Null Factor Purity
By Manda L. Earp
Hey kids! Get your asses out to your local
electro-industrial-goth club, pronto. Chances are, if you hang out there for
more than 20 minutes, you are going to hear some of the dark, seductive mixes
of Null Factor. And trust me that is a very, very good thing.
Null Factor, the name of the electro-industrial outfit put
together by solo artist extraordinaire Dan Harvell, has quite a widespread,
cult-like following in various clubs across the country. And Harvells
newest masterpiece, Purity, is sure to lure in more sheep to add to the
flock. With luscious tracks of distortion and anticipation, this is an album
any fan of the classic-electro scene can succumb to.
Track one on Purity, entitled Total Disregard,
is what could be called typical underground electronic music,
though I do not mean typical in a derogatory sense. It is something
youd expect to hear at any industrial or techno club; the good thing
about that is, this is a song you definitely want to hear. The distorted vocals
are perfect for the dark groove the song provides and the synths are nothing
less than tantalizing.
As great as track one is, track two is even better.
Critical delivers an opening with a slow, anticipatory beat which has
you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering when it is going to take off and
blow you away. And it does. Remember the scene from Matrix: Reloaded
when everyone in Zion is dancing to a very tribal, sexual beat and the scene
occasionally flips over to Neo and Trinity getting it on? That seductive sound
is exactly what this song encompasses. The slight raspy quality in the singing
voice adds an evil, soul-tingling feel to the track and that creepy feeling
grows even stronger as the track fades to conclusion.
Bring on the strobe lights and Goths for Circadian
Rhythm which is, by far, the best and most astonishing song on
Purity. The slow-building introduction gives way to an alluring, purely
gothic sound; if a vampire had you trapped in his bedroom and was trying to
seduce you so that he could suck the blood from your veins, this would be his
theme song for doing so. The beat is enticing and fearful and the darkly
demonic lyrics are fascinating. Null Factor could retire happily on this song;
this is his masterpiece.
Virtual Suicide, the sixth track on Purity, is weird,
and I say that in a good way. The introduction showcases a voice that is slowly
and eerily distorted, like slowing down the speed on a record player. But even
with the bizarre introduction, this song is fun something
you get out on the dance floor and enjoy whole-heartedly (or, as I like to say,
something to shake the asses of the masses). Luckily, the fun
quality of this song does not sacrifice the dark element Null Factor is so
highly praised of producing. And with a title like Virtual Suicide, how
could this track NOT be slightly dark? The lyrics further illustrate the
haunting idea behind this song. Forever is a long time, repeated
over and over again, grows quite disturbing.
Puritys title track, which is the ninth song on
the 11-track CD, is a gloomy, lyrical composition, which touches upon a more
industrial element during the introduction. Again, this song builds a sense of
anticipation in the listener, but its good anticipation. The rhythms
switch back and forth, going from dance-like sounds to trance-like moments of,
well, purity. There is a nice sense of juxtaposition with the brighter
background beats and the darker, deeper vocals and lyrics. The mixture of slow
to fast, dance to trance, is electrifying.
Disrupted (Poison Floor Extension),
Puritys final track, introduces itself with a fast, cluttered
opening, weaving together many electronic sounds into a wonderfully disjointed
and confusing blend. This song, with its intoxicating rhythms, should be (and
must be in some places) a favorite in the underground music scene.
Disrupted is a long, creative mixture of tempo, sound and structure and
since there are few vocals on this track, its easier to fall victim to
the delirious feel of the composition. But the ending comes too soon, and as
the track fades into its final notes, you find yourself wanting craving
I could say a million nice things about Null Factor and
Purity, but its just easier for you to pick up a copy of the CD
and form a million nice conclusions of your own. Trust me you will.
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