Looks to be 11 new tracks and 11 remixes here on Essence of Mind’s third full-length. Norway’s answer to anthemic synth pop, while there’s nothing here to topple Apotygma Berzerk or Zeromancer, there are many potential single here, faves to play on dark, late night drives, or singing along cleaning your apartment.
It’s easy to be a genre-filler band, but when talent and personality sparkle through like on these 11 songs, and all the details are addressed, a band can really shine. The metal takes a backseat to the electro throb, and for once, I’m glad. No male growling or rapping ruining the tenderness, and Nøemi Aurøra’s vocals have matured from ghostly beauty to powerhouse frontwoman.
The Belgian duo Implant have been around since the late ’90s, and it shows. The 12 songs streamed raise the pulse like the cold, classic, harsh EBM of old, complete with distorted vocals, news samples, plenty of trance-inducing repetition, and harsh keyboards replacing the crunch of “metal guitars.”
“Suicide Inside stands for an eclectic blend of aggressive electronic music and furious industrial rock, with heavy breakbeats, rhythmic noise, and Natasha’s razor-sharp provocative female vocals. An exploding cocktail of acid-house styled synths, distorted bass-lines, dramatic sound fx, and loud, powerful vox.”