Emok's greatest achievement is blending the correct amount
of industrial into a rock base, not shying away from the technical
aspects, but not drowning in them either. Not since early Filter
have I heard such an accurate mixture that stays interesting,
yet remains heavy enough to be viable. Add to this sound a distinctive
Middle-Eastern feel and you have something truly unique.
The production on this album is nothing short of excellent. Accents
and breaks are nicely accomplished and sound is perfectly balanced
in order to draw attention to various parts and pieces. The bass
comes off looking spectacular as a lead instrument, with smart
and resounding lines, while the guitar and drums adequately fill
the gaps as they assume their secondary roles. The vocals grow
more uniform as the album progresses, but are fitting to the material,
screeching with the appropriate milieu that the songs need.
As noted before, it is the synthetic aspect of the album that
really rings true for me. It is a fitting background for all of
the instruments to play upon - it doesn't take the forefront,
rather gives them a rich backdrop to work with. Most industrial
music I have ever listened to used synthesis as the focus of the
bands, and as a consequence, the bands are limited by what they
can program. But not here, Emok successfully blends it as another
abstract piece and uses it to push the mood further.
They have rekindled my love of industrial, as what it should
be. And now I am anxious to hear more from them, as I know it
will be good without even having to hear it.
3) Turn Off the Lights
6) Field of Thorns
7) Dementia Praecox
9) Hatred Grows Old
10) Peace of Land
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