Box is the industrial rock rap hybrid act of Dominick Llama
and Digital T. This "Break The Silence" CD
is a much stronger effort than their debut album. Everything has improved
here including the song structures, music diversity, vocals and overall
The music here is a cocktail of different styles including rap, rock,
industrial and electro. The electronic programming/sampling is chaotic,
the bass beats heavy, the guitars thrashy and the vocals are a mix between
deep word blurting and high toned singing. Everything is mixed together
well delivering a lot of variety in each song.
The songs range from dark and serious to upbeat and catchy. Being the
dark individual that I am, I prefer the darker more aggressive songs
here. I especially like "Dirty Playback", "Unitentional
Destruction", "Methane Merengue" and "Mental Assault".
There's a lot of diversity on this album. No two songs really sound
alike, but they all manage to stick to a similar style throughout. Unfortunately,
each of them are a little on the short side. I would have preferred
that they were a few minutes longer.
This album will mostly appeal to fans of coldwave and nu metal music
similar to Acumen Nation, 16 Volt,
SMP, Korn, (hed) PE,
etc. There is crossover appeal here, and I could see Encounter
Box becoming a big name in commercial music if they got the
As much as I like this CD, there is still room for improvement. I would
like to see the band go even darker, heavier and more aggressive with
greater use of electronic programming and moody melodies in the future.
This is an electro-rap band that show some creativity here, but are
brought down by an amateur sound. Basically, the music is rather simple
with sparse repetitive electro sounds, bass beats and sampling while
male vocals speak the lyrics in a rap style over it.
There is an overall muddy muffled sound to the recording that hurts
it. The music is slow to mid-tempo never really moving fast enough to
get exciting. The fact that everything sounds so empty is another problem.
I think that with a little more practice and a bigger budget this two
man band could put out some quality music. But right now this album
just isnít good enough to recommend.