Genre/Influences: Electro, industrial.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Nechromancer is an American four-headed formation active since 2014. This is their second opus.
Content: You instantly will notice this band is clearly inspired by different influences. The music is definitely electronic, but empowered by heavy guitar riffs, which are more into metal music. Quite progressively the songs are getting more electro-like, often driven by simple structures. It’s not exactly the most danceable stuff although there are a few exceptions to the rule. The “Club Version” of “Vampire Queen” has something dancefloor-like.
+ + + : The album has been divided in two parts; I definitely prefer the second part, which is more electro-like, but especially more worked out. The already mentioned “Vampire Queen – Club Version”, reveals some potential. Another song (cf. “Blood & Teeth”) is more balanced in electronics and guitar.
– – – : Some of the debut songs are unaccomplished, seriously suffering from a lack of elaboration and a poorly sound production. The sound feels compressed reaching a climax on “Punish Me”.
Conclusion: I can’t say to have been convinced by “Monochrome Dystopia”; this band has to find a better harmony between all their influences, but first of all has to improve the writing process.
Best songs: “Vampire Queen – Club Version”, “Blood & Teeth”.