Fix8:Sëd8 – Warning Signs (CD Album – Dependent Records)

By Aug 27,2019

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Genre/Influences: EBM.

Background/Info: German solo-project Fix8:Sëd8 is driven by Martin Sane. After a debut period during the early millennium years Fix8:Sëd8 struck back in 2017, getting signed to Dependent and releasing the “Foren6”-album. Two years have passed and  here’s the successor “Warning Signs” revealing twelve songs.

Content: DFix8:Sëd8 always has been inspired by sophisticated EBM reminding me of Skinny Puppy, Mentallo & The Fixer and related formations. It’s not that different for the new stuff, which has a strong retro-feeling and something pretty 90s-like. The songs are dark, elaborated, carried by solid bass lines and refined with meticulous arrangements. One of the most ‘atypical’ songs is probably “Tunnel Vision” for being less dark.

+ + + : Fix8:Sëd8 belongs to this number of intelligent EBM composers. The work is styled bringing industrial bombast together with delicate bleeps and arrangements. The songs are extremely dark, sometimes feeling a bit tormented and accentuated by the growls of Martin Sane. There are multiple great songs featured, but I’ve a preference for “Within Cells Interlinked”.

– – – : If you’re not into old-school EBM this album will definitely not be your cup of tea. I haven’t been disappointed although both last songs are a little less convincing.

Conclusion: Fix8:Sëd8 moves on there where “Foren6” stopped and I think we might easily consider “Warning Signs” as the project’s opus magnum. If you’re old-school minded this album will probably become one of 2019’s favorites. 

Best songs: “Within Cells Interlinked”, “Depression Deity”, “Parasite Paradise”, “Tunnel Vision”, “Embolism”.

Rate: (8½).


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