New Skies to Fly
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 08/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Funker Vogt has been a mainstay in the EBM arena, going through many a revolution in the evoultion of "becoming," and that has happened with good reason. Anything Funker Vogt members touch is well worth receiving. Focusing on their albums alone, one would have a wide variety of anthems and stages - heavy to EBM light - to choose from. And the side projects, they birth even more proof. From Ravenous to Ficitonal, all the wonders of the world are covered and stray from the positioning of the normally anti-war Vogt voice. They also experiment with audible "light and sound," creating different types of sonic backdrops than the more aggressive main act does, and they do so with beautiful results. This Fictional release is, in many ways, more evolved than the last one to see the light of day. This isn't to say that the last was bad, mind you, because it wasn't that at all. It was simply a more rudimentary form of beats and a more interlockingly predictable pattern. Here, however, is something different and, in many ways, something odd to hear from the contributors.
Previously, the styles used to sing were more distorted and something of a middleman between Funker Vogt and "normal," but this album isn't like that. Instead, it comprises the use of an ability no longer concealed under the same types of distortion all the time, and some of the distortion that does show up is - different. More robotic sounds are used, real voices are thrown in, and melodies are molded. Added to that are some odd electronic melodies, most weird combinations that stray further into electronics and less into predictable BPM ballads, and you have yourself something that is impressive.For anyone who liked the last release, this should be a sure bet UNLESS you are opposed to a shift in speed and in the singing style. It is actually one of the better releases I've heard in a while, having surpassed the cruelty of my needy standards."
Their first album is much better!
Cami L. Garcia | Portland, OR | 05/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was eagerly anticipating Fictional's second release and was sadly let down. Although, the music is good, it is overshadowed by cheesy vocals and lyrics. I'll stick with their first release."