TORSCHLUSSPANIK     by DIOXYDE Posted: 04.22.2003 4379 Views
1. Acto Primero (Intro Mission)
3. Scent Of Flesh
5. Muertos Todos
6. Angel (Espina Mortal)
7. Days Of Decay
8. Primary Structures
11. Dead Calm
12. Aggression (Exit)
13. Muertos Todos (SUICIDE COMMANDO Remix)
14. Primary Structures (REALITY Remix)
Along with the usual suspects Germany and Sweden, Spain is beginning to get itself an electro scene of some quality with Culture Kultur and Second Disease both beginning to make their mark. Taking an obvious cue from Suicide Commando (Johan Van Roy's influence is widespread on this debut, even down to the band's name!) Dioxyde prove themselves more than worthy of joining this list with a daring debut that marks them out as far more than mere copyists. Where they score so highly is through their knack of constructing soundscapes that venture towards power ambient realms whilst retaining a slightly more accessable, albeit darker edge. So it is that the rhythmic barrages that are the focal point for much of "Angel (Espina Mortal) or the shorter "Aggression (Exit)" are countered by darkly melodic pieces such as "Primary Structures" and "Scent Of Flesh" which are among the more instantly memorable pieces to be found here and "Home" which should also appeal to fans of Aslan Faction (another name checked band). The dividing line between adventurous and unlistenable is a fine one but it's tightrope that Dioxyde consistently traverse with aplomb due to their not putting all their eggs in one power/ambient basket.
As it usually the case with this sort of music the lyrics deal with the darker side of life (mind you, if they didn't it would sound odd to say the least!) delivered with the effected vocals that you-know-who has put to such widespread use over the years. "Panzerfaust" seems to be referring to racial intolerance if the samples used are anything to go by
All of which is very well but it's hardly the sort of music that's likely to get them tons of club play (the title track and "Days Of Decay" seem to be likely candidates but the ever changing elements might prove too complicated in the long run) which is where the remixes come in, including one by Mr Van Roy himself who gives a more straightforward clubby feel to "Muertos Todos" which is, to be fair, another of the more instantly memorable pieces on the album and Reality who do pretty much the same for "Primary Structures". While it's true they do have a 'tacked on the end' feel it hardly matters as they're both excellent tracks in their own right.
So suffice to say that if you're a fan of Suicide Commando then you'll enjoy this album and if you also like Aslan Faction, Grendel and Infekktion that you absoloutely cannot afford to be without this album.