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Retro Album Review : Experiment Haywire’s – Cooler Than Genocide EP

Posted in Retro Album Reviews with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Rnowak

In the second Retro Album Review to hit the site (for those of you that missed the first one you can view that by clicking here) I will review/ give my thoughts  on Experiment Haywire’s Cooler Than Genocide EP ( This will be this first of three Experiment Haywire reviews hitting the site so make sure to check back for more).

My first exposure to Experiment Haywire was The Remix Riot album that came out in December 2009 under the MachineKunt record Label.  After listening to the remix album I really wanted to hear more and not to mention wanting to hear the original versions of the songs that were remixed for this album. One of those songs in particular was  Cooler Than Genocide ( UberByte mix)!

The Cooler Than Genocide EP is a four track EP that was released back in June 2008(again by MachineKunt Records). One of the things with a remix album is it can  gave you  a false sense of what the artist or band has to offer. What I mean by that is even though you had enjoyed a remixed track does not mean that you will enjoy the original version. You can hope you will but your never too sure when your first listening experience came from a remix album. However this was not the case with the EP at all! In fact it had me hungering for more!

It’s the evenly ( not too have not too soft )distorted vocals, the catchy beats and strong lyrics ( of which were the same things that made me love the  Remix Riot album) that really makes this solo music project stand out in my opinion.  The best example of this on this EP ( one that really embodied all of  the qualities I mentioned above) is Cooler Than Genocide. Don’t count out the other tracks found on this EP though as they were all very enjoyable!

So if you guys haven’t checked out Experiment Haywire yet I highly recommend you do and head over to her website here. The site has tons of  information on Experiment Haywire and the mastermind behind the project Rachel Haywire. If  this review got your curiosity peaked or the website did and you want to treat you ears to some Experiment Haywire you can do so at her BandCamp store right here!


Retro Album Review : Ayria’s Debris

Posted in Retro Album Reviews with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2010 by Rnowak

(Picture taken from the Alfa Matrix web store )

I wanted to start this new feature here because I would love to review/give my thoughts on older albums (released a year ago or longer) that I have enjoyed (or disliked). So what better way to kick off this feature then with one of my all time favorite albums Debris ( ok so you know it’s going to be a good review lol)!

Now when my ears first embarked on this enjoyable journey into the world of electro/ industrial music this was one of the first albums that I encountered. Now don’t get me wrong sure I listened to a few industrial bands/artists (KMFDM, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, NIN)  before hearing Ayria’s Debris. Mainly my music taste was heavy metal, power metal, speed metal ect ect . So after listening to Ayria, Combichrist, X-rX, Unter Null, UnterArt, UberByte, Leaether Strip, 16 Volt, Zombie Girl, Front Line Assembly and  many more it was the refreshing and unique sound that these bands/artists offered that  really sold me into this genre ( not to mention the previous enjoyment of the bands/artists that I named above) !

Now Debris is Ayria’s first full length album. Debris was released under the Alfa Matrix Label back in 2003. Now for those of you that haven’t listened to Debris yet and are more familiar with Ayria’s newer works (such as Harts For Bullets) you will find the album to have  more of a different but enjoyable sound to it! The sound that this album emulates is more of an electro/ synth pop/ trance-ish style then more harsher beats emulated on the Harts For Bullets album. The sound style evolution wasn’t just out of the blue ( so you weren’t really like WTF when it happened). It was a progression that you could really start to hear on the Flicker album.

Debris offered a ton of amazing tracks vocally and musically ( even more if you got the bonus LTD edition album which is a bunch of awesome remixes). Tracks such as Horrible Dream ( the XPQ-21 Mix I love), Mercury ( I also love the remix of this song if you haven’t heard it yet please youtube it) , DOS, Disease, Beta Complex, and most of the remixes ( if not all ) found off the bonus disk are excellent examples of what I mean.

So if your a long time Ayria fan then I really hope I did this album justice by giving my thoughts on it! If your new to Ayria or haven’t given Debris a shot yet then I highly recommend (and I can’t stress that part enough) that you do ( and yes go for the limited edition I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I have)!