The RETROSIC

Album: "God Of Hell"
Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
Style: Electro-industrial
Songs: 11

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

This is a really strong album from German electro-industrial act The Retrosic. While the :wumpscut: influences are still somewhat apparent, the band has definitely come into their own with this release. The only problem is that they forget what type of band they are a few times here.

The majority of music offered here is dark electro-industrial with menacing electronic programming, heavy beats, moody melodies, creepy sampling and angry growling thick German accented male vocals. All of the songs that sound like this are great. It's too bad that they don't make up the entire album.

There are four songs here that are out of place - "Elysium", "Passion (1st Sign)", "Sphere" and "Tears In The Rain". "Elysium" is a Middle Eastern chant song that sounds like something Delerium would create. "Passion (1st Sign)" is dark and somber with female chanting. "Sphere" is a light and upbeat EBM instrumental. And "Tears In The Rain" is a short spoken word track. These four tracks really mess up the album. They ruin the flow and make me want to listen to the album less.

I think bands should stick to a certain style throughout their recordings. If they have a desire to do drastically different sounding music, they should do it on a side project.

 

Album: "Prophecy" (2001)
Label: Tribune Records
Style: Electro-industrial
Songs: 10

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

The Retrosic is a new European dark aggressive electro-industrial project similar in style to that of :wumpscut:. All of the proper ingredients are offered here including the bass beat heavy electronics, haunting melodies and somewhat distorted accented growling male vocals that shout out the morbid lyrics in a raspy rage. While not original by any stretch, it still works.

The songs play at a mid-tempo pace where they flow nicely, but never seem quite fast enough for the club floor. They are well layered with a variety of different electro sounds and consistent beats over dark synthscapes. The vocals donít change much from song to song, but theyíre emotional enough to fit well with the music.

There is good diversity included here as each song does manage to sound somewhat different. And the three instrumentals provide a nice break from the songs with vocals. However, I do feel that three instrumentals is a bit much considering that this album is on the short side containing only nine actual tracks and a sample filler.

While thereís really nothing new or original to be heard here, itís still done well enough to please fans of dark electro-industrial music similar to :wumpscut:.