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BROKEN DOWN - The Other Shore - CD - Altsphere Production - 2016
The Other Shore is the second album by the one-man-band Broken Down (the artist's true identity is undisclosed). The band's declared musical direction is an experimental mix of industrial rock/metal with punk and pop music, and while we did not find it experimental (at least in the adventurous sense; technically, the music is indeed an experiment of blending beats, brief guitar riffage and electronic sounds) the rest is quite correct.
There is a good vibe to the music here, and it is one that we believe industrial metal fans might enjoy some of it. The title track, for example, will appeal to those who like White Zombie.
Broken Down's most prominent weakness is in the vocals department. The vocals fail to deliver any raw power, nor do they deliver any real beauty (and there is certainly an attempt to deliver these, as can be heard on "Scribble Your World" or "Mr SUN"). Efforts such as the punk/rap of "Alienated Music" could have actually worked, with its alternative metal rhythms and its authentic, in-your-face attitude, had only the vocals been more effective. (5/10)
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