Surveillance Industrial, Synthwave Fermion This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint. My first thought upon listening to Fermion’s latest EP was, “This is some good shit.” And I truly mean that; since the release of their album “Hysteresis”, the band has decided to focus their energy on darker EBM / techno while staying true to their sci-fi roots. ‘Surveillance’ is an excellent dark techno romp from start to finish. The lyrics are pretty on point with modern invasion of privacy with a line reading, “The surveillance hides in the shadows’. It’s an on the nose comparison, with plenty of electronic wizardry and samples running through the background to keep it lively and within that sci-fi realm. The song also evolves over time; the beginning keep the bassline the same, but Fermion adds more and more with each running minute, from further backing samples to complete dance synths to compliment the pumping music. It’s a very well done track. The second of these two singles, ‘Crossing the Lines’, sticks more along the lines of EBM. Plenty of room for diversion, however, as laser-like sound effects accompany the stomping beat. Nothing overdone, and everything’s well placed in the mix. When I first heard Fermion I was iffy on the duo; “Hysteresis” was alright to me. However, this new direction is refocused and fun. And I’m looking forward to hearing more from these two.  450
Brutal Resonance

Fermion - Surveillance

7.5
"Good"
Released off label 2023
This review was commissioned. However, it bears no weight on the score or decision. All reviews are written from an unbiased standpoint. 

My first thought upon listening to Fermion’s latest EP was, “This is some good shit.” And I truly mean that; since the release of their album “Hysteresis”, the band has decided to focus their energy on darker EBM / techno while staying true to their sci-fi roots. 

‘Surveillance’ is an excellent dark techno romp from start to finish. The lyrics are pretty on point with modern invasion of privacy with a line reading, “The surveillance hides in the shadows’. It’s an on the nose comparison, with plenty of electronic wizardry and samples running through the background to keep it lively and within that sci-fi realm. The song also evolves over time; the beginning keep the bassline the same, but Fermion adds more and more with each running minute, from further backing samples to complete dance synths to compliment the pumping music. It’s a very well done track. 

The second of these two singles, ‘Crossing the Lines’, sticks more along the lines of EBM. Plenty of room for diversion, however, as laser-like sound effects accompany the stomping beat. Nothing overdone, and everything’s well placed in the mix. 

When I first heard Fermion I was iffy on the duo; “Hysteresis” was alright to me. However, this new direction is refocused and fun. And I’m looking forward to hearing more from these two. 

Jun 17 2023

Off label

Official release released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

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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