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Battered Drain - Auschwitz 46

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Artist: Auschwitz 46 / Import / Audio CD released at Unknown Label

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      02.02.2008 02:16
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      Auschwitz 46's first release (2004).

      Named in memory of the Auschwitz concentration camp, with more than a little commentary on the similar atrocities still occurring today, Auschwitz 46 are an industrial band with a harder rocking edge, taking cues from the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie. These six tracks provide nothing new to an already over-saturated scene, but the heavier guitar presence should at least appeal to Rob Zombie fans desiring more of the same, with a slightly darker lyrical and musical focus.

      Corey Wilson's vocals are where the Rob Zombie comparison really comes in, as his distorted voice sounds like a slightly failed imitation, while almost approaching the level of a death metal band in the angrier sections. The guitar riffs are necessarily simplistic and fairly catchy, though none of the songs really stand out afterwards, and there's at least some degree of variation from one to the next. The even-numbered tracks tend to favour a greater electronic presence in the style of Nine Inch Nails, with synthesiser melodies over the slowly grinding guitars, while the other three songs attempt something different. Opener 'Infovein' sets the scene well and is one of the more interesting simply for coming first, and for not overdoing anything, while 'Progress or Decay' moves from a painfully slow opening to a steady rhythm that's similarly satisfying, and 'Delusion' takes a more gothic approach with its minimal, cold drumming.

      For essentially repeating a sound that was new, interesting and popular in the mid-nineties, Auschwitz 46 aren't a notable band by any means, but once they get round to mastering and characterising their own take on the industrial rock genre, their material will surely be worth checking out.

      1. Infovein
      2. Terminal '93
      3. Progress or Decay
      4. Neuroagony
      5. Delusion
      6. A.T.A.P.


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