Dead Hand Projekt - "The Lost EP"
New EP from this industrial/ebm act on Vendetta Music. Despite this act only releasing since 2010 or so, from the music on this EP you'd swear someone handed you a demo from 1992. I am not at all familiar with this band or their material, but this EP reminds me of older industrial like Pig or NIN but without the guitars and complexity. So, basically it has all the amateur aspects of older industrial releases when there was significantly less access to technology and production equipment, but sadly without any of the notable qualities that led those records to capture people's attention. Honestly, there isn't a whole lot to say about this: it's only 4 songs long and each of them is short, extremely straightforward and unimaginative; all of them more or less consist of: a bassline, 2 synths, a steady, soporific drumbeat, a bunch of undiscernable samples, and effected vocals. Soundwise it is super amateur, gritty and muddy. Unnecessary over-compression has lead to noticeable distortion and ugly artifacts (starting to seem like a staple on vendetta releases, ugh). I imagine that this band is much more exciting to see live than hear on CD. This stuff isn't my thing as you can probably tell, but track 3 "TheTiredWillFight", easily the best on the disc, seems like something fans of Chemlab or Pig or something of that era might like - it's got that driving bassline, high energy, and vocal style straight out of that era. The final track "SuckItDry" is only noteworthy because it contains some of the most disgusting guitars I've ever heard in my life (and that certainly isn't a compliment). There are some ok atmospheric elements here and there, but they get buried within the muck and sallow tones. If you miss the grittiness and simplicity of 80s/early 90s style of industrial/rock, but don't want guitars and don't mind annoyingly squashed-to-shit, zero dynamics music, than this may be for you. Otherwise, this will only serve to remind you why the industrial scene has fallen off so much. Grab a Brain Leisure or Neon Cage Experiment album from Vendetta instead! 2/10