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Excessive Force [reviews]
Conquer Your World |WaxTrax!, 1991|

1. Conquer Your House II, 2. Conquer Your World, 3. Blow Your House Down, 4. To Death II, 5. Ride the Bomb, 6. We Like War, 7. Worship Me, 8. Finger on the Trigger, 9. Conquer Your House III, 10. Conquer Your House, 11. To Death, 12. Stupid Man

Excessive Force (XF) is the sideproject by Sascha of KMFDM and Buzz of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Relying on the industrial funk roots of Buzz and the industrial metal roots of Sascha, XF's first full-length album — titled Conquer Your World — proves to be a noteworthy addition to the entire industrial subgenre world.

It should be no secret that both Buzz and Sascha's expertise is industrial music. Grab those two geniuses to create one project, and all hell breaks lose. Originally thought of when both men collaborated on the Naďve/The Days of Swine and Roses single earlier in 1990, Conquer Your World displays the skills of the two even further. Fueled by impressive guitar riffs ("Ride the Bomb" features an eerie tone while "Finger on the Trigger" features a headbanging riff), unique samples ("We Like War" has propaganda-like samples while "Conquer Your House 3" has various electronic samples that help flow the song), and interesting lyrics, the album is definitely a breath of fresh air.

As just said, the album has interesting lyrics. To further explain that, most are assumed as anti-religious. Even though sarcasm and irony exists within the lyrics, the points get overlooked at times. "It is our responsibility as Christians to survive the coming hard times. Thank you Jesus" and "I hate God. I don't need no God. I make my own fucking destiny. Religion is fucking stupid" are some examples. The lyrical ability of Sascha and Buzz suit the unique tone of the album.

Judging from some of the song times (both "Conquer Your House" and "We Like War" clock in at almost 7 minutes each), it may seem like the album is a long drag. But in actuality, it's not. The guitar riffs, unique samples, and interesting lyrics (all previously mentioned) continue to make the songs interesting. This is reminiscent of the Naďve/The Days of Swine and Roses single from 1990: The two songs featured on that release were about 10 minutes each, and never got dull.

Excessive Force is a sideproject that should not be ignored. Both Sascha and Buzz's abilities have created an album that's new to the industrial music scene, and it's good. Damn good. (Xenerki)

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