V/A Dark Sonus
By Marcus Pan
Glotch Mode Recordings pushes
out Dark Sonus, a compilation of deep-rumble electronic industrial. With
some quality names on the bill here: PTI, SMP, Y-Luk-O, Mindless Faith
my interest is peaked. Other bands I havent heard of are found as well,
of course, which is the point of a compilation to many of us anyway.
Thats fine, in other words
strangely enough the opening v01d is
powerful, a brilliant opener, and already one of the bands I hadnt known
is giving me something worth listening to instead of me just expecting to slog
through shit until I get to the guys I already do know.
v01ds Revolutions is fast paced, deep down and
guttural. Very dark brooding bass and swift moving percussion push the track
along as v01d near-chant smooth vocals into the mix. Its some of the best
techno-industrial Ive found and will slide in guitars to get its point
across just when you thought it was going to be pure dark-water electronics.
Seventh Image I only heard of recently by their inclusion on another
compilation, Primal River Valley. They take over after v01ds
Revolutions burns past and bring us an edit of their City of
Light. This one gets Croc-Shop stompy, with a softer pace but still very
strong. I find myself wondering if Dark Sonus will continue with the
power and pace theyve opened with.
There is absolutely no need to discuss PTIs
Identify on track three. Suffice to say that PTI is a trend setter in
the genre of spit-spoke stomping industrial and Identify is one of their
best from the Blackout release. Gencabs DMT keep the
speediness going and Ceoximes Seems to Be slows it up just a tad
to take us far into the future with grumbling rhythms, a trippy atmosphere and
their brand of sultry girly vocals. After a bit of swirlyness, The God Project
brings us back to our electro-industrial beginnings with a bit of a new-wave
higher octave flair, keeping the rhythm slow but with more stroppiness.
Suspension of Disbelief by Cyanotic increases the
pace and gets much darker and heavier, adding in more of the Ministry-like
thrash to the Dark Sonus mix. Uneases Beyond the Trivial
mixes up a goth-rock with industrial sounding background and does a decent job
of it. SMPs Slag is one I dont recognize, but it
certainly ups the pace again and uses their spit-style rap theyre known
for. I also quite like Diverjes Your Pleasure its got
an interesting shuffle-step groove going for it. It was also nice to hear
Mindless Faith again with the Mindless Faith vs Deliccato track, So Much
for Salvation. Im a bit turned off by this one though much too
disjointed for my tastes.
Out of a bunch of compilations to hit my desk this past week
or so, Dark Sonus is certainly the one on top. The speed, rhythm and
such remains strong throughout with occasionally well done trippyness by the
likes of Ceoxime and Y-Luk-O. Theres gems galore on this one, with
surprises like unknown bands (to me at least) v01d, Cyanotic, Unease and
others. Its worth looking into and theres fodder here that will
lead you to the music catalogs of a good number of worthwhile outfits.
5480 S. Everett, Chicago, IL, 60615, USA
 Identify is found on PTIs
Blackout album, reviewed in Legends
 Terminal was
reviewed in Legends #104 and we interviewed SMP in this issue as well.
MFs Manifest Destiny was reviewed
in Legends #107.