ALBUM DOWNSTAIRS RELEASE: SUMMER, 1999 REVIEW: OCTOBER 26, 1999
Ever wondered what happened to all
the electro bands sounding like a crossover between Front 242 and Depeche Mode?
Well, that sound is reincarnated by the Swedish duo Octoberland.
supposed to release this debut album through Zoth Ommog, but after several
delays they got tired and released it themselves.
sure whether I like it or not, though. They donít have the cold, monotonous
coolness of Front 242, nor do they master the majestic melancholia and song
strength Depeche Mode possess. Well, in fairness that canít be demanded, but
"Mindhaven" strikes me as being streamlined. The songs often start
off promising, with traditional, yet interesting body grips like samples and
stubborn bass lines. The voice of the singer is very good indeed, and also the
music seen over the entire album.
Iím surprised by the way I react and feel while hearing it. Nothing makes a
lasting impression. It just keeps going, and I keep forgetting what the tracks
sound like the second they fade out. I suppose itís because I was never a big
fan of the eighties EBM, where the roughness was given more space and melody as
well as refrains less ditto, except for Front 242, of course.
doubt "Mindhaven" will appeal to a large range of fans, missing old
times, but if you ask me, itís qualitative music without the much needed final
touch of catchiness and melody strength. While others may view this as a
pleasant retro trip, I tend to think it sounds a bit dated.