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Album: "Luminous"
Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
Style: EBM / Synth-pop
Songs: 10


Reviewed by: Darklight

This Cesium_137 mini-album features four new tracks and six remixes of songs from their Elemental album.

I like this album more than Elemental as it focuses mainly on energy all the way through with no slow songs or instrumentals that get in the way.

The new songs and remixes are placed in a perfect order that allows the album to flow well from beginning to end. The four new songs are some of Cesium_137's best material yet, and the remixes provided by Imperative Reaction, Flesh Field, Sweep, Haujobb, Back and to the Left, and Oko Jumu are even better then the originals offering a lot of new and interesting ideas.

If you like EBM/Synth-pop hybrid music that blends nicely layered energetic electronic programming, infectious beats, dramatic melodies and deep clear male vocals, this CD can't be missed.


Album: "Elemental"
Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
Style: EBM / Synth-pop
Songs: 11


Reviewed by: Darklight

Cesium_137 is the electronic music project of Isaac Walter Glendening and Vince Guzzardo. What they offer on this Elemental release are great upbeat and energetic EBM/synth-pop hybrid songs.

The variety offerd throughout this recording is simply stunning. No two songs sound alike, but fit together flawlessly. There's so much happening in each of the songs that they require multiple listens to take it all in. And you will definitely want to listen to this music over and over again.

The electronic programming/sequencing is extremely layered with a multitude of sounds and effects going off in every direction imagineable as hard and heavy bass beats give the songs their driving edge. In the background mesmerizing melodies can be heard floating off in the distance. Deep clear male vocals sing the lyrics with power, passion and emotion. The beautiful vocals of Petra DeLuca are featured on three of the songs, and add a nice dimension to them.

This album does a great job of mixing old school style EBM similar to Front 242 and Front Line Assembly with a modern synth-pop/future pop sound similar to Covenant, Culture Kultur, Fictional, Icon of Coil, Lights of Euphoria, Seabound and VNV Nation.

There's nothing really negative that I can say about this release. It offers great variety including aggressive electro-industrial, dance EBM and upbeat synth-pop. Each of the songs are equally impressive, interesting and exciting. And they're all placed in a great track order that makes the CD flow fluidly from beginning to end. The overall production of the album is crisp and clear delivering a polished sound throughout.

This album offers just about everything you could ask for from a modern EBM/synth-pop recording. Even the artwork is great. I highly recommend this CD to fans of most genres of electronic music. There's something here for everyone.


Album: "The Fall"
Label: Tonedeaf Records (2001)
Style: Electro-industrial / EBM
Songs: 6


Reviewed by: Darklight

Cesium: 137 is a promising new American electro-industrial/EBM act that show a lot of potential on this single. The title track “The Fall” is offered in five different versions here, while there is one version of the track “Language Without Lies”. Of the two, “The Fall” is more energetic and meant for club play. But I personally like “Language Without Lies” more because it’s darker and more passionate in my opinion.

The music on all of the songs presented here is pure electro constructed with manic bass beats and computer generated sounds and effects over pleasant melodies. Everything that I like in this style of music is offered here. The remixes are especially good. But I can’t completely judge this band based on two tracks. However, this single does make me want a full-length by the band.