About Fabryka IR&M Encyclopedia
Latest reviews
Jump to
Home > All articles > BETTY X > Betty X [reviews]
Betty X [reviews]
Memoirs of a Pain Junkie |2006, Anti-Social Records|

1. Necrotic, 2. Chainsaw, 3. Bloodworm, 4. Ultraviolence, 5. Shoot'em Up, 6. Bleed, 7. The Snake Pit, 8. Ossuary 13, 9. Pain Junkie

Betty X is a Seattle based project kept active by its founder Zoe Kaylor, known previously from Salon Betty, but also her guest appearances with Pigface and Sheep On Drugs (on their 'Machine Sex' CD).

This album takes an important place in a list of all time industrial metal albums. There's a significant influence of Ministry coming out of guitar riffs mostly. For instance "Snakepit" sounds to me as the best song on the album thanks to looped guitars fusion, some Turkish or Arabian-like melodies in the background, aggressive vocals or just several of spoken lyrics interlaced. Plus a simple and intensive beat. What more do you need to enjoy an industrial metal orientated album? Well, Betty X offers more, however the rest of the songs aren't that much simple like that one.
It should be mentioned there's a guest appearance of Martin Atkins (Pigface) in "Shoot'em U"p remix as well as Chris Seibold on guitars, a founder of an industrial rock act Hate Dept. and a member of Pigface for a while too. Dynamics of the song brings a trace of their works the best and so the fans of Atkins' projects will easily recognize who worked over this track.

The title song Pain Junkie based on aggressive guitar riffs and seemingly Betty X leader's biographic entries sounds really good to me as well. It's very dynamic and predatory.
Other songs are a mixture of different music styles, mostly industrial metal and digital hardcore. There are some bands coming on my mind while listening to "Ultraviolence", Bleed, Necrotic so if you want me to compare there are Rabbit Junk and Cyanotic for the most part.

Betty X has followed a refreshed version of industrial metal style, still based on low tuned and predatory guitar riffs with dynamical drum beats but also some other sound influences grabbed from let's say digital hardcore, punk or new wave music.
Zoe's vocals happens swashbuckling that's why reminds me Merrill Nisker's from Peaches or Lucia Cifarelli's (KMFDM) voices sometime.
Zoe is one of those not many female vocalists who makes a use of her voice effectively for this heavy but still industrialized music.

The newest CD by Betty X with a working title 'Religious Reich' is planned for 2009 so that it may be yet another interesting release of the band. Betty X has been seemingly evolving with every new album. Fabryka is looking forward to the new one! ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)

Official | Discogs
Legal notices, copyright
Search in the magazine
Fabryka is hosted by
Varicella - Dead is Better
All reviews
Short music reviews part 1
Short music reviews part 2
All interviews
Short movie reviews
About Fabryka Magazine
What's industrial rock?
Quick encyclopedia
Industrial manifestos pdf
Podcast archives
News archives by year
Article archives by year
All article archives
Legal music
Fabryka promo events
Draconina's art on Deviantart
Fire Dragon's Gemstones
Drakonia Tarot
New and updated articles
[non-industrial] Gianluca John Attanasio - Beyond2Doors
Elitefitrea - Lethe [review]
[Non-industrial] Nine Plan Failed - Father, Father
Ghost in the Machine [reviews]
[non-industrial] Bruno Pittelli - Angels Without Wings
Spookshow inc. [reviews]
Retaliate of Anger - Final Echo

Detailed single song review + publishing
Detailed album review + publishing


Promotional interview + publishing
Legal mp3
Links and Encyclopedia
Content (open)
Keywords (open)
Follow us: Tumblr | Blogger | Deviantart

Design created by Look | Coded by eWe | Modified by Draconina. Theme by GFXpixel.info modified by Draconina | Social icons by Fatcow, Icondock, PR. Lloyd and Draconina.

13,117,533 unique visits

Powered by PHP-Fusion copyright © 2002 - 2023 by Nick Jones.
Released as free software without warranties under GNU Affero GPL v3.