ALBUM BLOODLINE, SSC, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
OCTOBER 8, 2001 (GERMANY) NOVEMBER 5, 2001 (SCANDINAVIA) REVIEW:
NOVEMBER 23, 2001
I've waited for this! I never expected to hear something so beautifully
built. I'm talking about Invisible Limits' song writing skills in combination
with up to date production and exclusively synthesizer driven soundscapes.
Technoir, with Julia Beyer (ex-Inside) and Steffen Gehring (Plastic Noise
Experience), does this and adds the qualities of good English pronunciation
and non-kindergarten grammar. That's an accomplishment in itself, coming
from a German band.
The songs on "Groundlevel" stem form the same mystical source,
but grow in slightly different directions to create both intense dance
flirts and emotionally melancholic ballads. The first official Technoir
release, the single "Requiem", shows the band at its best,
as does a number of other tracks including "Sanctuary", "Blaze"
and "Nightmare". I know the word catchy is overused in synthpop
reviews, and I'm as guilty as anyone, but this is dark, emotional,
dance friendly electronic pop with heavenly female vocals. Quite catchy
too, actually. No, "Groundlevel" is very catchy.