by donovan909 USER (26 Reviews)
December 14th, 2011 | 5 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A come-back album that is highly successful at re-establishing 16 Volt's place in the upper echelon of industrial acts.

16 Volt quietly dropped off the map without releasing a full album of original material (9 years to be exact) before releasing FullBlackHabit. They had made some minor waves in the industrial scene in the early to mid 90’s with a few albums. However, in retrospect, none of those albums lived up to the full potential or ability of the talent that FullBlackHabit showcases.

This album may have been quite a while in the making but it was well worth the wait. Musically it would have been right at home in the 90’s with pseudo-industrial acts such as Stabbing Westward or NIN, but the album still sounds fresh even by today’s standards. The album is a wonderful listen for those who enjoy more commercial acts such as NIN, offering music that is brooding and dark, yet very accessible with some great programming and solid hooks.

The album doesn’t really offer up anything new or groundbreaking but sounds just as good or better than most acts out there within the same genre. For the un-initiated, 16 Volt is slightly heavier at points than some of the aforementioned acts mainly due to a more ‘metal’ sounding guitar tone, but never so far that it reaches into Rammstein territory.

Beginning with the trippy opener ‘I’m Just a Mess’ and moving straight into the very aggressive and driving nature of ‘Come For You’, it really opens with a bang. From there the album moves in many directions shifting from an almost Prodigy styled ‘Cables and Wires’ to a very chill and dreamy ‘The End of It All’. Whether it was done purposely or not, 16 Volt moves in so many directions that sometimes it almost has the feel that they are trying to cover all their bases, with songs that cater to every sub-genre of industrial music out there. This approach works and fails at the same time. For someone expecting an album with an extremely defined approach with most of the songs maintaining a similar sound this album could potentially disappoint.

However, the variety that is rendered on this album is actually refreshing. While some songs feel weak, such as ‘Feel It Through’ or more of a b-side type of song, ‘Whisper Cure’, most of the songs successfully capture the vibe that they are going for. It is a little long with 13 tracks with a few that could have been put to the side, but overall, an extremely satisfying album for fans of industrial rock.

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December 14th 2011


So here's an album "in the upper echelon of industrial acts" that "would have been right at home in the 90's
with pseudo-industrial acts"... is that a contradiction? I've noticed that people often have difficulty reviewing
industrial rock albums in terms that don't repeatedly reference genre. I don't know why that is, but it makes
for boring reviews. Personally, I'm not a fan of 16Volt, even though I like NIN and KMFDM and stuff. I mainly
just don't dig Eric's singing and lyrics.

December 14th 2011


inb4 Willie

Digging: Beastmilk - Climax

December 14th 2011


Album Rating: 3.5

Ah. Somebody has finally reviewed it. Very enjoyable album indeed. Have a pos.

Digging: Rina Sawayama - RINA

December 15th 2011


Need to get the bands earlier work, they've got some great tracks.

December 15th 2011


Album Rating: 4.0

HeathenEarthling, thanks for the comment. I know it can be repetitive repeating industrial or any of its derivatives, however, it is a much more narrow genre than some style of popular music. I can see how Eric's vocals wouldn't appeal to everyone, I feel the same way about Stabbing Westward, but I feel his music doesn't feel nearly as generic as some acts trying to pull off this style.

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