View - Trendsetter
I'm not familiar with Aghast View, "Trendsetter"
being the first album I have heard. With this in mind, I've "heard"
other albums weren't "very good" (being described as "just another
Industrial band"), with their last release improving this with better
programming, more intelligent lyrics, and less harsh vocals. The
duo from Brazil makes their debut on DSBP with this release.
We have five new previously unreleased tracks on "Trendsetter",
with the other nine tracks being remixes. Six of the remixed tracks
can originally be found (in their unremixed state) on their last
I really enjoyed the album. While I generally tend
to not be terribly fond of this kind of harsh EBM (and this marks
my first review of this type of music), Aghast View has created
something I enjoy listening to. They have proved themselves to be
at the top of the harsh EBM genre now.
It's always bizarre when the first album you hear
by a band is a "remix" album, as it can sometimes give you an unrealistic
impression of what the band really is "all about". I had a similar
experience with Flesh Field, as I heard the "Redemption EP" before
I heard "Viral Extinction". This turned out well, as I enjoyed "Viral
Extinction" as much as the EP (if not more for being able to hear
pure Flesh Field) and felt that the sound of Flesh Field
was not misrepresented on the remix album. This said, I'm hoping
this album hasn't given me higher hopes than can be fulfilled when
Aghast View release their next new album.
Some trance-y sounding elements are present (in the
new tracks), a common addition to EBM these days, perhaps making
it now what helps to define what EBM is. "Trendsetter" gives a good
solid sound, with some great dancefloor tracks... However, I find
nothing "new" here in the sound, but really, have I been
finding anything "new" these days? Not really. There are
many good releases coming out, of sounds already explored, but I
haven't found a new exciting sound to be enthusiastic about lately.
I think the highlights [for me] are the remix of Opium
of Lust by Manufactura and the remix of Latex Dystemper
by Morgenstern. This comes as no surprise to me (and maybe others
that follow my likes and dislikes), as I have a predisposition for
liking rhythmic noise/noise, and Manufactura & Morgenstern are rhythmic-noise-y/noise-y
bands that I have a particular affection for.
This album has left me curious to hear more Aghast
View, and I look forward to further releases, as well as backtracking
and hearing old releases (specifically tracks that were remixed
for this album).