Genre/Influences: Industrial, Experimental, Abstract.
Background/Info: UrZon is a Belgian project based in Antwerp and driven by Kolja Aasgier. This self-released new work has been introduced as the artist’s ‘love for industrial EBM like Numb, Skinny Puppy, FLA, CLock DVA, CV and Dive/Klinik’.
Content: Regarding the aforementioned bands and sources of inspiration I expected an album driven by EBM and Dark-Electro. I discovered a more Abstract and hardly Industrial-inspired sound instead. The overture has something chaotic while the next track is driven by Industrial elements with vocals on top. The tracklist also reveals some Tribal passages, but the Industrial- and Experimental approach both remain the main styles to define the sound of UrZon.
+ + + : What I especially like in UrZon’s album is the rather personal style and approach. It’s an industrial-driven composition, now personalized with Tribal passages and next with Minimalism. “Down” is one of the most noticeable cuts featuring this Minimal touch. The last track “Win The Day” is another noticeable cut driven by broken, crashing beats and repetitive sequences.
– – – : I can’t get away from the feeling this album has been accomplished with not a lot of equipment. There’s nothing wrong with that, but globally speaking the production suffers from a lack of elaboration. Despite the personal approach I’m not sure to completely seize the essence of this work and its sound.
Conclusion: I probably expected much more from this album because of the revealed sources of inspiration. I think there’s still a way to go to reach a similar level.
Best songs: “Down”, “Win The Day”, “Werewolf Moshpit”.