Blue Stahli
Antisleep Vol. 01


4.0
excellent

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
January 16th, 2010 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An eclectic composition of electro industrial that should not go unnoticed by any fan of industrial or electronic music

Blue Stahli (real name Bret Autrey) is one of those individualists who tries to push the boundaries of industrial and electronic music, or at the very least mix a load of different genres and sounds into one melting pot of industrial music. Under the wing of Celldweller's Klayton, Autrey has been working on his newest project (or alter ego, take it how you will) Blue Stahli since 2007, Antisleep Vol. 01 being the first testament of the man’s superb mixing and producing skills as well as creativity and imagination. Just take "Disco Punks On Jolt" for example – who on earth, besides Autrey of course, would think of mixing country-like guitars with dancy beats and glitchy effects?

Antisleep Vol. 01 is musically a very varied album. The one thing present throughout the album is industrial undertone, but besides that, every track here has something new and different to offer. Some songs, like "Leadfoot Getaway" and "OVERklock", are industrial rockers while others, like "Doublequick" and "The Ultimate", are almost straight-up poppy electro. And then there are the oddballs, like the already mentioned "Disco Punks On Jolt", which sounds like a bunch of gay cowboys conducting an electro-revolution in their local pub for the shock of the country band currently performing, or "High Heeled Low Life" which has sort of a cheesy, late '80s disco feel to it while also containing Autrey's trademark poppy industrial undertone. And then there are also songs that are near impossible to qualify, such as the closer track, "The Perfect Heist", which has a squeaky clean piano mixed alongside rumbling, yet friendly sounding, bass lines and mid-protruding soft beats. Most of those hard-to-qualify songs will end up under the tag "experimental industrial" This state of being an extremely mixed bag, while being fun as hell to listen to and never losing its appeal, is also a reason why this Blue Stahli project has been somewhat criticised.

From alternative reviews I read for this album, I gathered that other critics tend to think Antisleep Vol. 01 is too eclectic and sounds a bit disjointed while also lacking a definite theme. Well, they are right about the theme part, which this album undoubtedly does lack, but as for consistency– if you’re looking for consistency in sound on an album, then yes, this may sound disjointed, but regarding flow, this album runs oh so smoothly from start to finish. Looking through my eyes, the eclectic nature of Antisleep Vol. 01 only gives to the album. Also, this is quite clearly an album meant for having fun; an album you would usually use as background music, or go crazy over when played live. Antisleep Vol. 01 isn't the kind of album one should look for substance from and this mainly goes for the whole genre (not that this could be categorized in any other way, than experimental-poppy-electro-industrial-meets-alt-rock) .

Although a bit messy and even overly glossy at times, Blue Stahli's debut album does exactly what it needs to – it provides good, fun, no-bounds industrial music, and in the club, this record will most definitely get the crowd moving. Here’s to hoping Blue Stahli’s 2010 follow-up will live up to Antisleep Vol. 01.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so good, very close to being a 4.5. Trey, Meatplow, Deviant and even Davey, this is for you guys!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


31475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Downloading now! An easy pos my man

Digging: Hyperdub - Hyperdub 10.4

Phantom
January 16th 2010


8930 Comments


Good review to be bumped down by -_-

Pos'd

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks guys,

Alex - dunno if it's because of my super good mood today, but even that little smiley at the end of your sentence made me almost fall off my chair, laughing.

Deviant - yes, this should be your thing bro

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


31475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just looked at his page here, similair to The Crystal Meth?

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, a bit. I created the page for him (obviously, cuz, like nobody else on this site has heard of this guy). I would count the style of Stahli comparable to The Crystal Method, but this is much more experimental

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


31475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now i'm even more intrigued, you know how I feel about the Meth lol

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes I do. Hey, I'm in such a great industrial mood I'll get that latest Meth right now!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


31475 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just bear in mind it's a lot different from their other works, don't go in expecting a part 2 of any of their albums and you should be sweet

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aight, I'll keep that in mind

Relinquished
January 16th 2010


25489 Comments


Nice review man, all I see is a small coding error in the first paragraph.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, thanks for pointing that out bro

jingledeath
January 16th 2010


7104 Comments


Great review as usual dude except for the error Relinquished already mentioned.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just corrected it while u were typing

Nagrarok
January 16th 2010


8291 Comments


A new metalstyles review! Short but to the point, another pos on my part. But please, go back to some metulz stuff for me so I can actually be interested in the music.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man, and I'm fairly certain my next review(s) will prolly be about metal again. Nothing wrong with exposing some more obscure industrial acts to sputnik though

LG
January 16th 2010


3049 Comments


Jesus dude you're a review machine. I think maybe you should eat and sleep every once in a while

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

during the last 1.5 months I've done only 3 reviews. I think I've slept enough ;)

LG
January 16th 2010


3049 Comments


lol fair enough. Unfortunately this doesn't interest me at all. Still haven't found any Industrial besides Crossbreed that I'm not bored by.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2010


8387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

give the new Fear Factory a go. It's fantastic and (as I'm not sure if you've ever heard any FF) it most definitely has the emphasis on metal. Like very heavy metal.



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