Thursday 15 January 2015

Review: Ogenix – '01' / 'Biotech Is Godzilla'

'01' / 'Biotech Is Godzilla'

Quebec-based electro metal quintet Ogenix return with their first full-length album. The band's 2013 self-titled EP was a statement of intent that blended hard and fast guitars, hardcore vocals and layers of synthesizers that recalled acts such as Fear Factory, Sepultura, Hatebreed and Rammstein. Now the band's next step, '01' looks to solidify their sound and spread their name amongst industrial metal fans.

The band are utterly relentless in their assault as they tear through the ten tracks on the album. It is a short sharp attack with few pauses for breath. The sheer ferocity can be a lot to process, but this time around the band break up the track list with some short interludes/extended intros such as 'Inquisition','Atheist Song', and 'The Fall' that round things out and add a different dimension to the band's formula that only serves to add fuel to their fire.

Tracks such as 'The End', 'Robotic Pestilence', 'Cult', 'Fire', and 'Decay' are all wonderfully heavy songs that blend the relentless pace of thrash metal with the subtle grooves of hardcore punk. It's fists and glow sticks in the air music that will undoubtedly find a willing crossover audience. At only 28-minutes in total it is an album that doesn't outstay its welcome, but still manages to smash a bunch of shit before it leaves.

The production is pretty solid as well. The layers of synthesizers remain distinct from the ferocious guitars and big vocals that make up the bulk of the songs. It is a big leap forward from the sheer din of decibels on their previous EP.

The band have also released a free single of the 'Chaos A.D.' era Sepultura classic 'Biotech Is Godzilla', which couldn't be more fitting. The band's hardcore/thrash style mirrors the ferocity of the original , while their industrial elements add that much needed electronic element to put the technology into Godzilla's biotech.

After a promising but flawed EP, this is the album that Ogenix needed to make. It's big, its brutal, its memorable, and there's a great free cover track as well. Industrial rock and metal seems to be on the upswing again, and there is no reason why, with the right backing, Ogenix couldn't become a well known name.

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