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|Kevorkian Death Cycle|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Industrial bands in the 1990s are divided into two camps--those that use guitars and those that don't. Fans of the music are just as riven--"purists" decry the use of such a pedestrian rock & roll instrument in electronic ... more »
Industrial bands in the 1990s are divided into two camps--those that use guitars and those that don't. Fans of the music are just as riven--"purists" decry the use of such a pedestrian rock & roll instrument in electronic music, and others feel it adds that extra crunch to the mix. Well, in the interest of fair warning, Riverside, California's Kevorkian Death Cycle fall down in the guitar camp--not that there's anything wrong with that. Actually, Dark Skies, the curiously named band's second release, is a strong disc that draws accent from grinding guitars but most of its nourishment from slinky rhythms, powerful bass synth, and good use of keyboard atmospherics. Fairly typical of the genre, vocalist Ryan Gribbin sings (OK, well, mostly grunts and screams) anguished lyrics about existence, the environment, and alienation, but he invests them with enough force and emotion to make us prick up our ears. Tracks like "Static" and "Prisoner" may not end up as industrial classics, but they certainly contain enough anthemic elements and dance-floor appeal to keep club crowds happy. --Steve Landau
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A. Copp | USA | 06/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Kevorkian Death Cycle live up to their name with music that is doom laden and apocalyptic. I would compare their sound to the sort of end of the world fantasy you find in much Japanese animation (but obviously from and Audio standpoint).It took a few listens for this album to grow on me due to the heavy electronic influence. Much of it being distanced and cold, but after a few spins the themes and emotions seep out and the ingenious nature of this album can be fully appreciated."
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A. Copp | 09/13/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I drove over 500 miles to see this band, before I had even heard them. I was with a new friend that claimed to know the band. It turned out he DID know the band, we got in free. I was impressed. I am a "purist" and I will still reccommend this album to fans of industrial music. The solid electronics are not dilluted by the guitars. This California based band has a great future. Start off by listening to a clip from "Prisoner." Dark Skies has grown on me, it's what I listen to on long road trips. -Ethan"