PROJECT PITCHFORK

Album: "Trialog"
Label: Metropolis Records (2003)
Style: Industrial
Songs: 5
A

Reviewed by: Darklight

This is the third, and final, part of the Project Pitchfork "Nun" trilogy. This, like View From A Throne, is a mini album containing five songs. Unlike both Inferno and View From A Throne, this album sticks to a similar feel throughout.

The album begins with "Behind The Fog" which sounds like a B side from Daimonion. Itís traditional Project Pitchfork in its sound, driven along with nicely textured electro sounds, solid beats, uplifting melodies and the unique singing of Peter Spilles. Track two "Tal Der Dornen" changes directions a bit with a dark haunting atmosphere, guitar, manic beats and aggressive slightly distorted German vocals. Track three "Inferno" keeps with the dark feel, but is less noisy in itís overall development. It has nice melody to it with somewhat chaotic electro sounds and beats as Peter sings in his usual fashion. Track four "Radiolarie" sticks to the dark mood, but is much more laid back and dreary than anything before it. Beautifully haunting ambient music floats in the distance while Peter delivers deep German spoken word over it. Track five "Trialog" continues the dark mood of the album with an icy cold atmosphere, minimalist tribal beats and Peterís gothic style singing done in German.

While I do like View From A Throne slightly more than this album because it offers more diversity, I also like this album a lot for the fact that it sticks with a dark mood throughout. This allows it to really be different from both Inferno and View From A Throne.

 

Album: "View From A Throne"
Label: Metropolis Records (2003)
Style: Industrial
Songs: 5
A

Reviewed by: Darklight

This is the second album in a three part series released by Project Pitchfork, and itís the best of the three in my opinion. Since the first part in the series, Inferno, is not very exciting, I was a bit skeptical what the music on this album would be like. Also, since this is a five song mini album, itís very important that all of the songs are equally impressive. And, to my relief, they are.

The album begins with the enchanting and beautiful "View From A Throne" that plays smoothly like a sailboat gliding in the ocean on a nice summer day. Itís warm and positive with acoustic guitar, mesmerizing melodies, laid back beats and the excellent deep clear singing of Peter Spilles. Track two "Die Slange Vs. (Damon Der Antwort)" picks up the pace with an energetic speed developed with frantic electronic programming, driving beats and Peterís quick delivery of the slightly whispered German vocals. Track three "Corpus Hermeticum (Body/Spirit)" is a somewhat heavy song with chugging guitar riffs, manic electro sounds and relentless beats combined with Peterís deep and powerful singing. Track four "Outside" is a bit uplifting and positive in its sound with a mix of piano, soothing melodies, tribal beats and Peterís somewhat rough vocal delivery. Track five "Metamorphosis" is a fairly funky song with various upbeat electro sounds and beats bouncing all over the place while Peter spouts out the lyrics in a quick manner.

With only five songs, this mini album does go by fairly quickly. But since all five of the songs sound diverse, this is definitely a good disc to put in and play when you just want a quick Project Pitchfork fix.

 

Album: "Inferno"
Label: Metropolis Records (2002)
Style: Industrial
Songs: 14
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

This Inferno CD is the first in a three part series of new releases from Project Pitchfork. And, of the three, itís the least impressive in my opinion. While their previous release Daimonion was a masterpiece, this release falls short of greatness. This album has more in common with their average Eon:Eon than it does with Daimonion.

