Keygen Church
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4.0
excellent

Review

by Grumpy CONTRIBUTOR (33 Reviews)
April 20th, 2021 | 41 replies


Release Date: 04/06/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do you even Bach, bro?

The side project of Italy’s Master Boot Record is a really interesting one. In taking a step away from their very interesting style within synthwave, under the name of “Keygen Church” they successfully managed to “dehumanize” classical music - yet again. Nearly three years later after their first groundbreaking album, they finally released their second LP (with another perfectly readable title), another brilliant computer generated ceremony.

Just imagine: Bach found a time machine and travelled to the present time, releasing an album with church organs while in the background an old computer was booting from floppy - seriously, this is pretty much how this sounds. The key element of Keygen Church’s music is how they insert classical music written for church organ and piano into a far more modern context. Adding anything extra to classical pieces like Toccata and Fugue in D minor from 1707, may look like an impossible challenge, but this is far more plausible as it seems! For example, many artists all over the internet showed us that Bach’s music could be transported into metal music (ever heard of Rob Scallon? - He wrote a really awesome Bach composition for guitar), so perhaps the main concept of Keygen Church isn’t that crazy at all. Although the way they executed ░█░█░░█░█░█░, is really satisfactory. I’ll explain:

░█░█░░█░█░█░ has many elements of what makes classical music so captivating: it has complexity, virtuosity, a certain ceremonial atmosphere, and rhapsodic flow. These attributes may feel even more prominent due to its computer-generated nature. The album is very-well written from an instrumental point of view. It contains interesting song structures and has good production (high-quality and clean instruments), moreover the songs have distinguishable characteristics. Despite the fact there are no guitars involved, this is pretty metal as well (see more riff-driven songs like “Baregeresk”). What makes this music so interesting is how the computer-generated distorted machine sounds (imagine an old computer running on DOS) have a subdominant role in creating an unique sonical experience. They don’t just deliver the “riffs”, but also have an important part of the album’s rhythm section, accompanied by simple e-drums. These industrial factors constitute the music’s bones and skeleton, where the classical instruments (the church organ and the grand piano) constitute the flesh of this creation, calling it to life. The result is a well-flowing album, where the interesting synergy between the more unconventional elements create an interesting and adventurous vibe.

Keygen Church is a really fun act. Just the idea to bring together the style of classic composers like Johann Sebastian Bach (or Ludwig van Beethoven) with electronic music and industrial metal is really weird, but the thing is: somehow, this works really well! It is rhapsodic and entertaining all the way through - a truly memorable musical experiment.

I’m Bach!



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garas
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2021


5974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Phew, it didn't break sput!

Riddles and music on Bandcamp: https://keygenchurch.bandcamp.com/album/--2, but also available on every streaming service!



*Bachflips*

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parksungjoon
April 20th 2021


30897 Comments


its called keygen church and its not demoscene music?

hmm

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parksungjoon
April 20th 2021


30897 Comments


cool castlevania soundtrack

garas
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2021


5974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh yes, Castlevania totally had a big impact on this, for sure!

parksungjoon
April 20th 2021


30897 Comments


mb mick gordon as well given the sound of those not-guitars

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2021


14058 Comments


Is there a pronunciation for the album name somewhere?

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garas
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2021


5974 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Maybe in the riddle on the bandcamp page? I have no idea.

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2021


14058 Comments


Nice write up mate (I know I didn't say it before - but I was saving it for here). Good to see some more 2021 black metal popping up amongst the death metal.

cordwainerbird
April 20th 2021


1048 Comments


i would start a keygen church that only plays old keygen ciptune songs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFoKGo0LwlM
it would feel like this and it would feel heavenly

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parksungjoon
April 20th 2021


30897 Comments


ahh demo music

https://imgur.com/a/8z1apdV

thats what im talkin about

cordwainerbird
April 20th 2021


1048 Comments


pullin out a lawnchair by u crackin open a cold one

parksungjoon
April 20th 2021


30897 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STcVIPvr6lE

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2021


9114 Comments


I wish this band was more like this:

http://keygenmusic.tk/

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parksungjoon
April 20th 2021


30897 Comments


see voivod knows m/

cordwainerbird
April 20th 2021


1048 Comments


headbanging to the amiga demoscene mixtape

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2021


7817 Comments


oooh this is the weird album name stuff, cool rev garasbro!

Elynna
April 20th 2021


852 Comments


braille metal

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Nocte
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2021


14058 Comments


Garas doing the lords work

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2021


7131 Comments


braille metal [2] ftw
:.m::/;:.

nash1311
April 20th 2021


2427 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Holy shit this suits my tastes soooooooooooooo well. I'm so glad I saw this! Thank you for reviewing. This is going to be my work music forever haha

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