Album: "North Atlantic Balkan Express" (1999)
Label: Tone Casualties
Style: Enchanting electro
Songs: 10


Reviewed by: Darklight

Kismet showed potential on their previous CD "Wake Up Gods", but I personally didn't feel that they offered enough structure or direction with their songs on that release. The music was too experimental in my opinion. But that is not the case with this CD. The band has matured musically and delivers solid song structures that are still unique and creative, but have more of a clear direction with structured rhythms, beats, melodies and vocals. The music in these songs is very layered with multiple sounds including organic instruments, electronics, samples and tribal drum beats. The vocals are clean, deep and sung in a rather dreary fashion. They fit well with the music. The songs remind me of Dead Can Dance, Deep Forest, Enigma and Delerium on speed. They have the same mesmerizing earthly nature to them, but are much faster paced with a lot of drum & bass mixed in. There's a lot of variety to be enjoyed here as every song presents something new and different for your listening pleasure. All of the music has an artistic vibe to it with a lot of creativity. I like the fact that they manage to package all of this art into songs that work. The CD flows extremely well from start to finish without anything sounding out of place. The surprise track here is the cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart". It's very well done, and gives the original version a new twist. If you're tired of the same old thing in electronic music, I would recommend this Kismet CD to you. It's an enjoyable listen that's quite refreshing.


Album: "Wake Up Gods" (1997)
Label: Tone Casualties
Style: Experimental electro
Songs: 11


Reviewed by: Darklight

This album has a lot of variety on it and that's actually its downfall. This CD seems more like a compilation than something done by one band. Song one "Wake Up Gods" is a great track. It features tribal drum beats, organic sounds, chanting, electronic effects, unique acoustic style guitar and clean mellow deep accented male vocals. This song sounds very original and is enjoyable to listen to. Song two "Assassination" is a little more straight forward and structured with electronic sequencing and drum programming overlayed with distorted vocals. This song is fairly fast paced with some techno elements and could work on the dance floor. Song three "Until The Next War" is a very melodic and slow track made up of acoustic guitar, middle eastern type sounds combined with chanting and spoken word. Song four "Submarine" is a very strange track that is extremely slow paced and ambient with static, clanking of pipes and other odd sounds. The vocals sound like they are sung underwater due to their echo effects. Toward the end of the song it picks up a bit with a little more energy. This is definitely an experimental track that could only be enjoyed by someone that actually likes sound art. Song five "Ortoma" is a slow paced drum and bass track with other weird sounds in the mix as well. The vocals consist of chanting in the background while the music plays. I find this track to be rather repetitive and boring. Song six "Venus In Furs" sounds as if the music was pulled out of a 70's spy thriller while deep melodic vocals sing along with it. This track has a gothic edge to it. I like it. Song seven "Polen" is nothing but repetitive ambient type sounds. It's just filler. Song eight "Post Communism" is another ethnic sounding ambient track with chanting and spoken word. The layering of everything here is done rather well and makes this song stand out amongst the other ambient tracks found here. Song nine "Nothing" is just another filler track made up of ambient sounds. Song ten "Voden 2048" has that ethnic vibe again with acoustic style guitars, tribal drum beats and piano blended with distorted spoken word and clean chanting. Song eleven "Leison" is an ambient techno mixture with chanting. The first two songs on this album are indeed structured industrial songs with many unique elements that allow them to stand out. It's unfortunate that the rest of the album consists of ambient and experimental music. This band should do two different projects. One for their industrial sound and one for their experimental sound. They do both very good, but the two just don't seem to go together. The bottom line is that if you enjoy ambient and experimental music, you will like what this album has to offer. But I personally don't see the appeal in this kind of music at all. I guess I'm just a sucker for a good beat.