Now before I scare you away completely, I will say that Inferno is a good solid recording overall. The album opens with one of the best tracks here entitled "Momentum". It begins with enchanting acoustic guitar over a beautiful melody slowly building with emotion as Peter Spilles overlays his deep voice delivering the poetry like lyrics. Unfortunately, this is just a short intro song that isnít representative of the remainder of the album. Track two "The Deepest Place" sounds like a B side from Eon:Eon with itís funky upbeat music, weird backing vocals and Peter Spilles cheery singing. Track three "Souls In Ice" follows a similar style with funky upbeat music with Peter singing positive. The song trudges along at an annoying pace making it unappealing. Track four "(Mehr Als) Der Absprung" is a slightly darker mid-tempo song that plays straight ahead with basic uplifting music and Peterís whispered voice singing German lyrics. This song is really basic and uninteresting. Track five "Lead And Feather" is a decent song with an appealing beat and melody as Peter sings well along to it. Itís a little laid back, but a good solid track nonetheless. Track six "Zeitfalle" picks up the pace a bit with a little more energy constructed mainly with piano and heavy drum beats while Peter slightly growls the German lyrics. Track seven "A Cell" is one of the more exciting songs on this album with energetic electro rhythms and beats along with nice melodies, robotic backing vocals and Peterís emotional singing. Track eight "Awakening" is another song that sounds like a B side from Eon:Eon with its more alt-rock approach. The music is primarily created with guitars and drums as Peter sings clean and melodically to it. While not a bad song in general, it does sound a little more commercial for this act than I would like. Track nine "Lightwave" is a more traditional sounding Project Pitchfork song with energetic driving beats and Peterís unique singing. While nothing spectacular, itís still a rather good song. Track ten "I Am (A Thought In Slow Motion)" is one of the more stand-out songs on the album with itís haunting melody, solid beats, chugging guitar riffs and Peterís evil sounding singing. Track eleven "Sinus" brings back the light and upbeat positive sounding music that the first few songs delivered. Peter delivers the German lyrics in a monotone spoken fashion over the music. Track twelve "Your Cut Feather" is a semi-energetic song with well layered music and a catchy chorus. Itís another one of the better songs here. Track thirteen "The Spoken Mirror" is a rather fast driving song that is pushed along with distorted guitars, solid beats and Peterís straight forward singing. While not very creative, itís still quite grabbing in its hooks. Track fourteen "Crepusculum" is a nice dark and dramatic closing song with haunting melodies and Peterís deep gothic style singing.

This overall album just doesnít offer the artistic edge that Project Pitchforkís music usually delivers. Most of the songs are rather simplistic in their construction. The entire album feels laid back and relaxed not presenting enough excitement to entertain the listener with. Basically, this doesnít sound like a very electronic recording. It almost comes off like dark rock music with mainly guitars, drums and keyboards being the primary focus while electronic programming is barely noticeable. Nothing here could be considered a club track. The only songs that I really like are "Momentum", "A Cell", "Lightwave", "I Am (A Thought In Slow Motion)", "Your Cut Feather" and "Crepusculum". Everything else is simply substandard.

 

Album: "Daimonion" (2001)
Label: Metropolis Records
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 14
A

Reviewed by: Darklight

Project Pitchfork is back to true form on this release. This is probably their most fully realized CD yet. Everything that we have come to enjoy from this amazing band is offered here. Extremely layered electronic music with a lot of variety and creativity is combined with energetic beats, mesmerizing synthscapes and the wide range singing styles of Peter Spilles.

The diversity offered throughout this album is simply amazing. No two songs sound alike, but fit together perfectly and allow the album to flow smoothly from start to finish.

What has always made Project Pitchfork such a special band is that they create a unique sound that is unlike any other band in their genre. They do this by throwing a lot of surprises in each of their songs. When listening to any song on this album nothing ever sounds typical, standard, or uninteresting. There are so many things happening within each song that you canít resist being pulled in, and continue listening to hear what surprises the band has in store for you next.

There is a large variety of differing moods, feelings and emotions delivered here. Some tracks are energetic and aggressive for the clubfloor, while others are more harmonic with melody being the primary focus. Peter especially does a superb job of delivering varied vocals that go from angry shouting to melodic crooning. He has an original voice and singing style that compliments the music perfectly.

This music is an audio experience unlike any other with so may different sounds, effects, noises, samples, beats, melodies, etc. coming and going constantly to keep you entertained.

This album is packed with fourteen long playing tracks without a mediocre one in the bunch. The track layout is masterful with each song playing off of the one before it. Itís details such as these that really make this album shine. The quality offered throughout this entire album is top notch. Itís quite obvious that a lot of time and effort went into this recording.

I do, however, warn the electro purists out there that there is the occasional use of both distorted and acoustic guitar in some of the music offered here. But being pretty much an electro purist myself, I admit that the slight use of guitars presented in this music is extremely well placed and sounds excellent.

This could quite possibly be the CD of the year. No fan of electro-industrial, EBM, synth-pop and darkwave music should miss this outstanding release.

Album: "Eon:Eon" (1999)
Label: Metropolis Records
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 13
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

Project Pitchfork are back with another good CD. This CD features songs with a medium playing speed and a lot of structure. The tracks have a lighter more melodic feel to them, but still do deliver a slight gothic feel. This overall CD seems a lot more tightly put together than past Project Pitchfork efforts. The songs are not as experimental or creative as usual. The music is created with energetic electronic programming with a slight techno edge, melodic synth melodies and the clean vocal work of Peter Spilles. There are touches of guitar and bass blended in as well to give off more of an alternative rock vibe. This band does appear to be maturing and do seem to make a more mainstream sound here. The music for the most part has a tame and uplifting feel to it. But there are songs that get more fast paced and aggressive as well. There's a good amount of variety to be heard here. The only songs I dislike are "Eon" and "I Live Your Dream". These are just too slow and uplifting for me. The track layout could have been better to make the CD flow smoother. The best song here is "Steelrose". It's a little more in the style of older Project Pitchfork material in that it's very fast paced and aggressive. It doesn't work too well as the last track. It's just to energetic to end the CD with. This is another quality release from Project Pitchfork, but I don't like it quite as much as their previous release. Nothing here seems as creative as a lot of their past efforts. But it's still an enjoyable listen.

