Monday, March 24, 2014

REVIEW-PROSTATE-RIP VIP-CD

PROSTATE-RIP VIP-CD
PHAGETAPES-PT207
INDUSTRIAL/ELECTRONIC/EXPERIMENTAL/NOIZE
COMES IN A JEWEL CASE WITH INSERT BOOKLET.
PROSTATE IS:
SETH RYAN: VOX/SYNTHS
OSKAR BRUMMEL: PERCUSSION/NOISE ELEMENTS
MIKE FILKINS: DRUMS
RIP VIP WAS INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND DEATH
OF FREDERICK KOBRICK-1981-2011


I.) CHANSON DE GEST II.) THE CHURCH OR THE WORLD
III.) MERDRE IV.) SAINT V.) HEX VI.) RIP VIP VII.) LADDER
VIII.) INTERM IX.) CADAVRE X.) SWOLLEN XI.) VERTERE:

In the last few years we have seen the beginning of what could be
called an "Industrial revival"...Yeah Industrial has been around in
some form or another but nothing has been that impressive since
the glory days.Bands like COMBICHRIST, GRENDEL and VNV 
NATION have attempted to keep the genre alive and evolving 
but all they have really done is use the title as a way to label
their overproduced whatered down dancey EBM bullshit.In no
way has any of this been a fitting tribute to the Innovators of old
or even held the same hard work ethic or creativity of the forefathers.
At least not in our oppinion...Fast forward to the last few years and it
seems like the dim light at the end of the tunnel has been harnessed as
a torch to illuminate the way for the new regime.Bands like YOUTH CODE,
PLACK BLAGUE,OPPONENTS and PROSTATE have showed up with all the 
passion and attitude of the early scene and sound just as relevant and stunning 
as those who did it decades before.Here we have an amazingly talented band 
playing oldschool style Industrial in the vein of early TEST DEPT and FRONT 
242 with a vocalist that seems to have channeled the ghosts of early SKINNY PUPPY 
and FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY..This is Industrial done right and here at Traumatic Static
we couldn't be happier.This album took three years to accomplish and it is that level
of attention to detail that sets this apart from the others.(A healthy amount of good
influences didn't hurt either) It takes two live drummers to accomlish what these guys
have done in the studio in a concert setting...First you have your more "traditional" 
Industrial drumming similar to SKINNY PUPPY and the early pioneers..But along with
this we have something that I personally have missed quite a bit..and that is the backing
metallic percussions that used to be a constant with bands like SPK or EINSUERZENDE
NEBUATEN...Also the skill level it took to pull this off in the way that PROSTATE has is
astonishing.This is the real deal..Clanking,grinding,junkyard rythms and metallic chaos
perfectly structured into a working rythm.The synths are very well executed as well and 
every tone and layer works perfectly to create a sound that we had feared was a thing of
the past until recently.There are no guitars here..just pure electic energy harnessed and
let loose like live-wires on an unsuspecting audience.Yet another thing that makes this
so special is the use of low, almost Death Industrial/Power Electronics interludes and 
instrumental peices.This keeps the anticipation on high and leaves you on the edge of
your seat not knowing when to expect the next blast of electric brutality.The album 
starts like this with the track "Chanson de Gest" and then kicks off into "The Church
of the World" which is by far one of the most legit demonstrations of true Industrial
I have heard since the last YOUTH CODE album.PROSTATE may even sound less 
modern than any of their peers and truly embrace their roots more so than anyone
else we know of...That being said their are a few moments that this sounds a little
closer to some of the solo OHGR albums but that is in no way a complaint...The
clanging percussions and deep synths at the opening of "Merdre" bring it all back
to the past with murky atmospheres and a totally hostile vibe throughout the track.
The highlight of the album to me is the title track "R.I.P. V.I.P." A seven minute trip
through the late 80's/early 90's full of emotional and melancholic synths,Haunting
choirs,Grinding noise and raw talent.I haven't heard anything even close to this since
SKINNY PUPPY released Too Dark Park.A blend of the old and the 90's new.The drums
in the following track "Ladder" actually brought to mind early FOETUS when I first heard
them.Mid-tempo tribal grooves that could work equally well in a COIL song as they do here.
"Interm" starts out in a similar manner and quickly becomes one of the most powerful tracks
on the album.This shit totally stomps and the synths are a beautiful backing the the jungle
rythms that take center stage here."Cadavre" lives up to it's name as it is really close to being
pure Death Industrial.We end with the tracks "Swollen" and "Vertere"...The first being similar
to early FRONTLINE ASSEMBLY and maybe KMFDM...Slow and stalking synths...Near whispered
vocals like those of a serial killer on the prowl and sewer pipe percussions along with static textures
and heavy beats.The closing track is a Dark Ambient/Death Industrial peice that ends the album in
the same way it began.Dark and hopless...

THIS IS EXACTLY HOW INDUSTRIAL IS DONE.
PROSTATE HAS RESSURECTED A BEAST FROM
THE PAST.LONG LIVE THE DEAD:
9.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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