Tragic Impulse – Echoes Of The Unseen (CD Album – Distortion Productions)

Genre/Influences: Dark-electro, dark EBM.

Background/Info: Two years after the excellent album “Devil On Your Shoulder” American artist Paul M. Graham strikes back with the third album of his sonic brainchild Tragic Impulse.

Content: The first 3 songs will clearly give you an idea about the sound and potential of this work. It’s a dark and somewhat frightening electro sphere carried by hard-beating kicks, aggressive sequences, some Trump-samplings and anguished vocals. The format creates a sonic bridge between dark-electronics and EBM. Some of the bass lines remind me a bit of Leather Strip. Most of the songs are pretty hard and danceable, but you’ll also discover a few softer cuts where the atmospheric content is emerging.

+ + + : I first of all noticed a great evolution and improvement in the global writing process and sound production. The songs are well-crafted, elaborated and clearly reflecting some maturity. The first part of the album reveals astonishing tracks, “Space Force” being the potential hit! The songs have been progressively built up with cool sound treatments. It’s a powerful release and definitely an album to watch out for! I also have to say a word about the cool artwork of this digipak.

– – – : The ‘softer’ cuts aren’t bad at all, but they can’t convince me a similar way. They’re just adding a little break in the midst of the tracklist.

Conclusion: “Echoes Of The Unseen” sounds a bit like entering a sonic danger zone! Get ready to hear one of the most promising dark-electro/EBM projects from the moment. Tragic Impulse simply confirms the potential that was already shown at previous albums.

Best songs: “Space Force”, “Unseen”, “Skin Deep”, “Painbringer”, “Down In Flames”.

Rate: (8½).

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