Sunday, July 24, 2011

Blackcentr - Disease

VampireFreaks occasionally offers up some good free Industrial, and that's where California natives Blackcentr fall. Apparently they are making waves locally and opened for Combichrist earlier this year so they've got something going for them. One of the first things noticed upon playing Disease is that this a group who really love their beats; each track seems produced so as to bring these to the forefront. The vocals switch between harsh ("Salvation") and some rather nice cleans ("Down") and the synths are noninvasive and normal. For longtime genre listeners or those who are critical about music the E.P. brings to mind one Norwegian industrial group that everybody loves/hates, and while it will help Blackcentr sell I'm glad that they show just enough of a soul that they haven't completely gone Combichrist yet.

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