Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, EBM.
Background/Info: While we’re waiting for a new full length album of Australian duo Shiv-R, Pete Crane (aka ‘Virul3nt’) and Lee Bulig (aka ‘Kong’) are back on track with two new songs. Both songs have been remixes as well.
Content: Even if “Interlace” is the title song, I think the other new cut (cf. “Annihilation”) could have been a title song as well. “Annihilation” sounds even harder, but both cuts feature the familiar energy and electronic rage we’re used to hearing from Shiv-R. It’s a rough production, which is refined by melodic passages.
Both songs have been remixed. Moris Blak remixes the title track while sHiFt remixed “Annihilation”.
+ + + : This is a tough production, which will fully satisfy all dark-electro and EBM lovers. I like the title track for its hard kick and melodic tune while the production of the vocals featuring some robotic parts is quite cool as well. “Annihilation” sounds more aggressive and powerful; it’s less refined, but perfectly complementary to “Interlace”. Among the remixes I especially enjoyed the one made by sHiFt.
– – – : I don’t see any real minor points to make about this production, which is the perfect appetizer to announce a new full length album.
Conclusion: Shiv-R are just doing what they’re good at; producing merciless electronics driven by furious beats and carrying melody lines!
Best songs: “Annihilation”, “Interlace”.