Album: "Chakra:Red!" (1997)
Label: Candyland Entertainment
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 12
A

Reviewed by: Darklight

I was a bit sceptical as to what to expect from this album because Project Pitchfork's previous release "Alpha Omega" was a slight disappointment. Well, I am very pleased to announce that Project Pitchfork is back and better than ever before. This album is easily their best work yet. There isn't a bad song to be found here. This entire album is simply amazing. The variety, creativity, passion and emotion in each song is breathtaking. Let me first point out that there is some sampled guitar found in a few of the songs here, but it's used in a way where it actually compliments the music and is a very nice touch. This is still very much pure electro industrial music constructed with interesting electronic programming, beautiful synth melodies and drum machines. The music is very dramatic with unique layering techniques not experienced very often. There is so much to be heard in these songs that it will take several listens just to take it all in. Some songs are dark, heavy and aggressive with a touch of anger. Others are melodic and catchy with an uplifting vibe. Nothing here is slow. Everything plays at a pace that will keep you interested. Each song grabs you right from the start and keeps you mesmerized the entire time. There is only one instrumental to be found here and it's extremely well done. Eleven of the songs do include vocals. The singer tries a lot of different things with his voice and I feel that is what helps make the songs so interesting. He doesn't really sing the same from song to song. He mixes things up a bit. Sometimes he sings with distorted growling anger, while at other times he sings melodically with harmony. Whatever he chooses to do, he always proves that he is an amazing singer. What I love most of all about the songs presented here is that they change constantly. How a song begins is not how it sounds until it ends. The band loves to throw in surprises to keep the listener on their toes at all times. They prove that you don't have to make obscure non-structured purely experimental music to be creative and artistic. Structure is not a bad thing when it's used properly. This is an album that can't really be described in words. You're going to have to experience it for yourself.

Album: "The Early Years (89-93)" (1996)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 13
A

Reviewed by: Darklight

Leave it to Cleopatra Records to compile an album as wonderful as this one. They have taken some of Project Pitchfork's best songs from their past albums and have packed them onto one excellent compilation CD. Project Pitchfork is one of the most unique industrial bands that exist today. The music is a work of art with catchy electronics, drum beats, and synth harmonies unlike you've ever heard before. The vocals have a unique German accent different from any other singer out there. The music has a very positive and powerful feel to it. It is fairly aggressive and fast paced, but not evil or angry. It has a slight goth sound to it because it's a bit dark and moody. This music is very alive and melodic. It doesn't lack anything. It will take you away on an emotional roller coaster ride that only your wildest imagination can create. Expect quite an experience when you listen to this album.

Album: "Alpha Omega"
Label: Candyland Entertainment (1995)
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 10
C

Reviewed by: Darklight

This album has a slightly different sound to it when compared to earlier Project Pitchfork material. The songs found here are a bit more straight forward without as much experimenting. All of the music is very electronic synth driven with a catchy melodic positive feel to it. But none of the songs really stand out or sound that much different from each other. All of the songs here are pretty fast paced with hard driving rhythms and beats. But they are bit more generic and repetitive compared to older Project Pitchfork material. The only song here that I dislike is "Green World". It's just too slow and melodic for my tastes. It's rather dull, and is too "feel good" for even Project Pitchfork. But this album is still traditional sounding Project Pitchfork with its ancient European celtic feel in each of the songs. But I do think that the band is starting to take their happy, cheerful, feel good sound a little too far. I do prefer their older material where they were a bit more gothic, and included a lot more variety.

Album: "IO"
Label: Metropolis Records (1994)
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 11
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

You just have to love a band as unique as this one. They create a sound unlike any other band out there. The electronics and synth melodies found in these songs are simply amazing. The unique sounding German vocals compliment the music so well. This is not your typical industrial music in the least. The music found here has a positive feel to it. The beats and rhythms are fast paced and catchy. But the overall feel of the music is very melodic. This music has an ancient European celtic sound to it. I wouldn't consider this dance music. This is the type of music that you just sit back, listen to, absorb, and let it take you away on its journey. Some songs do stand out more than others, but there isn't a bad song to be found here. If you're looking for a unique experience, there is no need to look any further.