SENSORY DIVISION     by VOID CONSTRUCT Posted: 12.07.2003 3454 Views
Divide By Zero
VC's debut album "Astramay Aleph" was summed up by most who heard it as 'OK but nothing special' but the tracks that have appeared on various compilations in the meantime suggested that any follow-up should show some improvement, a promise that has been fullfilled with a nicely solid cyber/EBM album that shows mainman Scott Walker is definately progressing in the right direction with a more 'rounded' release that shows him expanding his musical parameters to good effect. This manifests itself most noticeably on the excellent "Visionary" which unites Scott's harsh vocal style (reminiscent of Bill Leeb in this case!!) with a haunting backing that just begs for repeat listenings. The fact that it's also less 'in yer face' rhythmically or tempo-wise gives the track more space to breathe and makes for an important change of pace for the album as a whole. The instrumental "Functional Isolation" brings this darker atmospheric side of VC's music further to the fore as does the haunting closer "Visionary" where a potent mix of piano and strings make for an epic feeling that's full of feeling and emotion.
But if it's good old EBM stompers you're looking for then fear not as this album still has them in abundance with the short and powerful "Rebirth", the satisfyingly solid "Disconnected" with it's memorable chorus, the pacey "Carcinogen", the appropriately edgy "Surface Tension" or the real powerhouse number that is "Traumatech" all giving the album plenty of 'oomph'!.
Whilst there's nothing radically new or unique here it's still encouraging to see Walker incorporating these differing elements into his music and if he is to make the desired impact on the crowded EBM market then it's to be hoped that this approach will continue on future releases.