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Psychic Warfare |Promonium Jesters, 2008|

1. Futurekill, 2. Project XJYPT, 3. Noosphere Sentinals, 4. For Your Protection, 5. Soft Targets, 6. Send Us Your Thoughts


The album begins with Futurekill introducing us to a variety of dark sounds then evolving into a dynamic, guitar and beats driven song. The lyrics are yelled, filtered through a distortion unit and a quick rhythm reminds Skinny Puppy's music. I've never been a fan of them that much because I found their songs either too simple or too chaotic with nothing between. Promonium Jesters outstripped this limitation when enriched their own vibe with layered compositions while the bass and guitars put a harmony to them.

Project XJYPT also seems to be inspired by Skinny Puppy's music but also Frontline Assembly's stuff, yet another influencing band from Canada. The musicians of Promonium Jesters are the Canadians as well so this analogy isn't accidental. Multitude of bands coming from Vancouver area made a mark on industrial music history, so possible Promonium team may share the same lot.

Industrial tunes are mixed with coldwave and even the darker side of the 80s new romantic style on this album. This impression comes unquestionably after listening to a GENIUS composition Noosphere Sentinals. Clear association to The Dense Society's music comes almost automatically on my mind. All what happens in this track will tug at heartstrings of those of you who grew up on the 80s dark electronic music. There's even the percussion beat intentionally made to sound like if recorded 20 years ago with a dirty, almost mono tune. The same about guitars and keyboards with a difference to the samples in the background which sound modern. Add a deep gloomy bassline which you could know from The Sisters of Mercy albums as well as some guitar riffs like in 'Just Like You Imagined' by Nine Inch Nails and a feast of background sounds so there you'll have all of Noosphere Sentinals.

I swear I haven't heard anything so well arranged and composed what penetrates and stimulates all of the senses for a very long time. It's a pity the song can't flow forever.
The following track For Your Protection is also kept in Skinny Puppy's vibe however with heavier guitar riffs and a bit of hip-hop rhythm.

Soft Targets song brings domination of guitar and sampling, screamed vocals with some bio-mechanical sounds in the background as well. The guitar riff comes out somewhere in the middle of the song in a cloud of controlled chaos made on samplers. The end of the track surprises with an atmosphere thinning out and there's only a light riff left with the samples. Then the working machine continues its motion suddenly.

The last composition on the album called Send Us Your Thoughts is a suite enriched with a variety of radio waves and some other noises possibly coming from the outer space. There's also a little lost and looped guitar riff bringing an association to those used in King Crimson's albums. Then the riff gets heavier and replaced with some futuristic machine sound.

The samples made by Promonium Jesters are the highest quality stuff bringing interesting associations and waking up the listener's imagination. One of the sounds replaces the other so the leitmotif continues that way.

This is what Psychic Warfare is - amazing release with all of its creative arrangements professionally mastered, soon ready to be sold and shipped hopefully. Not many of industrial music releases lived up my imagination so much, as well as not many industrial-ambient based tracks, theoretically made to loosen up one's imagination, kept my interest for a longer time. This is why I do recommend another album of this band called "Your Face" and I'm sure no one would be disappointed with the tunes of this not new but seemingly still undiscovered band hailing from Canada.

(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)
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