Intense & Alluring
Artefacts is a subtly quirky and melodically emotional album that should not be passed up by anyone who is a fan of synthetic music.
The whole album is an audio rollercoaster that presents you with slow and easy songs like 'Scape 1' and 'Mechanical Sun' that are followed by hard-as-nails, gritty, and aggressive songs like 'The Sky Is Not Yours' and 'Speed.' All these different moods culminate into one great album with just enough percussive aggression and lyrical drama to keep you guessing.
This album is great and I recommend it, but if I had to narrow it down to three songs they would be 'Blame,' 'The Sky Is Not Yours,' and 'Speed,' though I recommend getting the full album more than I would recommend just buying a few of the songs.
All in all, I think that this is a solid album that is both intense and alluring.
Well Balanced Industrial Medley
This album is truly unique in its sound not only in the conventional sense of music in general, but even in its own genre, industrial music. It has a well balanced mix of both fast-paced, mind-numbing industrial tracks that will really get your blood boiling placed right alongside much slower songs, ranging from haunting all the way to thought provoking and mystifying. It provides a perfect blend of vocal clips, melody, and rhythmic breakdowns, with nothing being too overstated, but naturally focuses more on the grinding, synthetic beats (even in the slower songs) that this genre of music is famous for.
I would recommend anyone that loves hardcore, industrial music and can't seem to get slower tracks down the right way to purchase “Blame,” “The Sky Is Not Yours,” “Speed,” and possibly “A Thousand Fires.” However, many quality tracks (i.e.: “Shallow Things,” “Words,” “Scape 1,” and “Digital Woods”) would be a shame to miss out on.
Perhaps the only tracks I didn’t find to my satisfaction were “Meta,” “R-A,” and “Mechanical Sun” because, although overall well put together, simply stated, they were too repetitive for my tastes.
I would highly advise the purchase of this album to anyone considering it from a referral or perhaps the Genius feature of iTunes. It’s a quality, well-blended album suited to the tastes of any electronic music lover’s, and it is well worth the extra money to pay for the entire album to get the full effect of everything Autoaggression has to offer.