Album: "Everyday Is Distortion"
Label: Flagrant Records (2003)
Style: Industrial Rock
Songs: 16


Reviewed by: Darklight

When Re-Constriction Records closed shop, a lot of the bands on the label disappeared. Christ Analogue was one of those bands. After a while I had just assumed that the band was no more. But here they are six years later with a new CD signed to a new label (Flagrant Records).

The band has changed quite a bit over the years. Unfortunately, I don't feel it was for the better. Their 1997 release In Radiant Decay is a very powerful Cyber-Core album with energetic electronic programming, good use of guitars and emotionally charged vocals. Now the band is less focused and tries to do a little too much on this follow-up release. Overall, there's a slightly more commercial sound to everything offered on this CD.

The band covers a lot of different genres here ranging from industrial rock to somewhat funky experimental electro with spoken word. But nothing is very interesting or exciting. The strength, catchy refrains and melodies from their previous CD are missing here. Most of the lyrics on this album are rather poorly written as well.

I can't even recognize this band as Christ Analogue on most of the songs. It's the few songs that sound like their previous material that stand out the most. Everything else is too much of a drastic change in style for me.

If you enjoy commercial industrial rock music similar to Godhead, Gravity Kills, Orgy, Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward, etc. then you will probably like this CD. If you don't, then you might want to try before you buy.


Album: "In Radiant Decay"
Label: Re-Constriction Records (1997)
Style: Cyber-Core
Songs: 9


Reviewed by: Darklight

Just when I thought that Cyber-Core music was mellowing out (Chemlab, Hate Dept., Kill Switch...Klick, Sister Machine Gun, and Spahn Ranch all come to mind) along comes Christ Analogue to give me a swift punch to the gut and prove me wrong. They are a traditional Re-Constriction act with yelling vocals and thrashy guitars layered with malfunctioning electronic sounds and harmonic synths. But instead of just dishing out thrashy electro punk, they have an edge. The singing switches between shouting and harmony that blends with the ever changing music. The music never slows to a crawl, but it does mellow out just enough to give the listener a break from the anger and aggression. It also adds an emotional edge packed with passion. Calm moments turn into angry ones to keep the listener on their toes. Electronics and synths seem to be used a lot more here than in most Cyber-Core music, and that is a good thing. Especially the use of melodic synths. They add a dimension usually not found in this style of music. Overall this music is angry, aggressive, and thrashy. But the mixture of mellow moments and stylish singing combined with rage and shouting gives variety to the sound.