OHMelectronic – OHMelectronic (CD Album – Artoffact Records)
Genre/Influences: EBM, industrial.
Background/Info: Craig Huxtable (Landscape Body Machine) and Chris Peterson (Decree, Left Spine Down, Damage Control, FLA…) started a common project Öhm and released a self-titled debut album in 2013. They renamed their project into OHMelectronic and are now back on track with this new and again self-titled album featuring nine songs.
Content: Both debut songs were previously released as digital singles. They also show the sound and influences from the duo. “Uppercut” is a well-crafted and sophisticated piece of EBM, which might remind you of Frontline Assembly while “Everything Is Gone” is pure industrial-rock power, which might appeal to Ministry fans. The other tracks are switching from EBM to industrial. Craig Huxtable’s vocals are perfectly matching with the sound; now spookier, EBM driven and then shouting like an enraged animal.
+ + + : I already like the album by Öhm and even if OHMelectronic is a little bit different, you easily recognize the intelligent sound treatments. There’s a kind of duality running through the work, but it creates an exciting diversity. I’m more into the EBM-driven cuts and songs like “Uppercut”, “With” and “Decline” which are sensational. But the hardcore industrial power emerging from “Everything Is Gone” and “Undone” is quite cool as well. The production is fully accomplished with efficient sound treatments and a great vocals production.
– – – : I don’t have anything against the diversity or duality running through the work, but it’s somewhat surprising; a bit like a band exorcising different influences. It has something schizophrenic… but it’s a great sonic madness! My single regret is that there are no more songs featured here.
Conclusion: OHMelectronic is mixing intelligent EBM and merciless hardcore industrial; it’s a mind-blowing experience!
Best songs: “Uppercut”, “Decline”, “With”, “Everything Is Gone”.
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