Encrypted - Regression
If you're a loyal follower of all things on Brutal Resonance, then you caught our interview with San Antonio based industrial/EBM duo Encrypted. Throughout our little chat they mentioned how nobody really does industrial the way they remember it in the golden age when Nitzer Ebb, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Skinny Puppy were still laying the foundation to their legendary status in the scene. That being said both Jude and Metal Matt have been tinkering away for the past couple of years trying to make an album that sounds like it could have been made right alongside the greats of the scene during that time period. The couple of demos they put out alongside their experiments with synths and noise has resulted in their most complete release titled Regression.
Right from the start Encrypted gets going with a stompy EBM track titled 'GISM' which has enough synths and growling vocals to keep you going for quite a while. The band does commit the cardinal sin of sampling the war film Full Metal Jacket, but since the song turned out so good I can excuse it just this one time - and only this one time. 'Prosthetic Soul' moved at a slower pace, inserting a darker, grimmer sound alongside further distorted vocals.
'Christ Puppet' was their third track and turned into a blend of clashing synths, growling vocals, and breaks where the synths would take over and deliver mystical sounds. Towards the end of 'Christ Puppet', we're delivered with a speedy breakdown of noise, rapid lyrics, and general attitude.'Grim Infliction' gets stompier once more for a final showdown on the album.
Regression is a fun EP and an exercise in love towards old school industrial. Though they do respect industrial legends, Encrypted never comes off as if they are attempting to be an exact clone of any respected band. Instead they are paying homages to the sounds of the past by savagely ripping and tearing their own path. Get prepared for four tracks that will get you stomping and throwing yourself about in a mechanically induced rage.
Apr 03 2017
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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