VELVET ACID CHRIST
FUN WITH KNIVES
ALBUM DEPENDENT RELEASE: MAY 7, 1999 REVIEW: JUNE 21, 1999
Good old, very danceable, industrial tunes without guitars can be nice and this is very nice. Velvet Acid Christ presents eleven songs and almost all of them are really enjoyable.
It's hard to say that they sound like this or that particular band. Instead you could say like a combination of Front Line Assembly's "Caustic Grip" and the type of ebm Leæther Strip and Wumpscut have done. That sounds like a nice composition, doesn't it? Another thing Velvet Acid Christ has in common with Leæther Strip and Wumpscut is that the band only consists of one member: Bryan Erickson.
The album opens with an upbeat track entitled "Decypher", which has repetitive basslines reminding me of the earlier mentioned Front Line Assembly album. I want to thank Velvet Acid Christ for waking such pleasurable memories. The vocals are heavily distorted throughout the entire album, which suits the music well. The fantastic song "Slut" differs from the others, since it's the only one with female vocals and without distorted such. It's not as uptempo as the majority of the material and has a more sensitive touch.
Finally I'd like to say that this is a good album for industrial and EBM fans. It has all the essential ingredients like good sound, production and songs, although it's not especially innovative.