Background/Info: Electro Arc last year released the digital format of the Noisy Deafness debut album “Silent Remembrance”. The opus has now been released on CD format featuring 3 extra tracks. Noisy Deafness is a Hungarian solo-project set up by Istvan Laszlok.
Content: You’ll quickly notice the old-styled EBM influences running through this album. Noisy Deafness sounds like a voyage through the 90s. I don’t have anything against retro-inspired body-music productions, but I’m rather disappointed by the global production of the songs.
Most the tracks remain pretty flat and without a real outburst. I now and then noticed a few cool ideas and even some influences reminding me of a hybrid between Armageddon Dildos and The Psychic Force, but the majority of the songs remain unaccomplished.
I don’t know if both last songs of the album are the newer, but they reveal some extra elaboration and a harder kick. I got the impression of hearing another band on “Conception” and “Joy”.
Both remixes by subLOGIC and John D. Walkman are well-crafted pieces adding an extra boost to the work. There also is an extra song, which is nothing exceptional although more inspired than the rest of the tracklist.
+ + + : The 90s minded EBM inspiration is cool and I also enjoyed the production of the vocals. Both remixes add power, which is mainly missing.
– – – : I can’t imagine this album entering into the history of EBM. The songs are under produced and unaccomplished by the exception of a few cuts.
Conclusion: I’m still supporting a label like Electro Arc, which has a nose for new and talented EBM acts (think of Akalotz), but this debut album by Noisy Deafness can’t convince me at all. Let’s not forget it concerns a debut full length so I hope the best is yet to come.
Best songs: “Conception”, “Joy – John D. Walkman Remix”.
Label: www.electro-arc.de / www.facebook.com/okzident
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