Genre/Influences: Industrial-Techno, Industrial.
Background/Info: Andreas Davids better known under the Industrial sound moniker Xotox strikes back with a new EP featuring five tracks. Xotox last year took us by surprise releasing the “Gestern”-album, which saw a noticeable evolution into Techno influences on top of the Industrial basis.
Content: “Forever” sounds as an extension to “Gestern” although the debut cuts are maybe more ‘classical’ Industrial cuts reminding the earlier sound of Davids. From a harsh industrial opening cut to a next track mixed with some Tribal elements we next get an intermezzo. A groovy Techno-Industrial track is coming up while the last piece is more into Experimentalism.
+ + + : “Forever” explores different sonic paths and an EP is the perfect format to this. Xotox creates an imaginary sonic bridge between the early Industrial years and the Techno-driven approach exposed at “Gestern”. I’m still in for the harsher side featured on “The Price We Pay For Happiness”, but I’m also addicted to the groovy, Techno-Industrial format of “Forever”.
– – – : I don’t really catch the need of an intermezzo on an EP, which already counts a restricted number of songs.
Conclusion: “Forever” brings the past and the present of Xotox together, but the most important thing is it remains hard and danceable stuff.
Best songs: “Forever (In Full Effect)”, “The Price We Pay For Happiness”.