Album: "Encrusted"
Label: Gashed! (2000)
Style: Electro-industrial / EBM
Songs: 12


Reviewed by: Darklight

Concrete Nature is a German electro-industrial/EBM act that deliver twelve solid tracks on this debut. They take elements of old and blend them with a more current sound for a result that will please those who like traditional European electro-industrial with a slightly more modern edge.

Upon first listening to this CD you’ll most likely have the feeling that you’ve heard it all before, and you basically have. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you enjoy this genre of music. If you like bands such as Decoded Feedback, Leaether Strip, Hocico, Suicide Commando, Velvet Acid Christ and :wumpscut:, you will probably like Concrete Nature as well. They create songs with straight forward semi-energetic electronic programming and beats placed over well orchestrated melodies along with slightly distorted male vocals that whisper the lyrics in a snarl. There are a lot of samples in the mix as well. Most are good choices and well placed into the songs, but there are the few occasions when the samples are a bit too retro sounding humorous for such dark and serious music that this is.

After you’ve listened to this CD a few times the songs start standing out more showcasing their unique elements that they each do indeed contain. While overall the album sticks to a similar formula of old school dark EBM, you will hear more modern sounds in the mix as well including trance and drum ‘n’ bass.

Unfortunately, this is both the first and last CD by Concrete Nature. The members have decided to part ways and work on their own solo projects. This is a shame as this is a very strong debut for the act, and I think they would have really made a name for themselves with another CD as this one hinted at so many creative and interesting things to come.

If you have any interest in this CD, I would suggest that you hunt it down as quickly as possible since both the band and the Gashed! label are no more.