GASR Survival of the Fittest
By Marcus Pan
Very dark and brooding,
GASR's Survival of the Fittest out on Nilaihah records is a decent
EBM/industrial release, but will get lost in the dirty waters of over-creation
in this genre. With the help of Nilaihah it is quite possible that the duo,
from Boston and NYC both, may find themselves hanging on a bit longer than most
of the come-and-goers in this style.
Certainly not bad by any means, GASR certainly have a flair
for programming and music itself. Opening with the darkening spirit of
Survivor, Survival of the Fittest takes us on an introspective
journey into a sci-fi futuristic Earth. Survivor plods along, getting a
bit boring by track's end. There's just not enough meat here to keep things
going, even with GASR's panache at programming and sequencing. It doesn't hold
my interest for the duration.
Creed's also a decent track, but loses itself among
all the other "decent tracks" of the EBM genre. There isn't much here on
Survival of the Fittest to differentiate GASR from the others plying
these seas. I really dig the bright keyboards of Zero combined with the
raspy percussion beats and vocals. Zero is a highlight track here on
Survival of the Fittest. More decent keyboard work appears on
Remember as well, this track being the second fastest on the album
clocking in at 136BPMs.
The following Conspiracy is extremely similar in
make-up and by this point, halfway through Survival of the Fittest, the
tracks are starting to become annoyingly similar. Private slows it down
after the speedier previous few and brings us to a tic-tapping interesting
rhythm with smooth electronic surroundings. It still, unfortunately, doesn't
engage and hold my mind for its run like others I've heard in this style.
Certainly GASR's Survival of the Fittest is worth
picking up for the true EBM/industrial believers out there. But for those of us
that are looking for more...an evolution of sorts from the over-ripe
genre...might do better elsewhere. There's certainly dance floor fodder here,
and there's definitely play list worthy tracks. But the at-home music
aficionado won't find all that much meat to sustain their appetites.
Post: PO Box 82614, Columbus, OH,k 43202-0614, USA
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