Album: Hold My Hand
Vocal Style: Male, Clean, Yelled, Spoken
Label: Metropolis Records
Parental Advisory: No
Recommended if You Like: Nitzer Ebb, Skinny Puppy, Combichrist, Suicide Commando
Shiv-r are a new band on Metropolis Records, but their sound is something we’ve all heard before. It’s kind of a mix of Nitzer Ebb (I had to look at the iPod once when they were chanting Fire to make sure it wasn’t “Muscle and Hate”) with more contemporary stompers like Suicide Commando and Combichrist.
What I like about the release: I really really like the beats. They are giant sounding club beats that pound and pound with lots of great distortion on the kick drum. In my car it sounds HUGE and I really like that about this. Also I really like the synth sounds on this whole album. I like how they are what you could consider neo-classical. It’s an extremely interesting listen.
What I didn’t like about the release: For one thing and this is a general complaint about the genre as a whole that it starts to all run together after awhile. You can’t tell where one song ends and where another begins. I don’t blame Shiv-r for that, but the conventions of the genre to begin with. Also I would like to hear some different tones in there here and there. It just all starts to run together by the end of the album.
The bottom line: Shiv-r have released a solid album for fans of the genre. People who like this music will enjoy this album, there is enough on here to like and garner repeated listens. Unfortunately they won’t make any new fans with this album.
Shiv-r – Hold My Hand courtesy of Metropolis Records.
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