Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, EBM.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: This is the third full length by the French project Stupre. It was released ten years after their debut opus “Priceless” (2009) on Cortex Records. “Das Ist Electro Dark” should be released in 2013 on Advoxya Records. Six years later Stupre front man ‘NarCis Prince’ invited Dolls Of Pain singer ‘Nore Guide’ to sing on six songs from this album.
Content: I remember Stupre as a band with a sophisticated electronic sound. I dare to say this album sounds a little bit more accessible. The compositions have been supported with dark atmospheres while the songs are driven by cold sequences. Several songs are sung in French. Globally speaking the production of the vocals seems to express rage. One of the songs (cf. “Ton Chemin”) has a minimal touch on top. The last track is a remix of “You Pay You Play” (one of the best cuts from the album) by Gunmaker.
+ + + : I can’t say Stupre totally reinvented its sound, but this album sounds ‘different’. I like bands daring to evolve and experimenting with different ideas. I especially enjoyed the atmospheric side hanging over the album. It creates a right balance with the dark-electro- and EBM influences. Most of the sharp sounding leads reinforce the cold sphere of the album. “Le Monstre” is according to me the highlight from this work.
– – – : It’s maybe a detail, but I’m not a huge fan of the album’s artwork, which has something psychedelic/punk/cartoon like. Sound-wise I don’t consider this album as an absolute ‘must have’ although an interesting experience.
Conclusion: Stupre is not ready to become a leading formation from the dark-electro scene, but it brings some diversity to the genre!
Best songs: “Le Monstre”, “Ton Chemin”, “Un Dieu Etrange”, “Fou”.
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