Concrete Nature is
a German electro-industrial/EBM act that deliver twelve solid tracks
on this debut. They take elements of old and blend them with a more
current sound for a result that will please those who like traditional
European electro-industrial with a slightly more modern edge.
Upon first listening to this CD you’ll most likely have the feeling
that you’ve heard it all before, and you basically have. But that’s
not necessarily a bad thing if you enjoy this genre of music. If you
like bands such as Decoded Feedback, Leaether
Strip, Hocico, Suicide Commando,
Velvet Acid Christ and :wumpscut:, you will
probably like Concrete Nature as well. They create
songs with straight forward semi-energetic electronic programming and
beats placed over well orchestrated melodies along with slightly distorted
male vocals that whisper the lyrics in a snarl. There are a lot of samples
in the mix as well. Most are good choices and well placed into the songs,
but there are the few occasions when the samples are a bit too retro
sounding humorous for such dark and serious music that this is.
After you’ve listened to this CD a few times the songs start standing
out more showcasing their unique elements that they each do indeed contain.
While overall the album sticks to a similar formula of old school dark
EBM, you will hear more modern sounds in the mix as well including trance
and drum ‘n’ bass.
Unfortunately, this is both the first and last CD by Concrete Nature.
The members have decided to part ways and work on their own solo projects.
This is a shame as this is a very strong debut for the act, and I think
they would have really made a name for themselves with another CD as
this one hinted at so many creative and interesting things to come.
If you have any interest in this CD, I would suggest that you hunt it down as quickly as possible since both the band and the Gashed! label are no more.