Album: self-titled
Label: n/a
Style: Coldwave / Electro-industrial
Songs: 8


Reviewed by: Darklight

DB9D9 is a coldwave/electro-industrial hybrid band from San Diego California. The problem with them is the fact that they are trying to be a heavy industrial rock band like Nine Inch Nails or Stabbing Westward, when in fact they have the potential to be a superb electro-industrial/EBM act. The reason for this is due to the electronic programming in the songs being excellent. It’s much too good to be covered up by thrashy guitar riffs. Also, when Eric Recourt sings clean he sounds like a rock band singer. His voice just doesn’t mix well with the more electronic side of this band when he sings with an untreated vocal delivery. However, when he sings with distortion his vocals fit well.
       Basically, this entire album sounds like the band is having an identity crisis. It’s my personal opinion that they show their true potential on the more electro songs such as “Thursday Night Fever”, “Headhunter”, “Mind Over Mind”, “Hand Of Death” and “Black”. The distorted guitar mixed in with the electronic music in these particular songs is fine for the most part giving them a heavier edge. But I still feel that the guitars should be toned down a bit.

This band needs to decide what kind of music they want to produce. Because a mixture of industrial rock and electro-indusrial just doesn’t work well. I feel that this act is better at making more electronic music with distorted vocals than they are at making rock music. But only they can decide what direction they want to go in the future with their sound.