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10.21.22 2021 - Albums i've liked10.20.22 Cyberpunk tunes | Part I
10.19.22 Unknown Industrial | Part I10.18.22 Artists i recommend to everyone
10.17.22 Disappointing albums10.16.22 2022 - Favorite songs
10.14.22 2022 - Albums i've liked10.13.22 Album of the year
09.15.22 Music records with high dynamic range09.14.22 Not just soundtracks | Part II
09.14.22 Not just soundtracks | Part I09.13.22 Vampire Night Club

Disappointing albums

The production overall makes it's a competent album - no doubt, but it doesn't saves it from being annoying to get through. Even the solid material suffers from poorely thought-out runtime or the lack of composing complexity. Most of the worthy tracks are in the 2nd half, and "most" is a strong world in that case - just about 2 or 3 of them. The dream pop sound is too dull. What's mind-buggling is the satirical context of it on some occasions which is still ruined by all-over-the-place approach. Seems like this album can't decide whether it's trying to be synthwave, glam rock or true to the 80's synth-pop at once. So many collaborations with other artists are making this creative disonnance worse. Besides, there's almost no story with immersive samples which were supposed to soak you into Kavinsky's lyrical hero. The only thing that saves it somewhat for me is Zenith. That track is a nuclear bomb.

I am not even sure what Hocico intended to do. There are really excellent singles you expect from them like Broken Empires, Weapons of Resistance or Backstabbers, but they are mostly mixed with dark ambient water throughout. Drinkable water, mind you.
3Alexander Brandon, Michiel van den Bos
Conspiravision: Deus Ex Remixed

Some remixes improved the originals, some - not so much by a mile.
4Marilyn Manson
The Golden Age of Grotesque

Dies from cringe. The 1st 6 tracks, The Bright Young Things, Tainted Love cover and Baboon Rape Party are enjoyable (ha-ha), albeit i am not a fan of pseudo intellectual wordplay on MOBSCENE, but then it really slaps hard when Brian started to document the sidelines of show business, i don't understand why - Mechanical Animals said it all in a better way. Did you know that during the PR event his car had a "goth thug" plate? I digress, sound-wise it is the best one, Skold is a great producer.
5Marilyn Manson
Heaven Upside Down

After a finally worthy album since Holy Wood he came up with another copy of the past self concurrently trying with that insipid death pop, which irks me to no end.

Not enough love for Altaer or Blackout - a quintesential couple of industrial rock anthems, Lex's vocals are on another level of grandiose drama on these ones. Lyrics can be slightly over the top, but 3TEETH continued to speak the hard truths, felt many songs to my gut. Some tracks do gain good advantage of that guitar driven sound, especially AFFLUENZA, which is a very strong start to an album plus the whole cyberpunk atmosphere is top-notch, but yeah, after a while you can't shake off the feeling that even collabs with Ho99o9 are better suited for 3TEETH's sound than such nu metal-induced approach. Nevertheless, this LP has some redeeming qualities about it and still an essential listen for any thinking man. I also highly recommend Matt Hart's remix of American Landfill, which is free on bandcamp - pure EBM brilliance.
The Gospel

I find it too kitchy even by PIG's standars and overblown with post-effects.
8Soft Cell
Happiness Not Included

Contrary to the popular opinion, i find this record just generic for the genre, with some actually on point satire on zeitgeist. Yeah, there are a couple of really off-putting, to say the least, songs, but mostly it's just ok'ish all the way. It's sad, because Soft Cell is one of the most underappreciated bands, underrated even.
9Soft Cell
Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

A cult classic in it's genre with some mind-shaping lyrics on top of tight, inspired synth play, but it's so hard to stand Almond's sex obsession which is angsty and not that elegant like on the future albums.
10The Doors
The Soft Parade

When Robby Krieger, the band's guitar player, took the wheel - because Jim Morrison was too drunk, i guess - they went all-out commercial with this one. Aside from 2 Jim's songs like "The Soft Parade" (the best song by The Doors btw) or "Shaman's Blues" the whole thing isn't bad, but just so forgettable, like an ordinary Phil Collins LP.
11Gary Numan

Numan focused on more mellow tracks from Splinter and Savage to create this good, but very predictable sound-wise album, built on regular drama composing with an emphasis on strings, low key synth/piano and the same post-effects from the previous two, but without a proper weight to them.
12Depeche Mode
Sounds Of The Universe

Wrong is legendary, but the whole album suffers from this sedated electro-pop rock sound. Possibly, their weakest album. B-sides have some notable tunes btw.
13Depeche Mode
Delta Machine

One critic called it the office plankton's dream, could not state this better. There are some solid songs like Heaven or Soothe My Soul, but overall it's an overly melodramatic electro blues which doesn't reminds of DM heights in the slightest.
14Depeche Mode

DM experements with blues annoys me to death. The first 3 tracks (plus the last one) hits the mark, eventhough there's nothing phenominal about them - great statements and synths tunes though. On the other hand, they can't shake off melodrama and pop sleaziness from Delta Machine and, yet again, their blues'y sound which is rarely interesting for me. Still a good album in my book.
15Minuit Machine
Basic Needs

Solid EP, but less interesting than the previous one in so many ways. "Don't Run From The Fire" had striking thoughts - it helps you to accept yourself via pretty effective blend of punchy EBM with distinct vocal messages. This one just plays it safe, not trying hard enough to resonate with you through deep worries or high octane danse macabre tunes (it's rhythm is casual for dark clubbing if compared to DRFTF; melodies lacks extra weight).
The Product

The band was having a tough time since DestroyX (co-writer, co-vocalist and co-producer) left, so ZooG tried various collaborations with other artists, which resulted into a good album, albeit solid even, but pretty disjointed quality-wise.
The Undoing

There are some tabloid and cringy lyrics from Anomie which is a shame, because good thoughts are scattered around too plus the use of electronics in-here is some of the most creative i've heard in industrial rock - my favorite sound on Skold's record. Tim's vocals also lack dynamics for metal when it's needed, he was smart enough to avoid such instances on other albums, but not here. Deluxe edition improves the album a lot. 1989 in collaboration with En Esch of an early KMFDM fame feels like the best hit by the latter which never was. I still like the album in spite of this.

It's mind-buggling when the demo set showcased what the band intended to record. After the sophomore (UNDERRATED) album the studio intervened to make this thing sound less industrial, grim or experimental. The result is a good album, but very botched because of it.

Oh, i don't even want to stress that enough. Even Marshall himself broke the CD in his music clip.

After their fetishwave type of synth-pop and techno they came up with your by-the-numbers futuristic synth music. It's all good, but nothing that special. New vocalist is fine, however can't keep up with old Puppet Master without autotune at times. Nevertheless, he is constaintly improving. Body Machine album is more reminiscent of Priest i knew.
22Mick Gordon
Doom OST

I guess, i should re-think DOOM's soundtrack, but dunno. It suits the game perfectly, but when you listen to it separately it ends up being just a distortion-filled metal, which could have used more diversity. Anyways, Bullet Per Minute OST is better - fight me.
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