XP8 – The Art Of Revenge CD
"The guys from XP8 have long been no strangers and now present their third album with “The Art Of Revenge” and the successor to the successful album “Hrs: Min: Sec”. “Hrs: Min: Sec” and the remix album “Re-Productions” were convincing records, but the duo from Italy goes a step further with “The Art Of Revenge”.
The album fires off right away with “Juggernaut” and the opener hints at what is on the program for the remaining 11 songs. Fat, throbbing electronic beats, which however tend more towards Techno Industrial than EBM - probably also called TBM ("Techo Body Music") in the new fashions. Electronically dense arrangements, countless sound games and speech samples characterize the sound in the further course. "Our Time" and "Download Me" also delight with nice melodies, "Your Nature" also cracks a lot and reminds a little of Stephan Groth from APOPTYGMA BERZERK through the vocals.
In this manner it goes on until the last song, especially tracks like “Ready2Go” and “The Art Of Revenge” are bursting with energy, the latter also gains this through the interplay of driving rhythms and spherical sound surfaces. In between times the energy regulator is turned down a bit, for example with the slower “ICE”, which through the use of guitars and the somewhat tortured vocals promptly embodies one of the few weaker songs. Then I prefer the relaxed and vocoder-free “Waiting” or the diversely orchestrated “New Self” at the end of the album.
"The Art Of Revenge" leaves a consistently positive impression and is therefore to be classified as "recommendable" for both "home use" and in terms of "club suitability"." - Metal.de