Red Lokust – Whom The Gods Wish To Run, They First Drive Mad (Album – Distortion Productions)
Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, EBM.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Four years have passed since the promising debut album “The Repercussions Of Shedding Your Skin”. Jim Semonik (label owner, creator of “Electronic Saviors”, member of /Rein[Forced] ) and Lee Lauer (involved with Aslan Faction in a previous life) are back with a new opus inspired by paranoia, anxiety and insanity.
Content: The sources of inspiration clearly reflect the modern life of the Western world. The duo adapted these themes into a powerful electronic composition, where EBM and dark-electronics are constantly crossing each other. The vocals are rough and enraged, empowering the lyrical themes. The music is pumping from start till the end; the choruses are now carried by catchy tunes and then by harder, classical dark-electro leads. Some passages and even the production of the vocals are sometimes reminding me of Leather Strip. After the ten album track you’ll discover remixes by Inertia (Reza Udhin also did the mastering of the album) and 7th Victim.
+ + + : The work takes off with the great “Lobotomy”, which is an absolute dancefloor killer. I especially like the EBM vibes running through this cut and the great chorus. Another essential song is “Point Of Healing (Antagonized)”. Globally speaking this work confirms the potential from the debut album and I must say that Red Lokust even improved most little details. This album is driven by power and would be the perfect club music.
– – – : In times of Covid-19 pandemic it must be very frustrating releasing such a danceable and powerful album while clubs are closed! About the content I just regret a few songs (like “Weep For Me” and “Madman”) which are driven by simplistic and ultra-cliché leads… while “Madman” has been released as a single! The remixes aren’t adding a real extra.
Conclusion: Red Lokust moves a step further with this new opus; this is a band to discover because it’s featuring two talented artists!
Best songs: “Lobotomy”, is “Point Of Healing (Antagonized)”, “The Way Back”, “I’m Not Here (Omnipresent)”.
Label: www.distortionprod.com / www.facebook.com/distortionproductions
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