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Zeistencroix – Music News |

Independent (label)

02 November 2017 (released)

16 h

Industrial music began its life as the demon spawn of synthpop and heavy metal. The sounds of grinding gears and banging anvils gave metal players another way to be heavy while those same clanging elements were able to give synthpop artists an added layer of gravitas to explain their increasingly emotionally turbulent situations. Back then, the art form was just the purview of the insular, black-clad gothic community. Soon, popular artists would start to pick up on it and incorporate elements into their work. David Bowie’s nineties output is majorly informed by the genre, spreading its soundscape to a much larger audience. Meanwhile, bands like Nine Inch Nails were slowly cracking into the cultural zeitgeist with dance hits that turned heads like a scandalous dirty secret. Fast forward to today and we don’t realize that the genre’s influence is everywhere. Listen to a modern movie score, the fingerprints of industrial music are all over it. Listen to hip-hop albums, some of Jay-Z and Kanye’s biggest hits have ‘industrial’ written all over them. Trent Reznor has a fucking Grammy for christ sake. Industrial has become a part of modern music’s DNA.

Gemini, the latest EP from Venezuelan-born, Los Angeles based industrial crossover artist Orlando Draven takes us on a tour of sorts of the history of industrial music over the past 30 years. From the incursions the industrial sound has made into alternative pop-rock since the mid-nineties to the ripping breakneck speed metal influenced stuff of the eighties, the short five-song EP covers a lot of ground. Under the pseudonym, Zeistencroix, Draven along with British producer Tim Palmer (U2, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, David Bowie’s Tin Machine) and American producer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, WASP, Six Feet Under) have crafted a compelling EP of tracks…

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