Reichsfeind – Chasm Walk (Album – Alfa Matrix)
Genre/Influences: Dark-Electro, Trance-Pop.
Background/Info: “Chasm Walk” is the second full length album from German solo-artist Timo Revna. The work was released late 2019 on CD format by E-Noxe Records. Reichsfeind now signed to Alfa Matrix, which after the digital re-release of the debut album “Living In Space” now recovered “Chasm Walk” from dust. The album features the fourteen original songs plus four extra remixes, which already appeared on the original digital edit.
Content: “Chasm Walk” is an interesting work, which tries to buy a sonic bridge between Dark-Electronics (the roots of the project) and a more Pop & Trance orientated style. The songs are carried by hopping rhythms and omnipresent astral electronic arrangements. The somewhat robotic effect on top of the vocals is totally fitting with the global atmosphere supporting the songs. The album features 14 songs plus 4 remixes by Kennedy, Maneater, KayFabe LaNoise and Chadouze Airplay.
+ + + : There’s a noticeable evolution in sound and efficiency between the band’s debut album and this one. This is an artist who clearly dares to push electronic boundaries to an extreme. It’s not an easy thing to mix all of these influences together and especially composing a mix of Dark-Electronics and Trance-Pop. I’m not saying Reichsfeind has invented a new style of music, but this work clearly has a very proper sound DNA. It’s an unique sound, but also revealing multiple attention grabbers; I especially like the opening part of the work while most of the remixes are quite interesting as well –and especially when you realize the remixers aren’t exactly the most familiar names. I also like the fact the album features 14 songs plus 4 bonus cuts (remixes).
– – – : Mixing all these styles is truly a challenge. I’m less convinced by some of the softer songs, which are missing the punch of the debut cuts.
Conclusion: You might see this album as a challenge coming from a visionary artist. I fully support this kind of production, which clearly sounds out of the box.
Best songs: “Chasm Walk”, “Anti”, “Retox”, “Dervish”, “Stalker”, + “Dervish – Club Mix By Maneater”.
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