'The Day I Start To Die' is certainly more subdued. It's a quite different feel of a track. Estefania's vocals are really the finest that I've ever heard them on any XMTP album. A monumental leap forward for her.
Obviously this is your favorite band and we all have different tastes. For me it was like listening to easy listening electronic music. I need more "oomph" in my music. I will only keep one song from this abum, The side of the wrong was an OK song.
@tripodthunder - You. are. insane. This album is phenomenal and an even greater advancement in the "crossover" sound from the previous album. The pacing of the album is great. The production of this album separates XMTP from every other act in "mainstream" post-industrial, i.e. appealing to the widest audiences and not fringe subgenres like dark ambient or IDM. I would actually rate one, maybe two acts in those genres as slightly better mixed & mastered than this, but certainly not more. If anyone is expecting "4 on the floor" clubstompers from every track, then of course you're going to be disappointed, and really should look at more pedestrian acts. However, if you want a mature, nuanced sound, rich & deep layered songs, and THE crispest production values this album is for you.
[album artist=x-marks the pedwalk]Inner Zone Journey[/album] is indeed a masterpiece. It is quite different from the over-compressed hyper-aggressive tbm/aggrotech/modern ebm sound that most modern industrial fans are accustomed to. However, repeated listenings unveil a wealth of intricately layered sounds for those willing to explore this unique style. XMTP are, and always have been, true pioneers. It is criminal that there are so few listeners to this hugely influential act. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT X-MARKS THE PEDWALK!
@fastmat - sorry, my fault! JK. I haven't listened to 'Abattoir' as much recently since I played it so much back in the day. You're right it is a fantastic song though. What stuns me is that an act that is so prolific and influential in the scene has less than 19,000 listeners?! I suppose this is due to so much of the material being unavailable for so long. Now that [label]Infacted Recordings[/label] has re-issued the entire catalog as a digital download hopefully this will change.
Now that I've had a chance to listen to it at length I quite like the latest album, [album artist=x-marks the pedwalk]Inner Zone Journey[/album], even if it is quite different than the last three releases. Going back and listening to the entire XMTP catalog and side-projects ([artist]Ringtailed Snorter[/artist], [artist]U-Tek[/artist], [artist]PAX[/artist], [artist]Lighthouse[/artist], [artist]Hyperdex-1-Sect[/artist]) I can appreciate the evolution of André's sound and influences from other facets of electronic music. It seems to me that with the clean vocals (plus Estefania's vocals) and more sedate (almost trance) sounds the album bears more similarity to Hyperdex-1-Sect rather than a continuation of the Facer/Maximum Pace/Monomaniac sound. For fans of the latest album I encourage you to seek out [album artist=Hyperdex-1-Sect]Metachrome[/album] from Hyperdex-1-Sect, especially the 21st Circuitry label version with remixes by [artist]Empirion[/artist] and [artist]Download[/artist].
I am absolutely enamored with the new album. Its beyond words really. Something about the relentless drive of the songs and the enveloping tones that just hold you tight and thrash your body and mind in a tribal pulsating beat.
17 was good but not what i was hoping for. my expectations were probably just too high. i am glad that they are making music again though! im keeping my hopes up cause im sure that better tunes are yet to be made, :)
thanks for the video link ... as i expected a continuation of the facer-phase: i think it's called euro-disco ... it's ok, but i also prefer their earlier phase ... but i think, i will buy the new stuff anyway ...
It just bothers me and most other XMTP fans of the correlations drawn between them and Skinny Puppy. Most of this comes from the uninitiated who think that Skinny Puppy and NIN are the end-all-be-all of industrial music. It's like claiming that Green Day is what punk music is all about and then comparing them to the Buzzcocks. JAYSUS! Look, there is more to industrial music than the handful of bands most modern 'EBM' fans know. A lot of what informed Skinny Puppy also shaped X-Marks sure. They just arrived at different places. I like both bands. I don't think one copied or was influenced by the other though.