Balance - 3
Balance is a duo of industrial/noise/techno musicians Luciano Lamanna and Davide Ricci from Rome, Italy. They have been releasing music under this moniker since July of 2015, where they released their first album titled 1. The simple, minimal title and title track signifies exactly what Balance is all about: keeping the music simple and electronic. As such, their next two offerings are also numbered; they had a release in January earlier this year titled 2 and are gearing up for their next release 3 on April 4th.
3 is a three track album that runs for around twenty-five minutes. The tracks have very bland names, being titled 'A', 'B', and 'B2' respectively. I think Balance would do themselves well if they attempted to put a little creativity behind their album and song titles, but I guess it does not really matter in the grand scheme of things so long as the music is well.
'A' is a song that has a noisey build up into a light techno/tribal beat. The groaning metallic beams do not go away, but rather stick with the rest of the noise. The end of the song comes to a crawling stop with the tribal/techno rhythm slowly dissipating as time goes on. I wasn't a huge, huge fan of 'B'. In comparison to the charming beats that were found on the previous track, 'B' takes a very curious, ambient turn with the electronic chimes representing that of water dripping into a pond. It was not exactly terrible, but it was not anything all that fancy, either. 'B2' had the same effect as the last song, though its lo-fi sounds (like when you have a headphone jack plugged in half way) gave the track a bit more meat to its bone.
So, I do recommend you check out 'A' in all of its glory as the thirteen minute track has enough to offer fans of industrial/techno and then some. However, the second two tracks will likely be hit or miss with most audiences. Balance is able to create good, modular and exploratory music and though they are hitting a very niche audience, they are doing just fine.
Mar 31 2016
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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