Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, EBM.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: American future-pop project Unitcode:Machine is the sonic brainchild of Eric Kristoffer. The project is already active for a couple of years now, but it seems that the past few years weren’t very prolific. Anyway, “Tyranny” is the project’s debut album released by the end of 2019. The work features twelve songs plus four extra (remixes) on the CD format.
Content: Unitcode:Machine is not exactly what I should call a traditional electro-pop project. The music sounds definitely too raw for that and is even mixed with elements of EBM. The vocals are perfectly matching with this rough approach. You also can hear some anger in the way of singing. The cadence of some songs is also pretty fast, empowering the global production. I also noticed some good-old 80s elements emerging at a few cuts and especially in the leads. Notice by the way three songs are featured by Blue Images, Antonym and Databomb.
+ + + : The least I can say is that this official debut album is well-crafted. But I also like the power of this album and its harsh production, which also comes through in the vocals. “Survive” is my favorite song for its remarkable sound treatments and its danceable tempo. Among the remixes I noticed a real cool one by Provision.
– – – : I think some cuts might have been a little bit harder or into EBM vibes. I think the ‘harder’ side of this album is also the most convincing one.
Conclusion: “Tyranny” is an interesting and rather cool debut for a project with potential!
Best songs: “Survive”, “This Truth”, “Instinct”, “Instigator”, “This Truth – Brighter Future Mix by Provision”, “Damnatio Memoriae – Seeming Remix”.