THE CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE
ALBUM DOPPLER EFFECT RELEASE:
APRIL 23, 2002 REVIEW: MAY 22, 2002
been a fan of Jonathan Sharp's work since hearing New Mind in 1992. His
use of different styles has always been a pleasure to hear.
In 1996, after releasing two albums as New Mind, Mr Sharp embarked on
another musical endeavour entitled Bio-Tek. This entity's purpose was
to allow him to make EBM music in the best way it can be done: a tribute
band. It is for this reason (and many others) that Bio-Tek has always
impressed me. The concept of managing to squeeze out something from a
genre that is absolutely dead for me is an intriguing one.
With this, the fourth entry in the Bio-Tek discography a stark change
has taken place, one which makes me really really curious what
the next New Mind CD will sound like. The tracks themselves have a more
compact and compressed feel to them. The anger which is brooding on this
release is quite malevolent to behold. The first track is an atmospheric
intro which then bleeds into the dance-floor killer "Reborn".
If other bands who take their EBM work seriously heard this, I'd dare
think they'd be tempted to hang it up. The man makes it sound so easy
when it so isn't. "The Ceremony of Innocence" is a highly polished
and well-produced album which has some devastatingly powerful moments
and towards the end, cinematic bliss which just floors me.
A key track to listen to is entitled "Vengeance Not Victory", you work
out who its aimed at. Wickedly funny stuff to hear. The only low point
of the album comes in the form of the 3" bonus disc which is included
in the box-set version of this release. It contains a Bio-Tek track and
an Oneroid Psychosis track with both bands remixing each other's work.
Bio-Tek's remix is a good one, Oneroid Psychosis' remix is extraneous
to be kind but not nearly as mind-numbingly dull as Inertia's remake of
"Vengeance Not Victory".
This release is well worth picking up if you like dark electronic dance/soundtrack-ish
music that doesn't take itself too seriously.