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Exemia – Cryptobiosis – review

Updated: 15 March, 2016 Created: 14 March, 2016 By:Adalbert Category: News|Reviews
Many dark electro albums are issued these days, and it’s harder and harder to get the listener’s attention. However, not all artists care about that, and Exemia is the case. I know the project since one year or something, but must admit I missed the premiere of the new effort of Fabián Morelos Aldana who is the man behind Exemia. In fact the project releases albums since 2008 without any contract or even physical releases (you can get everything via bandcamp), so I guess Exemia is done by someone who really loves to create music, and doesn’t care much about its reception. However some of such acts should be noticed. Especially “Cryptobiosis”, the new album of Exemia deserves attention.

Listen to the whole album at https://exemia.bandcamp.com/album/cryptobiosis

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What is different between the previous efforts and “Cryptobiosis” are the vocals. Previously Exemia was doing rather industrial rave, but now you get regular (well, if we could such adjective to this kind of music) songs. I have nothing against instrumental tracks, but I must admit Fabián has done vocals in a great way – I haven’t heard so sick vocals in dark electro for many years.

The first song, “Discraced” is enough to attach the listener’s attention because of it great, fat bassline (which merges trance with EBM), some really scary pads and samples, agrresive vocals and really good songwriting. The atmosphere is very thick, and this anger which is trademark of the genre is very authentic.

The atmosphere is very thick, and this anger which is trademark of the genre is very authentic

And what’s pretty good, the lyrics are as strong as music, so just give them a try. I know it’s hard to do that after so many uninspired verses cried uot by so many dark electro  artists. When Fabian is shouting about  “demonized national schizophrenia roaming the streets with a lust for blood” it sounds really convincing.

Next song “Ruido en el cielo” returns to the patterns that were already present in the previous efforts of Exemia – the hardcore/rave/techno beats and samples are devastating your ears for almost one minute when… grindocre vocals enter and the thought about genericness of the track fades away. What’s that? Some kind of dark/rave/industrial/whatever Napalm Death or Brujeria? I don’t rally care about the moniker here, since this strange mixture (enriched with some oldschool 8-bit synths in the chorus!) works just perfectly great.

 

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