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Balance Interruption: Era II- Desert of Ashes

I never heard of these two guys until recently, although they have been around for a number of years. In 2006, they released an EP called Formula and their debut album, Nuclear War for Rescue came out in 2007. Now in 2011 the Ukrainian based Balance Interruption is back with their second output.

Two musicians only to come up with this sonic structure is quite impressive. Yar is behind the drum kit, while multi-instrumentalist/vocalist NK-47 is taking care of the guitars and vocals. I suspect the latter is also taking care of the keyboards, electronics and samplings, which are omnipresent on this release. This nine tracks, thirty seven minutes disc is jam- packed with extreme intricacies, all being superbly wrapped in high quality sound production, for your hearing pleasure. This is no easy listen by no means, but if you can stay up this horse, you will up for a hell of a good ride, so to speak. Era II: Desert of Ashes is basically an industrial black metal disc. Lots of industrial tones, keyboards and electronics combine with tasty guitars works, complex drumming and harsh vocals to form an hellish and twisted post-apocalyptic scenery. The complexity and execution makes no doubt about the high level of musicianship possess by these fellows. The pace is varied; the guitar tones are often distorted, but the cleaner ones are also frequently used, while the melodic ratio is somewhat minimal. This does not prevent the opus from being pleasant to listen nonetheless. I believe some programmed drums are being resorted to in a couple places and you can hear a few techno beats too. Personally, I could have done without the latter, but they don't take too much time and are not destroying the industrial environment either. Crunchiness in the guitars is showing up in the moderate times in more than one occasion. On the other hand, the cleaner moments account for the harmonious side of their art. In general though, what you get is an adventurous slab of intricate industrialized extreme madness.

Era II: Desert of Ashes is highly recommended if you liked what you have read above. Stand out tracks: "Mutation" & "Chaos Reign".

Track listing:
1- Serpent-Postapocalyptor of Eclipse
2- Mutation
3- Desert of Ashes
4- Nine Octagonal Stars
5- Chaos Reign
6- Streams of Black Energy
7- Construction of the First Unit
8- Taste of Enemy's Blood
9- Fuck this World

Added: August 15th 2011
Reviewer: Denis Brunelle
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1947
Language: english

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