INFACTED RECORDINGS (EUROPE),
METROPOLIS (USA) RELEASE:
MAY 24, 2004 REVIEW: JUNE
Icon of Coil have decided to undertake
a more back-to-basics EBM approach
on their latest album "Machines
Are Us" and the result was far
from what has been accomplished by
the band in the past. You might know
now that I am an avid fan of the heavily
criticized futurepop genre (there
is lots of trash too, of course, but
I love the idea behind it), so the
fact that I like the first Icon of
Coil album may not cause you to choke
on your soy beans.
Monofader sets up a collaboration
between Sebastian Komor of the above
mentioned band and Spektralized's
Richard Björklund (whose debut
album "Elements of Truth"
held great promise). This should virtually
set me on fire, but I find that only
a few tracks contain that magic futurepop
bliss so evidently present in, for
example, VNV Nation's "Beloved"
or Apoptygma Berzerk's "Starsign".
There is one track, though. One track
that keeps sending me into orgasmic
frenzy as its fantastic build-up bursts
into a majestic chorus. "Behind",
track nine. It is annoyingly better
than all other songs on "Frost".
Pretty formulaic futurepop, but with
vocals and production on a superior
level compared to many other, amateurish,
bands in the genre.
A second album from Monofader could
become a classic if focused correctly.
The first one only hints at the greatness
hidden within the band.