Review First Aid 4 Souls – Beyond the Galaxy @ D.L.K., England

First Aid 4 Souls: Beyond The Galaxy
Posted by Vito Camarretta (@) Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum’n’Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop

cover Artist: First Aid 4 Souls
Title: Beyond The Galaxy
Format: CD
Label: Electro Arc (@)
Rated: *****
The motley milkshake of influences (I could mention Velvet Acid Christ, Infected Mushroom, Chemical Brothers, Skinny Puppy, The Young Gods, Front Line Assembly and other acts from techno and old-school electro-industrial scene) which could be distinguished in the sonic cauldron by Hungarian electronic project First Aid 4 Souls, led by Istvan Gazdag, doesn’t make it a sort of clone and the rising acclaim by many electro followers outside Hungarian boundaries, which are often unwilling to hail new bands when they’re not somehow original or when ladling by some „exotic“ new act sounds too closer to an act of plundering, could be a clue of the genuineness of their style, which focuses on a sturdy mixture of retro-futuristic cyber sounds, acidolous melodic lines which got erected on fierce psy-trance and electro sonorities, hammering drums, heavy guitar riffs, blunting bleeps, sci-fi atmospheres where the threshold between bogus and reality is very thin and meaningful lyrics, which quotes contemporary delusions, concerns and dreams of an altered world where the more or less obtrusive or deviated relations between biological and technological sound pivotal and inspiring. On the occasion of this new chapter whose title „Beyond The Galaxy“ could be confused with the advertising campaign related to the launch of some new technological device by Samsung, Istvan grafts seven different voices into his electronic grounds, which sounds more aggressive on the first half of the release before veering towards IDM and ambient-oriented tracks on the second half. The robotic agnition of the initial „Gemini“ (I think it’s the fourth or fifth release which starts with a track titled „Gemini“ this year…), the genetical adulteration screamed by Balazs Frank on a wall of distorted guitars, demanding lyrics and swirling beats of „Alien Implant„, the nervous electric flurries of „Visitors„, the breath-holding speedups on the pressing thinking caps superbly interpreted by Vikki Ricci on „Brave New World„, the electric shocks of the meaningful „Chaos Cultist“ are some of the better moments of the aggressive side of „Beyond The Galaxy„, while the blinding beams of an everlasting night sung by Mark Duffield on the enthralling „Here Comes The Light„, the lulling astral bleeps and the icy warmth of Linda Daemon’s voice of „Vimana Grha„, the obscure steaming engine and the disturbed vocal broadcast by Aaron Russell (Impurfekt) from some interfering netherworld on „Quiddity“ and the immersion into an ocean of ice-cold silicon steel and the crystalline emotionalism of „Android“ counterbalance the scorching hot side of the release with more relaxed, slow-paced but likewise meaningful tunes. Heartstrings „cyberism“ with emotional and rhythmical primers.


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