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Review: Cybergenesis – ‘Gedankengift’
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It is a difficult dichotomy to work with, being inspired by the styles of yesteryear while trying to create something up-to-date. But on occasion it does work. However Cybergenesis don’t get the formula right on ‘Gedankengift’ with a combination of rough production and a style evocative of late 80′s industrial.
That isn’t to say this is in anyway a bad album though. The nasty metallic rhythms and dirty analogue synths are just an addictive combination now as they were in the mid 80′s especially when rounded off by DissonanceX ‘s Ogre-esque vocals. There is still a little room for some sneaky melodies as to give the album some semblance of club appeal for good measure.
The title track along with ’90 Minutes’, ‘Ignorance’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Nothing But Dust’ are the album’s strongest offerings where the grittiness is toned down and evened out by DissonanceX’s knack for a catchy lead melody. And when the female vocals of Donna Clara come into play on the afore mentioned ‘Nothing But Dust’, we get a glimpse of magic.
The quality of the production is the album’s biggest setback and it really does detract from a few of the songs, which is a downright shame as there is a lot of potential for a great album here. However it is early days and based on the skilful melodies and infectious rhythms on display here it won’t be too long before Cybergenesis hits its stride.