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Strain Theory

Strain Theory

Seven people in this band, and they must get cramped up on stage. Starting out with a voice sample, and then sliding into a heavy dark metal-sounding dirge, with slightly gothic Andi Sex-Gang-style vocals crawling mournfully across the slow metal rage sounds scattered across in the background, and the next song hits like some gothic headbanger holiday with a DJ spinning breaks against the thunder of bass. Is this a crossover that was needed? Goth DJs and Skinny Puppy and Rage Against the Machine? The dynamics pretty much stay exactly the same all the way through the CD, with some shifts in the samples being used, and the vocals do start screaming like some angst-ridden wail, but still, you find yourself waiting for something else to happen… and the twelve-minute finale is almost there. With a nice Mary My Hope kind of intro, and you can drift along for a bit… then everything gets angry again.

Strain Theory, http://www.straintheory.com


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