Hardware Pulse – Tech-Noir (Album – Hardware Pulse)

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Genre/Influences: EBM, Minimal-Electro, Body-Pop.

Format: Digital, CD, Cassette.

Background/Info: You for sure know ‘Toxic Razor’ from his involvement with Paradox Obscur and other side-projects like Beatbox Machinery. Hardware Pulse is one of his ‘newest’ solo-projects he set up a few years ago now. After the debut-album “Techno Valkyrie” (2021) and EP “Neo-Synthetik Diskotek” (2022) we get eight new tracks.

Content: The modus operandi of Toxic Razor remains quite identical for all of his projects; hardware equipment used in real time! This project deals with a mix of EBM, Techno-Body and Body-Pop music. The instrumental format creates an imaginary Cinematic style.

+ + + : I like the cold tunes running through some of the songs but especially the opening title-song is a great exposure. I like some of the catchy passages and the irresistible, dry, kicks running through the work. A last and essential element of this production is that there’s a cyber-like video for each song -which you can watch online at the Bandcamp site.

– – – : I respect the instrumental format of this project but some of the songs are really missing vocal lines. It would be a true bonus to the production.

Conclusion: This work makes me think of a rhythmic Soundtrack for an imaginary cyber movie.

Best songs: “Tech-Noir”, “Strategic Radio Research”, “Celebration Sunrise”.

Rate: 7.

Artist: www.facebook.com/hardwarepulsemusic

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