Album: "Tactiq" (1997)
Label: Re-Constriction Records
Style: Coldwave/EBM
Songs: 10


Reviewed by: Darklight

Those of you who don't think that guitars can work in industrial music, think again. Society Burning creates very electronic music with heavy thrashy guitars and punk angst all rolled into one. The outcome is some of the most refreshing Coldwave music that I have heard in a very long time. The structure of the songs is that of EBM with electronics, synths and samples making up the majority of the music while guitars and hard driving drum beats complete the impressive package. While the first two songs "Awaken" and "Dead Man" are good, the album really picks up on the third track "Less Than Zero". This song is filled with drama and emotion, but still sounds very heavy and aggressive as well. It manages to combine anger and melody into one. From here on out the album just continues to be amazing. Each and every song is fast paced and energy packed. These songs would get everyone in a club out on the dance floor as soon as they began to play. What I found great about the album is that every song is good and remains consistant with the overall feel and vibe. Each of the tracks have their own unique elements that allow them to stand out on their own. They all sound different and are very entertaining and enjoyable. The layering of different sounds is done to perfection here. The songs sound very alive and full of emotion. This band isn't trying to be experimental and obscure. They prove that they just want to make some quality music with an edge. This is why it works so well. They're not being different for the sake of being different. They take a concept and go with it. There is variety in each of the songs, but nothing sounds out of place. Everything fits together and works. This band proves that you can make angry and aggressive music, but still include rhythm, harmony and variety. In a time of countless EBM clones, it's a breath of fresh air to finally hear something as good as Society Burning's "Tactiq".