Background/Info: Advoxya Records has a nose for dark-electronic talents. They’ve signed the Polish formation Reactor7x, which was set up a few years ago. After a few self-released digital productions and multiple remixes for bands like :Wumpscut:, Controlled Collapse, Shiv-R, Acylum, Stahlnebel & Black Selket ao they’ve now accomplished this official debut featuring 12 songs. Notice by the way there also is a limited edition with an extra disc full of remixes.
Content: After a bombastic intro-cut Reactor7x rapidly reveals their main source of inspiration, which clearly sounds dark-electro driven. I can easily imagine bands like Suicide Commando, Leather Strip and even Cat Rapes Dog must have been potential influences. The band shares this common taste for terror-electronics accomplished with icy sound treatments and powerful arrangements.
The main difference with the aforementioned formations is that the enraged songs have been flavored with female backing vocals. It injects a delicious contrast with the furious male vocal parts.
+ + + : You first will think that Reactor7x is just one more dark-electro formation and that’s for sure true, but they reveal an interesting potential on several cuts. The songs are accomplished with maturity and simply featuring all requested ingredients to get a great song in this genre of music. The female backing vocals are like appeasing the hell-electronic production. It creates a cool contrast, which I really like.
Sound wise, I noticed some great and resonating bass lines and a few more cool choruses. “Schism” appears to be the absolute masterpiece from this album.
– – – : Reactor7x maybe are a bit too much inspired by some leading bands from the dark-electronic scene. This album reveals an interesting potential, but I get the impression there’s still more in it.
Conclusion: We already got the opportunity to discover a few interesting Polish formations dealing with dark-electronics and this must be one of the newest sensations. Reactor7x sounds like having the ideas and talent to become a praised band in this scene. I’m looking forward to hearing their next album.
Best songs: “Schism”, “Dysfunctional”, “Helter Skelter”, “Mass For The Dead”.