Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Last Influence Of Brain is back on track after a hiatus of eleven years. The Slovakian trio consisting of ‘Solo’, ‘Bop’ and ‘Blazena’ remained active during the past few years with their Samhain side-project. “Insomnicons” is the return of this EBM combo and is the band’s fourth full length. Notice by the way the album has been mixed by Ken ‘Hiwatt’ Marshall (Skinny Puppy, F.L.A.).
Content: This work is a perfect opportunity to rediscover the somewhat forgotten Last Influence Of Brain. The songs remain inspired and driven by good-old EBM, which is rapidly evoking Frontline Assembly. There’s a similar sophisticated EBM sound, which has been now and then boosted by guitar playing. The rough vocals create a perfect match with the powerful and dark composition. The last song “Twone” has been remixed by Ken ‘Hiwatt’ Marshall.
+ + + : First of all the CD format will catch your attention by its great artwork and digipak format. Sound-wise the music brings good-old EBM influences back to life. The powerful work and intelligent approach are clearly awakening old EBM demons and especially Frontline Assembly’s “Hard Wired” period. The most powerful cuts are the best ones; I have to mention “Binarea” and “Idolatry” are true masterpieces. The power and quality of the songs both remain pretty constant.
– – – : It’s a bit surprising to hear this kind of EBM work released by the IDM-driven Aliens Production, but on the other side it’s not that surprising as the last album was already released on the Slovakian label while Samhain is another label’s band. I’m a bit less convinced by the few softer cuts (like “Khonsu – Again On His Eternal Path”).
Conclusion: This album stands for a great comeback and definitely is a must-have for all EBM fans in search of great music.
Best songs: “Binarea”, “Idolatry”, “Hypnosphere”, “Invasion/Introverted”, “Necroptica”.