Artist: 9th Evolution
Album: Retro Americana
Release Date: April 1st, 2012
Genre: Industrial, Rock
Parental Advisory: Yes
Recommended if you Like: Marilyn Manson, Chemlab, Nine Inch Nails
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. It’s tough to review a record when it’s your friends’ record. It’s hard to distance yourself from the friend and his creative product, but I try and do my best and once again I’ll try with this.
On 9E’s last album I was impressed with the sonic landscape that Nicolas and company had textured together along with his political lyrics and aggressive style of delivering his message to his audience. 9E is back and they are ready to take over your stereo speakers. Does anyone listen to stereos any more? Any who back on point. What 9E are best at are delivering a slab of industrial rock. It’s not in your face ala Marilyn Manson though Nicholas does share a few characteristics with the pop culture icon and shock rocker. It’s more about the timbre of the vocals than the subject matter, and it’s more about his phrasing. Where Manson tends to beat his “shock” like a dead horse, Nicholas actually makes interesting use of his voice delivering dynamics and heartfelt songs about the world he sees around him.
While I’m not big on lyrics it’s not my forte what Nicholas is doing on this record works and it works with the music. At times I kind of wish the vocals weren’t as far up front in the mix as they are, but I understand the importance of the mix he is going for. This album could easily see some play at active rock radio and fit into any programmers playlist that has Nine Inch Nails or Marilyn Manson spinning in their current rotation.
As far as the production on the record goes this is great work. Everything sounds crisp and clean and it’s easy to pick out all the sounds and tones which for me, as a musician and producer, is important for me to hear in the mix. I like hearing everything and hearing where it lives in amongst all the other sounds. Nicholas and crew have done a great job sculpting their music to fit into one cohesive unit and they are definitely delivering something here that needs to be heard on a larger scale than just a small scene of people in Florida.
9th Evolution isn’t here to take your daughters, they aren’t here to take your sons, 9th Evolution are hear to steal your ears and take them on a journey through their world and their mind for 60+ minutes and I invite you to trip down that path with them. While this record doesn’t break any new ground in the genre it’s definitely done well enough to enjoy by anyone with a love of music and concepts.
3 out of 5 Stars.
This album was provided to me in advance by 9th Evolution.
This post was written by Gabe Wilkinson on February 23, 2012