and rather sounds as a warm-up for what’s coming next. I’m also a bit skeptical about the last cut because of the vocals, which aren’t totally fitting with the global spirit of the work.
Conclusion: Ethan Fawkes shows the darker techno side of his sonic brain. There are two cool cuts featured on this EP.
Best songs: “Disgrace”, “You Have No Time”.