Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, dark-EBM.
Background/Info: Red Lokust is a brand-new duo set up by Lee Lauer (Aslan Faction) and Distortion Productions owner Jim Semonik (also involved in multiple bands like Electronic Saviors and Rein[Forced] ). “The Repercussions Of Shedding Your Skin” is the debut album featuring 10 tracks plus 2 remixes.
Content: The sound clearly finds its inspiration in the darkest realms of electronics and EBM. The sound might appeal to lovers of Suicide Commando, Leather Strip and related formations.
The production reveals cool sound blasts and typical icy melodies while the enraged vocal parts clearly are another typical element for this kind of music. I can’t say that Red Lokust is an innovating formation, but definitely driven by experienced artists. The work features great sound treatments and rough, danceable cuts.
Interface and Leather Strip both accomplished great remixes, but especially the remix by Claus Larsen is absolutely phenomenal. He transposed “Speechless” in a terrific, spooky cut while adding his vocals on the song.
+ + + : Red Lokust will clearly seduce the dark-electronic community. This is album is the perfect stereotype of a well-crafted and efficient dark-electro production. “Mistakes Were Made” is one of the absolute highlights, while the remix of Leather Strip is in my opinion one of the best made by Claus Larsen.
– – – : The main and single reproach about this album is the lack of originality in sound. It’s a cool work, but maybe a bit too stereotypical.
Conclusion: You directly notice Red Lokust are not beginners, but a mature formation dealing with pure dark-electronics. This is an interesting band to keep an eye on!
Best songs: “Mistakes Were Made”, “Speechless – Leather strip Remix”, “Factionless”, “Perspective”, “When we Knew You – Interface Remix”.