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Mental Exile – Inferno Hotline (EP – Alfa Matrix)

By Aug 31,2021

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Genre/Influences: Electro-Pop.

Format: Digital.

Background/Info: After the successful debut album “Ride The Madness” (2019) Mondträume singer Damasius Venys got back to his solo-project Mental exile to unleash new songs. “Inferno Hotline” reveals three new songs plus three remixes.

Content: Mental Exile’s main source of inspiration can be found in the 80s Electro-Wave and related music genres. It’s still rapidly recognizable on the new songs and especially some good-old effects bring us back in time. The title song is a pretty danceable piece of old-school inspired Electro-Pop with some extra, personal elements on top. We next get a more dreamy cut and an instrumental piece. Remixes have been accomplished by N-Frequency, Vanguard and Beyond Border.

+ + + : Mental Exile strikes back with a solid title track, which reveals the artist’s sources of inspiration and the charismatic voice of Damasius Venys. I like the way the song evolves; taking off with cool samplings and resulting in a danceable retro-driven song. There’s also something to say about “Run Away”, which is more dreamy-like. Among the remixes I especially recommend the remix of “Renegades” (originally edited at the EP “Exile Nights”) by N-Frequency.

– – – : I was personally more convinced by previous album and EP, which were more into the 80s sound. 

Conclusion: An intriguing  title song, which could be a perfect teaser for a next album by the Spanish solo-project.

Best songs: “Inferno Hotline”, “Renegades – N-Frequency Remix”.

Rate: 7½.

Artist: www.facebook.com/mentalexileproject

Label: www.alfa-matrix.com / www.facebook.com/Alfa.Matrix

 

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