Xtort – Nothing Is Real (CD Album – DA Records)

By Oct 15,2019

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Genre/Influences: EBM. 

Background/Info: Xtort rose up from the ashes of the Dutsh industrial-metal formation Hoer. Xtort is an electronic project unleashing its second full length album. 

Content: The album takes off with an intro, which brings us next to a dark EBM format reminding forgotten times. Xtort indeed is inspired by ‘early’ EBM sounds, which they composed with vintage gear. The songs are recovered with good-old synth lines and melodic passages. Most of the vocals are sung in English, but you’ll also discover a few German sung vocals. The last song is something totally different. It’s a kind of outro featuring an acoustic song. 

+ + + : The vintage and mainly 90s inspiration brings good-old memories alive. I especially like the synth lines hanging over the songs. I have a little preference for the somewhat harder-like title song and the more elaborated “Like A Knife”. 

– – – : Despite of this project’s good intentions and interesting retro approach I experienced the production as being the reflection of the poorly inspired artwork from the front cover. It’s a rudimentary work, which needs to be elaborated. 

Conclusion: This album couldn’t convince me although I like the band’s vintage approach. This band can do much better!

Best songs: “Nothing Is Real”, “Like a Knife”. 

Rate: (5½). /   


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