NEUROTICFISH

Album: "Les Chansons Neurotiques"
Label: Dancing Ferret Discs (2002)
Style: EBM / Synth-pop
Songs: 13

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

Neuroticfish is the solo music project of Sascha Mario Klein. He makes clean and polished high quality energetic electronic music combining elements of EBM and synth-pop. His vocals are clear and accented with a unique voice and smooth singing style that compliments the music exceptionally well.

This is a well structured and nicely produced recording from start to finish not featuring a disappointing track. Itís overall more of a club CD than No Instruments was. Sascha has upped the energy a notch here making songs with extremely high BPM rates. The music contains multi-layered fast paced electronic programming, bullet speed beats, sampling, nicely orchestrated melodies and emotional vocals. Each and every track is alive and vibrant with a fast driving pace. Nothing will bore you as everything is quite exciting.

One complaint that I have with this disc is that a lot of the songs sound rather alike. While there are definitely tracks that stand out, several of them blend in with each other as well. Basically, once youíve heard the first track, you know what to expect from the remainder of the album. But nothing is bad here, and each track is entertaining. Itís just that a little more variety would have been welcomed.

If you like bands such as Apoptygma Berzerk, Colony 5, Covenant, Culture Kultur, Fictional, Icon Of Coil, Lights Of Euphoria, Project-X, Seabound and VNV Nation, this Neuroticfish "Les Chansons Neurotiques" CD is something you will most likely enjoy.

 

Album: "No Instruments"
Label: Interbeat Records (1999)
Style: EBM / Synth-pop
Songs: 15

A

Reviewed by: Darklight

Neuroticfish is an EBM/synth-pop band similar to Beborn Beton, Endanger, Fictional, Neuroactive and Silent Promises. They make clean and polished upbeat energetic electronic music combined with deep well sung male vocals that sing with melody and emotion. All of the proper elements for a winning combination are in place, and the end result is about as good as it gets for this genre of music. Melody and harmony is mixed with energetic well layered programming and beats creating an overall sound of orchestration and technology. Some tracks are fast paced and frantic for the clubfloor, while others are a bit more relaxed and would work better as home stereo and headphone listening. So thereís a good helping of variety here. With fifteen quality tracks making up this album, itís a nice long audio adventure that you will enjoy taking over and over again.

This is overall a very quality and polished release without anything to complain about. This is modern synth-pop music combining the driving energy of EBM with a dark edge. This is not cheesy happy Ď80s electro-pop. So if you like happy love songs with sappy lyrics...look elsewhere. The lyrics in these songs are well written and have something to say. There are even a few moments when things get a little more aggressive with the vocalist delivering angry emotions. No fan of EBM or synth-pop should be without this outstanding CD in their music collection.