Genre/Influences: Electro-Wave, Electroclash, EBM, Minimal-Electro.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Greek label owner Toxic Razor is also involved with several projects like Paradox Obscur, Beatbox Machinery and Metal Disco. This ‘new’ album is a fine selection of songs released in between 2015 and 2020.
Content: The common element between all projects of Toxic Razor is a true love and passion for vintage Electronics. Metal Disco sounds harder than Beatbox Machinery and less Electro-Wave than Paradox Obscur. There’s a constant mix between 80s related influences, now EBM powered and then more Electroclash & Electro-Wave like. The last songs are definitely harder and driven by low, resonating bass lines.
+ + + : These songs were originally released on several EP’s so this is an opportunity to get them together on one disc. I like the global approach of Metal Disco, which is maybe best illustrated at the “Metal Disco”-track, which is carried by an icy, metal-like lead and a solid bass line. The power of the bass line comes back on other tracks as well, “Devil Explicit” remaining a great piece of this artist. But I also have to mention the retro-EBM “Flux Decadence” and the extremely powerful sound treatments of “Blackened”.
– – – : A similar remark as for Beatbox Machinery, I think some songs could be a bit more elaborated and extended.
Conclusion: This album is a perfect compilation to discover the fascinating retro-Electro universe of Metal Disco.
Best songs: “Devil Explicit”, “Flux Decadence”, “Blackened”, “Orchard”, “Banger”.