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Review of No One Here Gets Out Alive

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No One Here Gets Out Alive in the first release for Alien Vampires on their new label, BLC Productions. This album has an in-your-face, harsh elektro sound, mixed with techno / rave / powernoise sensibilities. With track names like "We Are Dead Fuck You" and "What the Fuck Do You Want From Me", you know Alien Vampires means business and they don't care who they offend - if you don't like it, look elsewhere; this definitely carries over into the music.

The album has quite a variety of styles on it, sometimes standing on their own, sometimes combined together. For instance, "Watershed (Everyone Fucks Everyone)" , "We Are Dead Fuck You", and "Rave to the Grave" have the usual harsh elektro sound, but songs like "We're Going to Hell" have a more powernoise style to them. "Hell S.D." and "Fucking Negative" show off a more dance-friendly sound. This dance-friendly sounds reaches its apex with "What the Fuck Do You Want From Me", a song with female vocal samples and a sound that you wouldn't expect to hear on this album - probably more akin to something from Paul Oakenfold or some similar band in the electronic/trance scene.

"Industrial Warriors" is an homage to the old techno/industrial days - pounding, monotonous beats, the classic air raid siren sound, radar-like synths and I love it. "No One Here Gets Out Alive" is a moody, gothic piece and the album finishes up with "Show Me the Way" - very goth/doom metal, with deep, resounding guitar, live drums, and haunting synths in the background

The only detractor to this release would be the vocals - the music is good all around, but the utterly destroyed vocals are distracting. I'm all for distorted vocals, but when you've reached the point where I can't even distinguish what language you're using, you've gone too far.

This album is hard to sum up as it is many things: harsh elektro, powernoise, rave, trance, gothic, metal, all interwoven to produce a whole which is interesting in many aspects. This is definitely not your typical release and certainly worth checking out.
Added by Lex
6 years ago on 27 June 2012 12:59

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