United Front – By All Means II: The Fall Of Church And State (CD Album – Tumor/Malignant Records)
Genre/Influences: Experimental, dark-ambient, industrial, death-industrial.
Background/Info: United Front is a duo consisting of Gordon Lazarus (previously active under the U-731 moniker) and Anthony S. Kuchta III. They see themselves as an ‘anti-political organization’. After a few digital tracks and a split album together with Camisole they now joined hands with Tumor (Malignant Records) and Oppressive Resistance Recordings to unleash this debut full length.
Content: United Front is mixing different influences, which move from industrial to a tormenting ambient format to pure experimentalism. They injected numerous spoken samplings in their work, which create a hostile and nasty atmosphere. Screams of terror are accentuating the hostility hanging over this album while church bells feel a bit like announcing an extra disaster.
+ + + : United Front reminds me of some ‘engaged’ industrial pioneers. The samplings are quite explicit and rapidly appear to be a reaction against our contemporary politicians and all kind of conflicts in our world. I like this atmosphere, but I also enjoyed the sound revealing monstrous sound blasts, resonating noises and bombastic drums. All influences have been perfectly assimilated resulting in a few outstanding cuts, but especially both final tracks are worth to listen.
– – – : “By All Means II” is a cool work so there are no real minus points. A few passages in the beginning part are maybe less convincing compared to the great apotheosis.
Conclusion: United Front stands for sonic terror with great and old-styled spoken samplings and speeches.
Best songs: “Our War Alone”, “No Friends No Enemies”, “Church And State”.
Label: www.malingnantrecords.com / www.facebook.com/malignantrecords
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