Album: "Hard Tech For A Hard World"
Label: Metropolis Records (2003)
Style: Electro-industrial
Songs: 10


Reviewed by: Darklight

Novakill is the Australian electro-industrial duo of Bones and Sik. While the band name, album name and album artwork give off an image of techno or dark trance, don't be fooled as this is strictly angry and aggressive old school distorted electro-industrial music.

The problem that I have with this overall CD is it sounds a bit too dated. It sounds like a 1993 release as opposed to a 2003 release. Basically, the songs are completely void of any modern elements giving everything a somewhat old sound. Add to this less than impressive distorted male voclas, and rather campy lyrics, and there's just not a whole lot to get excited about here.

Influences seem to include The Electric Hellfire Club, Leaether Strip, Velvet Acid Christ and :wumpscut:. Frantic, repetitive, scratchy electronic programming plays along with bass beats and samples over dark melodies as distorted male vocals growl and snarl with anger. All of the songs stick to the same formula. Basically, nothing really sounds different. Once you've heard the first track, you know what to expect from the whole CD. The songs do offer slight differences, and some stand out more than others, but for the most part this CD is ten tracks of the same sounding stuff.

The overall production of this CD sounds old with a somewhat noisy, scratchy, and muddy sound covering everything. With current technology I expect CDs to have crisper cleaner sound to them. Like I said before, this CD sounds like something that would have come out in the early to mid 90s as opposed to 2003.

While there are a lot of good ideas to be found here, and some enjoyable song structures, I can't help but feel like I'm going back in time everytime I listen to this CD. While I like this genre of music, I also like for it to be somewhat fresh and sound current. I listened to countless CDs in the 90s that sounded exactly like this, so now I like music that does things slightly different.

Unfortunately, there's not much about this Novakill recording that would make me reach for it over something else. But it is a good CD to play when I'm in the mood for 90s style electro-industrial music.