Release DetailsLABEL Crucial Blast
RELEASED ON 2/15/2005
Cloak of Love EP
posted on 12/2004 By:
It's no secret that metal's sort of a narrow-minded genre. When someone takes a new approach, they're either completely cast aside or embraced wholeheartedly. So what fate lies ahead for New York's innovators, Genghis Tron?
Combine chaotic hardcore with the mechanical blasting industrial drumming of Error, and you've got Genghis Tron. Or Mindless Self Indulgence combined with older Dillinger Escape Plan. Sadly enough, the clicking drum machine beats and sparse clean chord strumming on their first track gives a really unpleasant jazzy feel. At times it's really good and interesting material, but there's equal parts that just sort of sit and fester. Both "Arms" and "Ride the Steambolt" end with a melody reminiscent of a Nine Inch Nails song, while "Laser Bitch" has a new-wave beat and uh...a vocorder. "Sing Disorder", the final track on Cloak of Love, sounds the most put-together of the twelve minute release, yet still falls short and remains unoutstanding. Despite a few interesting ideas, there isn't any continuity to Genghis Tron's sound, and quite a bit of it comes across as nonsensical and poorly constructed. The production on the actual instrumentation sounds alright, while the work done on the keys/synths and other artificial sounds occasionally come across as amateurish. Overall though, Colin Marston (Behold the Arctopus) has done an adequate job in providing a full sound for Cloak of Love.
I'd be more than willing to give a full length release by these guys a chance. As it stands though, there's not enough here to really captivate anyone. Still though, there are a few short bursts of greatness, which is more than I can say for half of the albums that come through our doors.
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