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The Shadow Realigned

Review by Gary Hill

What we’ve got here is a set of remixes all by different producers and one new song and two covers. I’ve never heard this guys before, so I’ve just got this to rely on for definition of their sound. I’d say they occupy some territory between techno and electronic music and nu-metal. This is good stuff, but it does have a tendency towards getting samey at one or two spots in the set. Still, it’s quite an entertaining release. I look forward to hearing more from these guys, really.

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Track by Track Review
The Gift (Robotic Beehive Remix) (Spencer Wiggers & Andrei Lifinski)

This thing is keyboard laden and features pitch shifted vocals. Somehow the groove on this thing really works well. It’s like electronic dance music with some real meat on its bones.

Through the Cracks (The Sweet Kill Remix)
Not as effective as the previous tune, the nu-metal sounds that drive this are just a bit too generic. That said, some of the keyboard elements manage to elevate it.
Unrequited (Ben Moody Mix)
There is almost a modern R&B vibe to this. Beyond that, though, a more effective nu-metal element and some serious electronic music are the concept here. This is a great song. The melodies and the vocal lines just work really well.
Hey You (Ginormous Remix)
I really like this one a lot, too. It’s got a great electronic groove and the vocals sell it.
Trapped In Your Lies (NeonGenesis Remix)
We get a lot more electronic dance music here, but this also has some real rock meat to it. It’s got a cool noisy groove.
Inside Your World (Shelter "Dark Moon" Remix)
Although it still has a lot of electronic sound in it, this is more like a pounding industrial piece. I’m reminded a bit of Nine Inch Nails, but this isn’t angry.
Goodbye (Khursor Remix)
This is a nice rocker. It’s got a lot of that Nine Inch Nails industrial type sound to it. Still, the vocals are more melodic than that would indicate. This is one of the most purely rock oriented things here.
Another Day (Shok's Other Way Mix)
Another electronic rocker, I’m not all that crazy about this. It’s not bad. It just doesn’t stand as tall as some of the other stuff does.
Once Before (Arritmic Remix)
This one is more of a modern electronic R&B groove. It’s okay, but not one of my favorites.
Push (Creature Remix)
Although pretty purely electronic, this has a real meaty edge to it. I like it a lot.
Your End of Days (Jamison Boaz Remix)
I like the vocal hook on this one again. Although it’s still quite related musically to the rest of the set, there is almost a modern prog element here. This is one of the better pieces of the set.
Fall Down (Joe Bishara Remix)
The driving beat on this almost makes me think of Hawkwind just a bit. There is more of an industrial, techno vibe here than a pure electronica one.
Unrequited (Team Cybergeist Remix)
A second remix of one of the earlier cuts, this is more of a hard rocking tune. It’s part techno and part nu-metal. It’s a good song, but not a great one.
Trapped In Your Lies (Psyclon Nine Remix)
This is not bad. It’s just not all that special. It’s a techno meets Nu-metal type piece that is just sort “more of the same.”
To Heal
I like this tune. It’s got that same mix of nu-metal and techno music. It’s quite an accessible and effective piece.
God of Thunder (KISS cover)
This has never really been my favorite Kiss song. These guys play it fairly faithful, with it just seeming more like a slightly different flavor. It does feel too slow, though. That said, I’m not sure they’ve slowed it down. It might just be that compared to the rest of the disc, the song just plods along.
Never Let Me Down Again (DEPECHE MODE cover)
Now, this is different. I should mention that I’m definitely a fan of Depeche Mode (as I am of Kiss). I love how they’ve changed this around. They’ve made it even more electronic in some ways, yet the meaty guitar solo at the end lends more rock to it. I’d say this song, along with the Kiss song, seem to represent the two sides of this band. Those sides are represented (in greater and lesser degrees) throughout the set. This is a cool way to end the disc, that’s for sure.


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