Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Metal
A little bit of everything makes it onto this disc, the sophomore release of Pain Station, a.k.a. Scott Sturgis. In places, he seems to share the very American approach to industrial music favored by bands like Index and H... more »
A little bit of everything makes it onto this disc, the sophomore release of Pain Station, a.k.a. Scott Sturgis. In places, he seems to share the very American approach to industrial music favored by bands like Index and Heavy Water Factory: dense, dark compositions laced with keyboard squelches, samples, and distorted vocals alternately whined, whispered, and shrieked. In other places, he strips down the mix, evoking a sound closer in spirit to the cold minimalism of European electro bands like Dive or Suicide Commando. In still other places, we get hints of Skinny Puppy or perhaps a more adventurous Nine Inch Nails. What we don't get is a record meant for the clubs--the beats per minute are kept to a relative crawl, and the emphasis is really on the more cinematic aspects of the mix than the rhythm programming. That's refreshing, and Sturgis pulls it off quite well on Disjointed, using a cleaner, less muddled production that emulsifies the disparate elements in the songs. Standout tracks include the gloomy sultriness of "Martyr," the deceptively simple programming of "Flatline," and the sweeping faux strings of "Solitude." --Steve Landau
Harsh, dark electro
MTJones | San Jose, CA United States | 01/14/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I just finished reading the [currently only] other review of Disjointed, which likens this album to Nine Inch Nails. Ha ha ha. A round of ovation for a misleading and misinformed comparison. Pain Station is, as my title suggests, harsh and dark electro music. It's aggressive and layered, often with buzz bombs of static and melodramatic orchestral moments, to create a much more creative atmosphere than what your typical electro artist does. However, it is also restricted by the cliché distorted vocals, a sin so unforgiveable that it bumps the music down one whole star. The vocals aren't bad if you like any other growls, but they mar what could be a solid electro release unlike many others. Pain Station's Disjointed hints at the beginnings of Scott Sturgis' power noise side project, Converter, but it has enough accessibility that a fan of typical electro will enjoy it. Be warned, it's not very melodic, but that makes the listen more challenging and rewarding."