Album: Hideous and Perfect
Vocal Style: Male & Female, distorted, vocoder, auto-tune (used right)
Label: Metropolis Records
Parental Advisory: Yes
Recommended if You Like: KMFDM, Excessive Force, MDFMK
In their bio they are heralded as the new wave of industrial music, well that is an awful big boast to live up to and one that Angelspit falls short of. Do you like KMFDM? If so then you’ve heard this record before.
From the trade off of female and male vocals to the pounding beats and metal guitars Angelspit fails to really tread new ground. In the bio it talks about them creating their own instruments for the recording of this album, and while that may seem novel and a unique idea today for those people that have forgotten about Einstruzende Neubauten or Throbbing Gristle those of us old enough to remember those bands don’t really see that as anything new at all, and quite honestly the lack of experimentation despite the fact they recorded this album in a warehouse is a let down for the listener.
Instead of getting Angst part 2, I would have liked to have heard a bit more of perhaps Tabula Rasa 2, especially if you are going to make a claim that you are honoring the past while moving forward.
While my review my sound like a bit of a bummer, it’s not, because what Angelspit lacks up for in originality or even song writing they make up for in production and over all product. The album is a solid album from beginning to end and where other acts in the genre decided to get a little over long, Angelspit knows when it’s time to end the record and thus you don’t get worn out or bored with the lack of dynamics on the record. Angelspit are definitely in a place to grow and I hope they do. I also hope they find their own voice, we already have one KMFDM who continue to put out solid albums, we don’t need two per say.
3 out of 5 stars.
Angelspit’s Hideous and Perfect was provided courtesy of Metropolis Records.
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This post was written by Gabe Wilkinson on October 27, 2010