Mekanik Disorder - Out Of Context
EBM With a strict EBM ebbing through their music, Mekanik Disorder shows their love for German genre masters pertaining to the early days of EBM. However, where they do good they also kind of fail; the basic feel of the songs are there, but an overall unwanted fume flows through the air as the music chugs on and on.

The first song, for example, sounds poor in production values; I think the sound would have been much more enjoyable with higher quality. The vocals aren't half bad, with a slight echo on them, but overall don't help the song out much.

Although Out of Context plays off some nice 80s styled sounds, it still just sounds off; the levels are unbalanced. There's also this really annoying synth sound that plays off every now and then that really made me never want to revisit this album again.

Guitars go to work starting with Twilight Time, and the song doesn't come off half bad this time around. Quality still needs a boost, but I'd give this track a seal of approval. The same cannot be said for Deadpoint, which contains a tried and true sound that doesn't really have much going for it.

Horrible, horrible noises come out in Niets Nieuws Onder De Zon; high pitched sounds that made me want to turn this song off for good and move on into sunny fields covered with lovely flowers. Only to burn it all.

Penibe'tica actually came out quite well; an instrumental that played on all the strong points of this act. The synths were well laid out, and the ambient background gave the song a firm structure to stand on. I would recommend listening to this song.

North Face of My Soul sort of made me depressed again, as the previous song was great and this one just did not do it justice. There's like a great confusion as to what these guys want to do; well, they want to make music, that's for sure, but just how they want to make it is a real question that begs an answer.

Vocals were a bit weird in Empty of Love, but the mechanical sounds came out decent. I would say it was a mediocre track, which is definitely better than a few of the other ones.

And, well, Alleingelassen vocals were pretty much fucked over in every sense of the word. I have no idea what happened, and nor do I care, I just wanted this track to be over pretty fast.

Agonizing Sun moved slow, which allowed to gradually absorb the sounds that came from the music. However, I still would say this song needed work. And, if I were to continue on with the last three songs, all my previous thoughts would be repeated. Therefore, I can just say that they weren't anything to get wet over.

Now, these guys definitely have their influences in place, and I understand that they want to make EBM music. But, now they need to realize that in order to create a good EBM album in the present days is not to lean heavily on their inspirations, but to innovate from what they taught the world, and move forward in that sense. It's good to respect the music and where it came from, but to stick with the same sound which has been manipulated and raped so many times beforehand can get very dull, and I think that's what happened with this album. Find your own tune, stick with it, and then you'll be able to make something that people have not heard of and can appreciate.
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Mekanik Disorder - Out Of Context

4.0
"Bad"
N/A
Electroracle
Spotify
Released 2014 by Caustic Records
With a strict EBM ebbing through their music, Mekanik Disorder shows their love for German genre masters pertaining to the early days of EBM. However, where they do good they also kind of fail; the basic feel of the songs are there, but an overall unwanted fume flows through the air as the music chugs on and on.

The first song, for example, sounds poor in production values; I think the sound would have been much more enjoyable with higher quality. The vocals aren't half bad, with a slight echo on them, but overall don't help the song out much.

Although Out of Context plays off some nice 80s styled sounds, it still just sounds off; the levels are unbalanced. There's also this really annoying synth sound that plays off every now and then that really made me never want to revisit this album again.

Guitars go to work starting with Twilight Time, and the song doesn't come off half bad this time around. Quality still needs a boost, but I'd give this track a seal of approval. The same cannot be said for Deadpoint, which contains a tried and true sound that doesn't really have much going for it.

Horrible, horrible noises come out in Niets Nieuws Onder De Zon; high pitched sounds that made me want to turn this song off for good and move on into sunny fields covered with lovely flowers. Only to burn it all.

Penibe'tica actually came out quite well; an instrumental that played on all the strong points of this act. The synths were well laid out, and the ambient background gave the song a firm structure to stand on. I would recommend listening to this song.

North Face of My Soul sort of made me depressed again, as the previous song was great and this one just did not do it justice. There's like a great confusion as to what these guys want to do; well, they want to make music, that's for sure, but just how they want to make it is a real question that begs an answer.

Vocals were a bit weird in Empty of Love, but the mechanical sounds came out decent. I would say it was a mediocre track, which is definitely better than a few of the other ones.

And, well, Alleingelassen vocals were pretty much fucked over in every sense of the word. I have no idea what happened, and nor do I care, I just wanted this track to be over pretty fast.

Agonizing Sun moved slow, which allowed to gradually absorb the sounds that came from the music. However, I still would say this song needed work. And, if I were to continue on with the last three songs, all my previous thoughts would be repeated. Therefore, I can just say that they weren't anything to get wet over.

Now, these guys definitely have their influences in place, and I understand that they want to make EBM music. But, now they need to realize that in order to create a good EBM album in the present days is not to lean heavily on their inspirations, but to innovate from what they taught the world, and move forward in that sense. It's good to respect the music and where it came from, but to stick with the same sound which has been manipulated and raped so many times beforehand can get very dull, and I think that's what happened with this album. Find your own tune, stick with it, and then you'll be able to make something that people have not heard of and can appreciate. Aug 12 2014

Steven Gullotta

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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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