Genghis Tron
Cloak of Love


4.5
superb

Review

by Digital Boy USER (2 Reviews)
February 14th, 2006 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Genghis Tron is a band that is truly like no other. I realize that statement has been used to describe some bands that are just a bit off, but Genghis Tron is an absolute anomaly. They somehow fuse intensely hard blast beats with ambient techno and pop and it works. Their debut CD, "Cloak of Love" clocks in at 12:44 and will leave you in a trance wondering what the hell just happened.

The first time I heard Genghis Tron, I was talking to a friend of mine about Mindless Self Indulgence and how I thought they managed to produce a unique sound. They proved me wrong by sending me the first song off "Cloak of Love," entitled Rock Candy. At first I didn't get it. There was no beat to nod my head to and no song structure to follow. It sat idle in my music folder for months. Then, when I was cleaning out my collection, I saw it and decided to give it another listen. I had recently been listening to bands like the Dillinger Escape Plan, so I became a fan of tehnical music. The song blew my mind. I instantly went out and bought the CD.

Cloak of Love was released on Crucial Blast records in February of 2005. The booklet gives no first names for the band members.

Hamilton: guitars, drum machine programming, additional vocals
Michael: keyboards, electronic drum programming
Mookie: vocals, additional keys, theremin, lap steel

Rock Candy 4.5/5
The CD opens up to Genghis Tron's signature blast beat. Switch to ambient chords and a little keyboard melody. Blast. Cut to a keyboard fill with some (what sounds like) TR-808 underneath. Add a clean tremolo guitar riff above the melody. Drop the keyboards and guitar, and fill with more TR-808. Blast. Cut. Blast. Cut. Repeat. "Ooh, This music sounds really good." The song continues on with this type of lunacy until it fades out to a drum machine with some light strumming abve it. A guitar fill with delay comes in above. Keyboards fill the backround with sound while the song continues, and eventually ends.

Arms 5/5
This is my favorite track on the CD. It opens with a drum machine, and quickly cuts to an intense blast with a nice tapping guitar lead above it. The song continues switching between blast and peace until it changes to what I think is one of the best tapping riffs I've ever heard, played over Genghis Tron's peaceful keyboards and drums. The tapping ends and the peaceful beat continues with strange sounds in the backround. A few seconds of blast come in, and the song cuts to a nice little guitar riff with metalcore style blasts interrupting it. The riff continues with the keyboards and the drum machine for the rest of the song.

Ride the Steamboat 4.5/5
This is probably the heaviest of Genghis Tron's songs. It opens to an intense blast that lasts around 26 seconds. An eerie sound comes in (the theremin, I beleive) over the keyboards. Next is a heavy metal style riff with a fast pulloff lead over it. The metal chords fade out and leave the pulloffs to solo over the keyboards while the song fades out.

Laser Bitch 4/5
The song opens with a beat that sounds like it could be ripped straight from a top 40 track. Vocals too laden with effects to be understood come in while the same poppy beat continues. It isn't long before Genghis Tron murders the pop with an extreme blast beat. What comes next is the most confusing thing I've ever heard in music. The combination of vocal effects and strange chords simply twist your brain into a knot. Next is a traditional sounding metal fill with no vocal effects. Thunder rolls as the breakdown begins. A dissonant guitar fill comes in and follows the rhythm of the breakdown until the end of the song.

Sing Disorder 4/5
The song opens up to a 50/50 mix of techno and grindcore. Around 0:41, a double bass comes in with the guitar. A quick trill and more strange sounds from the theramin slow the song down. A deep distant bass part comes in, sounding like an enormous monster is approaching from afar. A guitar riff starts and the beat starts blasting. Around 2:26, a breakdown comes in with a dissonant guitar riff above it. The guitar drops and the breakdown continues until the song ends.

Pros:
Absolutely unique sound
Clever name
A theremin (come on, how often do you hear of a grind band using a theramin?)

Cons:
It takes some time to grow on you
Too heavy for some people
CD IS TOO SHORT!

Album rating: 4.5/5


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Jawaharal
February 14th 2006


1832 Comments


I heard some stuff off this, I liked it.

204409
Emeritus
February 14th 2006


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YESSS This band is ill. I was gonna reivew this myself. They went to Vassar and are apparently a big joke/ a big deal there. They belong in the grind category despite their fat dance and electronica influence.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 14th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this band, but yeah, they're definitely Grind. A friend of mine plays this when he DJs after concerts, and it's awesome. People think it's dance and then BAM, they're punched in the nuts. Laser Bitch is the perfect example of what I mean. Although I personally wouldn't have rated the album this high, it's mostly due to it not being my style. Regardless, it's great. I've heard "An Albatross" are in the same vein, but havent really got into them much.This Message Edited On 02.14.06

204409
Emeritus
February 14th 2006


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya, An Albatross is the inferior version of this. Genghis Tron is really tight and moves through the sections smoothly but definitely segments the two sounds carefully whereas An Albatross is grind with a groove and a keyboard.

Pizza
February 14th 2006


687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sounds pretty cool, i may check them out. nice review too :thumb:

ocelot-05
February 14th 2006


807 Comments


Nice review.

Pizza
February 14th 2006


687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok im listening to laser bitch now and it is awesome!

Dancin' Man
February 14th 2006


719 Comments


This stuff is awesome but belongs in grind. I'm with DFelon by saying that An Albatross > GT but I like how I think GT can actually play their instruments.This Message Edited On 02.14.06

Tyler
Emeritus
February 14th 2006


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didnt he say GT > An Albatross? Unless I suddenly forgot the meaning of inferior, I'd say you got confused.

204409
Emeritus
February 14th 2006


3996 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, Dancin' Man was never taught inequalities.

sgrevs
February 15th 2006


698 Comments


I'm gonna try find some of this right now, sounds wicked! DEP are the shiznat.

Shadows
Moderator
February 15th 2006


2530 Comments


A friend of mine let me listen to this a while back. I don't really remember much of it other than how ridiculous it was.

Ridiculous in a good way.

Killtacular
February 25th 2006


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is amazing.
Especially Ride the Steambolt.
I'd love to hear a whole album of just the electronica side, since they do it so well.This Message Edited On 02.25.06

Digital Boy
February 28th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been reading up on their new album, and they say they're going to tone down the sudden genre splicing thing... I hope they don't screw it all up because I love this band.

Poofy 666
February 28th 2006


27 Comments


I saw some stuff about them on Crucial Blast's site. I'm gonna check them out

masada
May 1st 2006


2733 Comments


This is good stuff.



embroglio
May 14th 2006


219 Comments


I love at about 1:07 in Rock Candy it breaks into a hip-hop beat for about 4 seconds and when the whole grind thing comes in it meshes perfectly.

Great band, but I think An Albatross is better, Genghis Tron at times seems sortof conry to me

Concubine
August 28th 2006


333 Comments


Rock Candy is the shit

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 24th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band absolutely rules. I still have yet to hear a band that is doing the same thing as them.


"oo this music sounds really good"

x28x06x42x12
June 19th 2007


64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this band.

Definitely inventive as hell. I love arms so much. Great stuff.



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