[:SITD:] is the German electro-industrial/EBM project
of Carsten Jacek and Thomas Lesczenski. The songs offered on this CD
do a great job of blending energetic electronic programming, club beats,
dark melodies, movie samples and snarling heavily accented male vocals.
While [:SITD:] dont really do anything out of the ordinary
here, they still manage to sound different from a lot of other similar
bands. This is accomplished by Carsten Jacek's somewhat unique sounding
voice and Thomas Lesczenski's programming that mixes layered electronic
effects, noise elements, hard beats, nicely selected samples and beautifully
haunting orchestrated melodies.
At first I sort of wrote [:SITD:] off as just another
typical European electro-industrial/EBM band, and I didn't really care
for Carsten Jacek's vocals. But there was something about this Stronghold
CD that kept me coming back for more. And that's because it sounds rather
different from countless of other CDs with similar music. Also, most
of the songs have an infectious quality about them. Each track manages
to sound quite different. Basically, you don't feel like you're listening
to the same exact song ten times in a row here. This is due to the variety
each song offers. Some tracks are electro-industrial, some dark EBM,
some power noise instrumentals, and there's even a future pop song.
All of these different styles work together because none of them are
dominant. They're all blended together in subtle ways where you're never
quite sure exactly what genre of industrial music you're listening to.
Most of the songs are energetic and perfect for clubs, but offer deeper
emotions than just dance music. The only song here that sort of sounds
out of place is "Venom". It's a straight up future pop song
with Thomas Lesczenski singing. It's a great song, but doesn't fit on
the album. I really think Thomas Lesczenski should do a solo side project
for this kind of music since he does it so well.
The bottom line is that this [:SITD:] Stronghold
CD is a solid electro-industrial/EBM recording that fans of the genre