Detroit Diesel
Lost Signals


3.5
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by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
March 7th, 2012 | 14 replies | 1,630 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Detroit Diesel’s debut did dazzle.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

For a harsh EBM group, Detroit Diesel’s Lost Signals contains oddly accessible music. There’s no doubting the abrasive qualities of the chalkboard scraping screams, and I’m certainly not questioning the overall volume of the EP – it is the music’s feeling that I find varies from the genre’s normative. In layman’s terms, Lost Signals sounds harsh, but it does not feel harsh. Is this a problem? Absolutely not, because this variant of harsh EBM is designed for the dance floor, and its cacophonous yet accessible sound will certainly move crowds. However, Lost Signals is equally as enjoyable through a computer’s speakers or headphones, and therefore it receives a recommendation.

‘Lost Signal’ is the first original song, an atmospheric dance number with a futuristic, underwater sound (my inner geek draws comparisons to Stargate Atlantis). The song is truly captivating once the chorus hits due to its cold, offbeat synth pads and absolutely massive feel. Detroit Diesel never duplicate the amazingness of the first track, but the remixes of it do prove interesting. The ‘(SOMAN Remix)’ is a poppier, and simpler version of ‘Lost Signal’ that is easier to process. The ‘(FREAKANGEL Remix)’, however, is completely overwhelming. From psytrance influenced synths to distorted guitars to excessively bone rattling screams, this remix leans toward harsher territory. It also signifies a turn for the loudest, as ‘In The City’ follows in the wake, with an equally destructive, very harsh EBM song. Surprisingly, despite Detroit Diesel’s experimentations, this debut EP proved to be musically consistent. It was smart and simple enough to work, and experimental enough to intrigue. This EP has also stood the test of time, as the music within is as enjoyable as it was upon its release. All in all, a great debut that created a solid foundation for the industrial group.



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pizzamachine
March 6th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is 8:58 at night and here's a review for you!

and a stream: http://dwa-digital.com/album/lost-signals

bloc
March 6th 2012



34730 Comments


:O

Cant will be pleased.

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pizzamachine
March 7th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cant who?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2012



31047 Comments


For a harsh EBM group,


Why is this listed under metal?

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bloc
March 7th 2012



34730 Comments


Acanthus, you fool!

pizzamachine
March 7th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Dev: For some reason sputnik's "Industrial" tag has always coincided with "Metal". It's confusing.

Willie
Moderator
March 7th 2012



15898 Comments


Nice and brief. I think I'll stick with the full-length, though.

Yeah, Industrial falls under the 'metal' genre no matter what. The only way to avoid it is to make the main genre be 'electronica' and then 'industrial' but that causes its own problems.

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pizzamachine
March 7th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first track rules though, at least check that out. ;)

Acanthus
March 7th 2012



9537 Comments


Very nice, they're recording a sophomore release I hear; maybe that'll be another good harsh ebm album too.

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paxman
March 7th 2012



4084 Comments


Excellent review, sir, although "voluminous" is not the appropriate word there. Also, in the final paragraph, you refer to
EBM as EMB

pizzamachine
March 7th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoops! I'll fix those!

paxman
March 7th 2012



4084 Comments


Haha, you're missing the point. Instead of "voluminous," "volume." Likewise, instead of "vociferous," "vociferousness" (if that's a word).

Eclecticist
March 7th 2012



3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for reviewing this! I pos'd.

pizzamachine
March 7th 2012



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ paxman: Oh hehe you're right, I was just out of it this morning. :]

@ Eclecticist: You're welcome!



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