Steril 400 Years of Electronic
By Marcus Pan
Germanys Steril crosses
the Atlantic with ArtOfFact Records in late 2005 to release their special
edition greatest hits collection, 400 Years of Electronic Music. Four
albums are represented in this collection and theres two versions of the
cover that you can turn and swap depending on your mood. The trio mix up a
combination of trancey openings, heavier industrial beats and occasionally
slice their tracks with guitar to add punch and meaning.
Egoist is one of Sterils most remembered
tracks, found here on slot 2. A swift fast paced tune punctured by stab wounds
of guitar, yowling vocals and pushing the stomp-heavy beats that any hard edged
floor will dig, Egoist moves like few tracks do. No Remission
slows it down just a tad, lacing cursing samples and very electro-bleep
synthetics against what might be considered a blasé rhythm and bass
track. The continuous looping of the shut the fuck up sample
unfortunately dumbs down the track a bit however, so lets move
though I find myself digging the fat-back drum breakdown loops later
on in this one.
Deep is an interesting track with washy melodies
combined with very fast BPMs that will switch between cloudy movements with off
kilter vocals and metal-laced slices. Guess is a ripping tune with
strong consistent guitars that slide into very surreal and unusual vocals.
Connected gets a bit strange and far away and Zap! breaks into a
rather funky rhythm with what can only be described as a Kraftwerkian version
of scratching and loops before it gets otherworldly with its slow trance
Temper ups the bar on angry quite a bit with
screaming lyricals, slamming guitar riffwork sure to explode any skull at the
seams. Thereafter a remix of Deep moves swiftly but has weird vocal
effects and seems to come together with an underwater or far out sound that
closes 400 Years of Electronic Music with a very weird vibe.
Steril has an interesting groove and Id recommend
400 Years of Electronic Music to anyone who likes the heavier EBM and
metal-fusion genre and style. What Steril brings to the table is a bit more
surreal and strange than your usual straight laced bitter industrial. Its
like EBM in a strange dreamworld, surely interesting.
Post: Box 68039, RPO Osborne Village, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2V9, Canada
Phone: (905) 707-6283
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