By Marcus Pan
Heavy stomp trance signifies this blend from Chicago's
PTI. Consisting of Phil Fox and Eric Dusik, the duo have released their second
album and first full length, Blackout, on reknowned WTII Records. Previously,
SOS spawned club hits Icons and Alysium, and they've bettered
their production values for another round of attitude-laced industrial
Reminding me of SMP(1), and not only because of the
three-letter acronym as moniker. However PTI don't utilize guitars as Sounds of
Mass Production do. But their rhythms, style and vocal effects are similar in
style. Strong and powerful from beginning to end with some flotation devices
thrown in to save you from drowning in a deluge of heavy handed percussion, the
strength comes from fine electronic programming and heavy-handed, stompworthy
Confessions precursors the first single of
Blackout, Condemnation, as the duo open their second release with
one of their strongest new tracks. Easily one of the top synth-industrial
singles of 2004, Condemnation will turn any floor into a madhouse of
energy. Gone Silicon tones it down just a tad with its trance-like
quatrains and smooth synthesizers. The rhythm and bass are still there pumping,
but are regulated to a supporting role rather than a leading one.
Ivory Tower eases in with a good, classic
EBM/synth-pop groove. The lyrics and vocals are very fast and interesting,
recited in an almost over-the-top speedy style. The following Identify,
meanwhile, takes a more Front 242/SMP style with its swiftly moving bass licks
and brushed-percussion layers. Lyrics consist of digital manipulation and
One of the highlights of Blackout is Databass.
Combining elements of high energy progressive trance with old skool industrial
electronics and adding lyrical content that easily trounces most standard fare
EBM artitsts, Databass can easily be a highlight single for any club DJ.
Taking the "adding chlorine to the gene pool" credo to a new level,
Databass concerns itself with wide-spread destruction of mankind as the
world's only salvation "It's about time to clear the database."
PTI has a great release here, and WTII has a good outfit if
they manage to keep them on their roster. With some of the recent bands WTII
has picked up (see some recent reviews), they've placed themselves as possible
rivals (or friends) to such outfits as ADSR or Nilaihah. Where PTI go from here
is anyone's guess, but they can easily apply their talents and know-how as
shown on Blackout towards a multitide of genres; trance, EBM, synthpop,
industrial, electro and more.
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