PSYCHOPOMPS

Album: "The Best Of..." (2000)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Electro-industrial
Songs: 15
B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

As the title of this album would inform you, this is a best-of collection of Psychopomps songs. Psychopomps is a European dark, angry and aggressive electro-industrial band that create rather harsh and brutal electro noise assaults with distorted snarling male vocals. The lyrics in their songs are rather blunt and speak of the ugliness of the world, sex and violence. This is not nice and friendly music. So stay away from it if you like your music upbeat and positive. Also stay away if youíre easily offended by blunt lyrics. These guys donít sugar coat what they have to say.

All of the songs offered here stick to a similar style. Only on occasion do things change a bit. But for the most part you are given a lot of energetic scratchy, noisy distorted electronic sounds, effects, beats, samples and raw angry male vocals. Sampled guitar makes an appearance from time to time to add even more angst to their sound. Overall, this band could be compared to other similar electro-industrial acts such as Hocico, Leaether Strip, Velvet Acid Christ and :wumpscut:. Itís safe to say that if you like any of those bands, you will enjoy Psychopomps for all of the same reasons.

I am quite pleased with the quality of this CD. A lot of best-of albums have songs that are recorded at different volume levels and lousy track layouts. However, all of the songs here are recorded at the same volume level and the tracks are laid out in an order that works well. This album does a great job of delivering some of the best Psychopomps songs from each of their albums.

The only problem with the album isnít a flaw with the collection itself, but the fact that Psychopomps can be a bit difficult to digest. You have to be in a particular mood to really appreciate their sound. Also, there isnít a lot of variety from song to song here. Everything sticks to a similar style and doesnít present a lot of diversity. There are some songs that stand out more than others, but for the most part youíre not going to hear a big difference from track one to track fifteen.

 

Album: "Six Six Six Nights In Hell" (1995)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Cyber-Core
Songs: 11
C

Reviewed by: Darklight

This is the newest Psychopomps album, and it sounds a lot like their debut album "Pro-Death Ravers". The songs found here are fast paced guitar driven thrash punk with screaming distorted vocals. There are slight touches of samples, electronics, and synths. But it's heavy guitars, drum beats, and distorted vocals for the most part. These songs are extremely noisy, and not very catchy. Also, the band seems even more angrier and evil than before with songs such as "Satan Lives Within Me", "How I Hate", "Superpsycho", "Scared Eyes Open Wide", "The Whore In You", and "Six SixSix Nights In Hell". I would say that the songs are tighter, more polished, and have greater goth touches than the material found on "Pro-Death Ravers". But this album is still a disappointing follow up to their previous album "Assassins DK United".

 

Album: "In The Skin" EP (1995)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 7
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

Brutal and aggressive electronic music with anger, hate and rage. Noisy sounds mixed with techno style rhythms and beats. Extremely distorted vocals that scream in a fit. Lyrics that are aimed to offend. Psychopomps don't pull any punches. They are straight forward and to the point. They tell it like it is. They don't bore you with silly little love songs. They keep everything exciting. They want you to feel their music. They want you to move to their energy. They want you to let out all of your aggression and release yourself from all of the pain that you have bottled up deep inside. Believe it or not, this EP is their best work so far. It's much more electronic than past efforts. If you want a taste of what Psychopomps has to offer, this EP would be a good start.

 

Album: "Assassins DK United" (1994)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Cyber-Core
Songs: 13
B

Reviewed by: Darklight

This is the second release by Psychopomps, and it sounds a lot like Leæther Strip. It's dark, moody, and aggressive with catchy electronic beats, haunting synths, and screaming distorted vocals. The songs found here are very energetic. But this isn't just thrash music like their previous album "Pro-Death Ravers". The electronics and synths are very noticeable, and the beats and rhythms could work on the dance floor. There are some samples thrown in as well. This album is very dark and evil. Some songs on this album just flat out rock with heavy guitar. There isn't a bad song to be found here.

 

Album: "Pro-Death Ravers" (1993)
Label: Cleopatra Records
Style: Cyber-Core
Songs: 10
C

Reviewed by: Darklight

This is fast paced hard-core aggressive thrash punk industrial that never lets up for one second. There are screaming guitars and yelling distorted vocals. The songs found here are straight forward and noisy. There are samples, electronics, and synths, but you can barely hear them. Guitars, drums, and distorted vocals take center stage here. There isn't a whole lot of diversity. This is anger-fueled noise thrash that is extremely hard, fast, and violent. Each of the songs have great titles like "The Slaughter", "Party Asshole", "Doggy Style", "Mad Dog Killer", and "Psychopath?" to name just a few. I especially like the song "Doggy Style". It's porno industrial with a sample of a girl getting off. This album is basically just guitar driven thrash punk meant for the mosh pit.