Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Dirk Ivens earned his impeccable industrial credentials as the vocal half of the legendary Belgian duo the Klinik. The Lennon-McCartney of minimalist electro, Ivens and partner-in-grind Marc Verhaeghen influenced countless... more »
Dirk Ivens earned his impeccable industrial credentials as the vocal half of the legendary Belgian duo the Klinik. The Lennon-McCartney of minimalist electro, Ivens and partner-in-grind Marc Verhaeghen influenced countless acts that followed and turned out some classic discs that still sound fresh and distinctive years later. Verhaeghen continued to record as the Klinik after the split with Ivens, but who's kidding who? Maintaining the Klinik without Ivens is like trying to shoot pool with a rope. But Ivens's main solo project, Dive, is a different story, and it's evident from listening to Snakedressed which Klinician was the indispensable one. Though not as experimental or noise-oriented as some of Dive's earlier discs, Snakedressed packs a mighty wallop in its scant 40 minutes. Joined by Nightmare Lodge's Ivan Iusco, Ivens pounds out 10 darkly intense tracks that run the gamut of influences from hip-hop (the funky title track) to rhythmic noise ("Machine Gun Baby," "Throw Myself Away") to atmospheric electro ("Weeping in the Dark," "Dark Room"). Wedded to solid, chunky rhythms, Ivens's treated vocals make this very much an old-school industrial album. In fact, if you close your eyes and wish hard enough, you just might trick yourself into believing it's a Klinik album. At the very least, it's a brilliant way to bide your time until Verhaeghen and Ivens kiss and make up. --Steve Landau
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Agressiveness controlled at last
D. M. MATALLIN | Valencia, Spain | 03/12/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I think Snakedressed is the best Dive's work as it controls Ivens's agressive and minimalistic music by adding more melody to it, which makes this album a real gem in industrial rhythm and noise music (as it is stmes called) Snakedressed takes the main elements of old Dive and retakes the path created with Dive's previous album Concrete Jungle, but this is even better. The voice is more human here, and he often sings melodically. 'Snakedressed' or 'Bloodshot Eyes' are only some examples of dive's concept of melody. The album can be agressive ('Sufferhead') and quiet ('Wheeping in the Dark'), while it creates a dark atmosphere using very few elements and sounds."
Better than anything they play on the radio!
D. M. MATALLIN | 08/24/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Snakedressed is one of the best new industrial albums recently released. Not since discovering Haloblack or Wumpscut have I been this excited about a new group. A definte "need to have" album."