Neoslave’s ‘From Womb to Doom’ // Review by ‘A Midnight Society’
Harmonic Dissonance at it’s (sometimes) finest. Demonic baby birthing in a cemetery! That’s the very first thing you’re greeted with when heading on over to the Lazerdiscs bandcamp page for latest release by Neoslave! Awesome!
I’ve seen a lot of hype surrounding this album and when I was asked to review it I was prepared to immediately dislike it. Why? It just feels like an old concept. I was in for a rollercoaster thrill ride that I didn’t know I wanted!
I hit the first track on the list titled, “Conception” and I found it funny to see that Conception was the shortest track on the album. Is our Neoslave a minuteman? It’s a nice quiet prelude that reminds one of a haunting walk through an abandoned circus grounds with hints of what was to come next.
We finally get into it with the track, “Soulreaper”. It’s got the heavy guitar tones that sound almost like the devil himself is playing them! Neoslave really puts these tones to great use. The track is an aurally exciting adventure with panning effects that make you feel like your brain is leaving your head at times, floating six feet above you.
The track, “Droideka” is a track that fits the album very well to bridge some of the more aggressive tracks with the slower pace of the next two tracks that follow. A needed track to get your body down from that high of the first few tracks.
Absolute Valentine and Evi Broers on this next track. Evi Broers has brought her A game to this track and on other previously released tracks by Neoslave and she did not fail to deliver her incredible aura to “Labyrinth”. This is a much different feel from the previous songs, it feels as though this is the beginning of a down shift on the album.
All of the tracks on the album seem to fit perfectly, like different puzzle pieces snapping just right into each other. “Digisex” is a bit of a bizarre piece of the puzzle that is slightly the wrong shape to fit. It doesn’t bring the production values found throughout the rest of the album and I found myself scratching my head after. That said, standalone or in a different group of tracks this would truly shine.
“Disco Of Doom” demands that you boost the bass in your car while listening to it. Many cool elements swirling around in a maelstrom of disco and jazz flavored musical delight! Definitely the part of the rollercoaster ride that has you dropping at 100mph endlessly.
To cap off the journey we have “Necrodancer”. Some of the coolest and best synth programming on this release as well as some top notch guitar playing. The ending leaves you wanting more and luckily we’ve got Blood Arcade to listen to!
Overall, great album, the replay value is there and this will be going into my permanent rotation. Some tracks leave you wanting maybe just a slight bit more variation or omission altogether but the tracks that hit, hit hard and good. If you want to introduce your metalhead friends to electronic music- this is a great entry.
Album Score: B-
My Favorite Track: “Disco Of Doom”
My Least Favorite Track: “Digisex”
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