TERMINAL CHOICE

Album: "Ominous Future" (2000)
Label: Interbeat Records
Style: Electro industrial
Songs: 13

B
 

Reviewed by: Darklight

I liked the previous Terminal Choice CD "Navigator" as it blended a lot of variety on it. However, I did feel that the band could improve in several areas. I felt that they should focus their energy more on structured electro-industrial songs with vocals instead of wasting a lot of album space with out-of-place darkwave tracks and instrumentals. I also felt that the lyrics in their songs should be written better.
       Well, the band has improved in every area except for the lyrics. The lyrics contained in the songs on this disc are blunt and simplistic to the point where they come off as comical. The songs touch on things such as the end of the world (Armageddon), meaningless sex (Animal), serial killers (Human Hunter) and war (On The Battlefield). Basically, nothing too deep or interesting.
       There are a few songs such as "No Chance" and "In Your Soul" that do seem to have more meaningful and creative lyrics, but there's not enough of these songs to make up for the songs that basically talk about the destruction of the Earth and the killing of women. This band comes off dark and evil in a campy way similar to that of The Electric Hellfire Club. This is actually their downfall as they're good musicians that create well constructed music with nice electronic programming, distorted guitar and haunting melodies. The singer has a deep German accented voice that blends well with the music and sings with harmony. It's these elements that do make the songs enjoyable to listen to, but the lyrics almost make you laugh at how foolish they are. The drawback to these poorly written lyrics is that the songs are rather catchy, and will stay with you long after you have listened to them. So you won't be able to get the lyrics out of your head. This just goes to prove that the band is good at putting together dark electro-industrial songs with solid beats and mesmerizing harmonies. It's too bad that they're not as good at writing their lyrics.
       Even with the rather poorly written lyrics I still enjoy this album just for the fact that the music is interesting and creative with some nice elements in it. If you can get past rather simplistic and meaningless lyrics, you will enjoy this CD for its music. But be warned that the subject matter contained in these songs does deal with violent themes such as rape and murder. So this album isn't for the easily offended or disturbed. But for those of you that like dark electro-industrial music with a very apparent German edge, this CD might be something that you will want to get.

 

Album: "Navigator" (1998)
Label: Cyberware Productions
Style: Electro industrial/Electro metal
Songs: 15

B

Reviewed by: Darklight

This band can't really decide what kind of music they want  to make on this CD. They deliver a lot of different styles of industrial music here. This is a German band and they definitely have a European sound. This is very dark electronic music with deep accented vocals. Every song sounds different here. You get some pure dance club style electro industrial dance tracks, some heavier electro metal tracks with guitars, some melodic darkwave tracks featuring female vocals and some dark ambient instrumental pieces as well. The lyrics in these songs are very dark and disturbing with a lot of evil overtones. Sometimes the vocals are broken english and just don't make a lot of sense. There are also songs with German vocals. Overall this CD sounds like dark metal music with electronics, synths and samples. If you are interested in heavy German ̃­industrial music with a lot of guitar and a touch of EBM and darkwave as well, this is a good CD to choose. I would personally like to see this band tone down on the guitars and distortion in the future and clean up their sound a bit as well as make it more EBM.