distance prefix - the twilight interlude

Released: March 15

The amount of variety on this latest offering from distance prefix is very impressive. Through the thirteen track runtime, we get touches of all kinds of moods with some being subdued, emotive, introspective and others bringing a pounding industrial mood that punctuates the softer moments. It's slightly jarring at times, the way things switch up but each tracks makes itself welcome, either through enticement or by force. The opening track that bears the same name as the album gives us a bit of the former with an elegant piano line and firm but still enchanting drums with just the right touch of reverb on them while the second introduces us to the first bit of the latter with a seemingly Nine Inch Nails inspired industrial named "Perpetual Hate Machine." This kind of juxtaposition carries on throughout the album and it is captivating. 

Even with the harsher tracks, not all are quite so abrasive and in your face. Later on we get "Tachyons," a slow and some what sinister track that eschews that heavy drum beats in favor of a seething bit of noise playing over and eerie pad sound, giving us something that is still quite industrial but not so rambunctious. This leads into another track that really stood out to me, "Death Cult Messiah." I particularly loved this track because it really seemed to call back to the original Resident Evil (the only one of those movies worth watching) movie score with it's slow beat and menacing tones. It gets even better at the end when that slow and seething mood picks up its pace into something that almost has a jungle but still industrial vibe. This vibe comes back in a few other tracks like the slow but intense grind that is "Full Measure."

The whole album is a great listen and I think the biggest reason is the almost effortless genre-blending that encapsulates moods and times in industrial music. Much of what is so great about the industrial side of this album is it's calling back to the earlier decades of industrial music, notably in its more cinematic forms. It channels much of that sci-fi horror of the early 2000s and even parts of the 90s so well and then makes the smart artistic decision to counterpoise those aggressive moments with much more subdued and sometimes even sweeter moments.  


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