Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, dark-EBM.
Background/Info: Fix8:Sed8 previously self-released two albums revealed an interesting potential. Martin Sane is now back on track and this album released on Dependent Records sounds a bit like a consecration for the German artist. We also might speak about a return of Fix8:Sed8 as this album is the first one since 2009.
Content: I in a way rediscovered Fix:Sed8 with this new opus. “Foren6” will bring you back in time and it rapidly appears that the shadow of Skinny Puppy is hanging over this album. Martin Sane definitely is an adept early Skinny Puppy work and some tracks even feature sounds and arrangements reminding me to legendary hits “smothered Hope” and “Assimilate”.
But the album is more than simply an emulation. Fix8:Sed8 also injects its very own ideas, which are more ambient-like then the familiar Skinny Puppy stuff. The ghost-like vocals perfectly matches with the global ambience of this work.
+ + + : “Foren6” sounds like a ‘déjà-vu’ and yet it’s a damned great and efficient work. I don’t have anything against ‘copyists’ when they accomplish their work with intelligence and knowledge. That’s precisely what this work is all about. It’s a sophisticated composition revealing outstanding sound treatments and dense atmospheric layers. The somewhat harder sounding “High Velocity Spatter” even sounds as one of the very few dancefloor killers. “Foren6” is an album that will fully satisfy old-school EBM lovers.
– – – : The main strength of this album also is its only real point of discussion. I can imagine some Skinny Puppy fans will experience this work as a cheap copy or maybe a blasphemy. But great bands and pioneers still can inspire the new generation to create masterpieces such as “Foren6” and so you won’t hear me complain.
Conclusion: Fix8:Sed8 sounds like having fully accomplished its. Master’s degree of EBM at the Skinny Puppy university!
Best songs: “High Velocity Spatter”, “X-Shaped Scratch Mark”, “Lynch, “Flatline Friend”, “My Mistress”.
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