The Strand RMX Volume 01
By DJ Rivithead
A collaborative effort from many of today's
heavy hitters remixing music by The Strand. You'll hear floor stomping mixes by
Aon, The Endparty, Imperative Reaction, Byron Anderson, Dismantled, Massiv In
Mensch(1), Forced, Hardwire and The Azoic(2). An impressive lineup and the
remixes are even more impressive than the guest list. After listening to this
CD about 100 times I'm quite shocked I've never heard these songs on many
I find this odd because this CD is completely kick ass from
the moment you hit play till the moment you hit repeat and let the thing ride
all night. Not all remix CDs stand up to the guest list hype and The Strand
must have realized that because all the remixes found here give you the feeling
they must have been really choosey with their selections and it paid off in a
really big way.
The Strand are no strangers to the scene by any means.
They've been around for a while(3). I'm even hip enough to have the Strand
collectors cards obtained when I used to write for Gothic Beauty
Magazine. This is a CD not to be without if your fans of hard hitting
hardcore industrial stomp. It has all the angst of early 90's hardcore mixed
with aggressive industrial dance and slight power electronic fills for abrasive
Aon remixes Haunted into one of those stomp tracks,
bouncing you right into time. Drum and bass fuse with industrial overtones
slamming four on the floor and heavy synth madness breaks loose the demons.
Imperative Reaction remix I Hate My Fucking Job, a bona fide anthem for
the working class stiff stuck in a job they hate. This song says it just like
you would. Puts it right down your throat to the tune of what I'd like to say
is more cyberpunk then anything.
The Endparty remixed Bookmark on the Shelf and slows
the tempo down for a more subdued and angelic tone. The style is female fronted
EBM. Very sultry and sexy with delayed vocals and a down tempo vibe. Short and
sweet. Onslaught is remixed by Byron Anderson. Aggressive synth lines,
thick and evil, with vocals in that early 90's style of industrial from back in
the day. Loud and proud. Hard and heavy and fucking awesome!
Dismantled remix Never Fail Again whish once more
slows the tempo down with a brooding intro creeping into a more darkwave
flavor. The main content of the song has a very smooth dance beat with some
trance like elements giving it an almost Delerium like essence. Nicely done.
ArtOfFacts Massiv In Mensch remix Haunted and the EBM has landed.
This juiced up version will definitely get the laser vamps jumping. This is
graver at its best. Stomping beats with rave and house elements with attitude.
This is a crossover track for sure.
Forceds remix of Chicks Suck [Guys Suck] starts
experimental, but within a few seconds you realize definitely not. This one
goes old school Thrill Kill or KMFDM with a dash of 80s wave and
90s rave. This one should be played at least once per night for the next
20 years in any DJ's weekly set list; it's certainly going to be in mine.
With Hardwires remix of Dread, Fixmer and
McCarthy come to mind. Driving beats that take a second or three to get going,
but once it hits you're on your way to a bouncefest. Vocal bellows very much
like that of Nitzer Ebb. The Azoics remix of Haunted keep the
bounce. The synthwork is beefed and tweaked with all the energy of Goa, the
beats of EBM and the composition rendering as only The Azoic can do it. The
best version of Haunted on the disc The Strands Parody My
Inspection went right over my head. Strange ramblings and the fart sounds
interesting? The end of this CD is a remix kit for the track
The CD gets you going right from track one and those who may
not be fans of The Strand may find a new reason to listen again. I can honestly
say I will be spinning alot of these tracks in my sets because they all have
plenty of dance floor appeal and would definitely add to an upbeat aggressive
floor frenzy. Great job guys and to the fans grab this one up before it's
(1) Their latest, Menschdefekt, was
reviewed in Legends #141.
(2) See their review of Conflict in Legends
(3) Legends has reviewed their past
albums with In the Trench in Legends
#109 and Diatom in Legends
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