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Emok
Shove Your Head Into the Ground and Feed it to the Earth
Wrong Records
www.emok.net


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.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) People
2) Trust
3) Turn Off the Lights
4) Kasba
5) Guilt
6) Field of Thorns
7) Dementia Praecox
8) Bliss
9) Hatred Grows Old
10) Peace of Land
11) Revival
12) Harbor


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