Genre/Influences: EBM, industrial.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Moris Blak is an American project that previously released a few EP’s on Blind Mice Productions. The official debut album “The Irregularity Of Being” has been released by the end of 2019 on Negative Gain.
Content: The album takes off with an overwhelming intro followed by an EBM driven cut featuring spoken samplings. The song is carried by a solid bass line, which is an aspect that comes through all over the work. The more you enter the world of Moris Blak, the more it sounds as an offspring between EBM and harder, industrial music. Some songs have been accomplished with icy tunes. Several guest singers (Pete Crane, Amelia Arsenic, Angel Metro, Slighter and Noire Antidote & Johnny E. Veil) have been invited to each sing one song.
+ + + : This debut album is absolutely worthy of examination. Moris Blak stands for an intelligent mix between EBM elements and industrial sound treatments. The songs are danceable, but diversified. The input of multiple singers accentuates the variety of the tracklist. I especially like the cuts featuring Pete Crane (cf. “Erase Displace”) and Amelia Arsenic (ex Angelspit). Next to these songs I also enjoyed the impressive intro-like cut (cf. “Every Limb Into The Bottomless Pit”) and the title song, which comes at the end of the ride. “The Irregularity Of Being” is an elaborated and intelligent writing!
– – – : I maybe regret Moris Blak has recorded this album with multiple vocalists instead of a real front man. It however never hurts!
Conclusion: This work is a noticeable debut standing for well-crafted, industrial EBM!
Best songs: “ The Irregularity Of Being”, “Erase Displace feat. Pete Crane”, “Every Limb Into The Bottomless Pit”, “Upgrade Me feat. Amelia Arsenic”.
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