V/A Collective Consciousness
By DJ Mortimer Steel
Thirdwave Collective is a
growing army of weapons grade electro-industrial artists from across the
Midwest that combine resources and likeminded ideas into a mass artistic
musical portal. Formed by bands in the Chicago and surrounding areas this
collective retains some top notch performers and this compilation retains some
top notch music as well.
The collective is spearheaded by Jason Hollis / ENDIF whose
track Ashes starts off this stellar disc with some radical glitchy
industrial, driving beats and synth driven percussion composition. This track
has plenty of pep despite the lack of drums. PTI Icons comes up
next. It starts off with a creepy intro then unloads a full on driving
industrial dance track. Vocals are done well and a good sense of composition
has been done here; nothing boring or repetitive. Y-LuK-O Further
is track three on a kick ass compilation. The Leatherstrip vocal processing is
definitely an influence here and gives the extra added angst to this track.
Driving guitar chops, slight noise elements and driving beats make this one a
CEOXiME Beg and Plead: this band is no
stranger to me. Dub, trip hop and breaks keep this track pumping and will make
a welcome addition to my radioshow. Sultry vocals done with slight delay to add
that extra bit of spice. Well done indeed! Infinity Interrupt
S.E.P. dishes up Midwest power electronics and hard industrial. An
abrasive collage of sound on this track. It veers from beat driven to abrasive
noize composition changes which add to the diverse sound. Nothing impressive,
but I wouldn't hit the next button.
Cruciform Injection My Solution these
guys come courtesy of the Negative Gain label. Your standard synth driven
industrial. Not one of C.I.'s better tracks though. The vocals just doesn't fit
well in the mix and at times can be annoying. Sealed In Silences
Todeswunsch offers old school darkwave. This sample filled low BPM track
is in the vein of older Leatherstrip, Wumpscutt and V.A.C. Cryostate
Slow Asphyxiation bounces in with up tempo industrial electronic floor
stomping melodies. A welcome addition to any club playlist. A driving dance
beat, slightly processed vocals and nice synth layers. Cryostate keeps the
floor moving with Slow Asphyxiation. Add it to your play list.
12 Stitches Sickness includes subtle industrial
dance. Restrained yet dark, the melody is well constructed and the end result
will remind you of Skinny Puppy with early darkwave overtones throughout. The
latter portion of the track gets slightly chaotic, but tapers off to a serene
ending. Nicely done. Lukostyk Let Go of Me - A Y-Luk_O
sideproject offers guitar driven industrial dance. A combination of driving
percussion beats, trippy vocals and the crunch guitar work. Compliant
Wide Eyed Innocent finishes the track list of the CD. This track has a
cyber punk feel to it. If you like it raw this one is for you.
Mr. Hollis and the Collective have put together a fantastic
compilation as nearly every track on this CD works for me. Most are standout
and noticeable tracks.
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