Currently based in Edmonton, Alberta, Voice Industrie's 'Power Up' CD is classic EBM with trance elements. Since the band's inception in 1989, Voice Industrie has experimented with numerous styles of electronic music and has, unfairly, been labeled as a Depeche Mode clone. Other than Alan Levesque's David Gahan-like vocals, there really are no other similarities between the bands that I can detect. What I find interesting about this CD is that despite "Up" being the featured song, the track that surpasses all of them in sheer energy is Voice Industrie's version of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" from her 1977 album 'I Remember Yesterday.' Other highlights include the pure trance bliss of "Sky (Trick Edit)" and the atmospheric remix of "Up" by Simulator. Although the music, collectively, was done well, the CD offers nothing innovative. Out of fairness, the Trance/EBM genre is not an easy one to crack in terms of innovation. Perhaps on their upcoming album, Voice Industrie can push the music in a more volatile direction. From what I heard on this CD, the energetic explosiveness illustrated on "I Feel Love" seems to be the band's strength.
Artist Link: http://www.voiceindustrie.com