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Imperative Reaction
Redemption
Metropolis Records
www.imperativereaction.net


Ok, I think I hurt myself listening to this CD.

I'd like to state for the record that Imperative Reactions' latest release Redemption owes me money now for my chiropractor bills. Guys, you can make that check out to "Dr. MacBackocrunchin c/o Spyder." That will be fine. I have bounced around my car, bedroom, the nightclub and even my front yard to this CD like I was training for the Pride Fighting Championships.

Straight out of the gate these guys don't let you sit down, rest, or even think about being melodramatic and weepy. Get up and be angry. Go throw things… go prank call your ex for being stupid, or just prank them for the hell of it…clean out the house… Or, if you're feeling kind of lazy, just scream along with the lyrics, because any and all of these songs will suffice for the task. The only rest you can hope for is track number 10, aptly titled "Alone" but you better get that drink fast, because it fades quickly and beautifully into "This Distance" and you'll never get the chance again until the cd is completely over.

It's very rare that I come across an EBM/Industrial cd that I find doesn't have three songs that are good and the other umpteendozen suck. I usually have one mix cd of the 200 complete cd's because of this. However, Imperative Reaction has really done a good job with all they did, and all of the help that they received on this project. Ted Phelps' lyrics, music and mixing are nothing but fantastic. Lisbeth Phelps vocals and lyrics are to die for on track number 6, "Malady," and I don't even LIKE girl singers! Way to go, girlie… put the faith of girl singers back in me.

I will be waiting impatiently to see who wants to try and remix it to something different, and what will be come of it..I honestly don't think it can be any better than it is, honestly… I mean it.. really… don't touch it… its better to quit while you're ahead.

And on that note, I say GO buy this cd. NOW…. off with you!

-Spyder

Track listing:

1. Arrogance
2. Something I left behind
3. Giving in to the change
4. Guilt
5. Faded into one
6. Malady
7. Your truth
8. Redemption
9. Salvation
10. Alone
11. This distance

 

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