ALBUM TRITON RELEASE: AUGUST,
2002 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 12, 2002
has been ten years since the most unusual of the Belgian block (Klinik
and Insekt being the other members of this block; Front 242 can bite me)
has released an album. To say that I had doubts about the relevance of
Vomito Negro would be an understatement. Guy van Miegham and Gin Devo
were always a favourite of mine back in the day but could they withstand
the test of such a long break?
and no. Gin Devo was fired from Vomito Negro shortly before this release
thus leaving only music man van Miegham to soldier on.
If you loved the sounds of Vomito Negro before, then you will love this
new album. The main strength is the fact that van Miegham has been bitten
by the techno bug for this release. The track "Gaia" is featured
in four versions all of which are quite enjoyable. Some stirring instrumentals
are also included on this album and they very effectively pick up right
where Vomito's last album "Wake up" left off.
what is really atrocious are the lyrics. Don't read them, don't even try
to follow along. The content is some of the worst English as second language
I've ever heard. Also, the sound hasn't really been all that updated and
this tends to give the release a very dated sound. Understandably, this
release would have been quite evolved say in 1995 or 1996 but this is
I still am a fan of Vomito Negro and Gin Devo's being fired was overdue.
It's also great to hear such a non-pop album in the electro genre. This
band is one of the best examples of why EBM used to be so intoxicating.
The aggression is marvelous, the music crisp and well-produced but the
approach needs to be updated. I am quite sure that if van Miegham does
another album under the Vomito Negro name it will be flawless.