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Depeche Mode - Delta Machine (2013) - Review

Band: Depeche Mode
Album title: Delta Machine
Release date: 22 March 2013
Label: Columbia Records, Mute Records

Tracklisting:
01. Welcome To My World
02. Angel
03. Heaven
04. Secret To The End
05. My Little Universe
06. Slow
07. Broken
08. The Child Inside
09. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
10. Should Be Higher
11. Alone
12. Soothe My Soul
13. Goodbye

DM. Depeche Mode. Delta Machine. Welcome to their world!

Do you want to know to secret of staying creative, imaginative, fresh, coherent and highly enjoyable as a band through decades? Well don’t ask me, I have no idea what the secret recipe is, but Depeche Mode sure do. If you don’t believe it, then Delta Machine is here to convince you.

After 33 years and monumental albums such as Black Celebration, Violator and Songs Of Faith And Devotion, after numerous hits that have been sealed down in the history of music, Depeche Mode delivered Delta Machine – bold, fresh, consistent and mature. It’s needless to say Depeche Mode have entered their golden era in the late 80s/early 90s, but fortunately their sound didn’t diminish after reaching its peak.

Delta Machine is…. different. Especially for those who are most appealed to their snythpop era. It’s dark and bluesy, with dense electronic rhythms. The entrance into the album through "Welcome To My World" reminds of a slow, heavy pulse that is about to lead into cardiac arrest, but instead of, when it reaches the chorus, you get the feeling you’re very much alive. Electronic beats, spiced up with sexy tunes, can be romantic and sleazy at the same time. "Should Be Higher" sounds incredibly sexy and "Heaven" is the romantic anthem of the album. "Secret To The End" is filled with passion and desire, "My Little Universe" has a futuristic sound, while "The Child Inside" is meant to break hearts with its tune. "Alone" is a song that just about anyone can relate to, and "Slow" brings up a bluesy touch to it.

Everything on Delta Machine just falls into its place. The diversity of the songs and the ambient on the album is in perfect balance with the integrity of its sound. Delta Machine is a rock solid, mature electronic album and a proof Depeche Mode is not nearly done broadening their horizons on the music scene.

Review written by: Ines
Rating: 8,5/10

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Band: Ison
Album title: Cosmic Drone [EP]
Release date: 8 June 2015
Label: Self-Released

It was expected in a way that nothing else but a pure sonic beauty can came out from the two likeminded artists, Heike Langhans, known from her solo project Lorelei and as the new vocalist of the Swedish gothic/doom metal masters Draconian, and Daniel Änghede who's the main force behind electro/shoegaze/goth duo Hearts Of Black Science and member of Crippled Black Phoenix. The music of Ison is mainly inspired by drone, goth, ambient, post-rock and shoegaze, but with Heike's deep fascination towards astral planes and universe everything gains a completely new dimension. Everything flows with such ease, yet has the power to hypnotize with its dark charm and eerie atmosphere. Great compositional skills by both artists shine with a mesmerizing combination of guitars, synths and electronica where every single guitar chord, let it be acoustic or heavily distorted, every echoing pulse, cold spherical piano touch and every single beat, with all those perfectly arranged spacey synths and beautifully balanced almost ethereal vocals, all of those and yet all other elements which are only waiting to penetrate your mind are in pitch perfect symbiosis to force the listener to close eyes and submit to the world without cellphone reception or windows to tell if it´s day or night, to the location of total isolation to the outside world.

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