Xtort – Isolation (CD Album – Musiklab/DaRecords)

Xtort – Isolation
🇺🇦 Side-Line stands with Ukraine - Show your Support

Genre/Influences: Industrial, dark-electro.

Background/Info: The name of this formation from The Netherlands will probably remind you to the “Xtort”-album released by KMFDM in 1996. I’m not sure the band has been inspired by KMFDM, but it consists of a project that has been set up by members of the industrial-metal minded HOER. Xtort wanted to move on industrial paths, but with some extra new-wave elements instead of metal music. After 3 EP’s they now have unleashed their debut full length revealing 10 songs.

Content: We clearly can’t affirm Xtort is a pure industrial formation. They’re just using industrial sounds like distorted drums and some rough noises, which they’ve mixed with elements from dark-electro music and even pure vintage electro-ambient elements reminding to J.M. Jarre.

The vintage aspect of multiple sounds and global arrangements is a quite noticeable element. The work is pretty diversified and even into rather classical dark-electro music featuring vocals à la Claus Larsen (cf. “Seele”).

+ + + : I like the approach of Xtort of composing a dark-electro inspired sound with some harsher industrial elements on top. The retro-approach is quite exciting.

– – – : The global production sounds rough and unpolished, which might be voluntary, but it not exactly sound professional. Some of the vocal parts are not that passionate and powerful enough although a few tracks clearly reveal more rage and passion.

Conclusion: There’re a few good elements running through this work although I expected much more from this band, which already has a lot of experience.

Best songs: “Space”, “Isolation”.

Rate: (6).

Band: www.facebook.com/xtort


Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can - and we refuse to add annoying advertising. So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

The donations are safely powered by Paypal.

Select a Donation Option (USD)

Enter Donation Amount (USD)

Verified by MonsterInsights