Stochastic Theory Opposite Extremes
By Marcus Pan
Stochastic Theory are one of the better
industrial/EBM outfits I've found in a little while, using interesting
complicated rhythms and humanesque vocals that create a hybrid between a man
and machine sound. Most are fast paced, thought not always driven by punching
beats. Conditional, for example, is moved by bright melodic keys more
often than not and No Illusions uses similar synthetic melody means of
propulsion; the percussion becoming either a stabilizer to the wall of sound or
an element of the music itself rather than just a metronome as you might hear
Cranked out on Sonic Mainline, Opposite Extremes is
only marginally less dark than music by brethren acts like PTI, Boole, or
The Azoic. It's Chuck Spencer's choice of unusually bright synth and key
melodies that keep this at bay, creating an excellent collage of a mind on the
very edge of disaster - the lightning flash just before the engulfing storm
Ok is a favorite with its muffled bass movements and,
again, bright melodies combined with a behind the scenes guitar strain. Rhythms
here are brilliantly concocted and far from your normal fare of percussive
movement. The cover of R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion is brilliant.
Price of a Lifetime shows some of the more funky
rhythms Chuck can create, pretending to be a drum n bass track up
until a minute or so in when the well made melodies lay it down. Opposite
Extremes closes with remixes of Simple Choices and Here,
found elsewhere on the album a nicer way to divulge remixes rather than
pound them down your fans throats and release albums of nothing but.
Stochastic Theory are strictly EBM and industrial in every
sense of the genre, mimicking forebears. But this album, Opposite
Extremes, is easily one of the best examples of it that I've listened to.
It's very well made, complicated, filled with very interesting rhythms and
collaborations between brighter scores and ingenious percussion. Even if EBM
and industrial style outfits have tired your ears out, give this one a try as
it represents some of the best the genre has to offer.
Post: 54 Craig Ave., Madison, WE, 53705
 Exhaust was reviewed in Legends #155.
 Booles Pheromones was
reviewed in Legends #132.
 Their last (that Im aware of),
Conflict, was reviewed in Legends
 See my review of Provisions
Ideal Warfare for more on this.
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