Archive for January, 2013

Review: Kant Kino – Father Worked In Industry

Posted in Review with tags on January 24, 2013 by softsynth

Norway’s Kant Kino are one of those harder-edged EBM bands that have grown stronger and more confident with each new project they take on. Father Worked in Industry is the culmination of the path they set out on with their debut, and they’ve arrived at an awfully good place.

Now let it not be said that Softsynth doesn’t enjoy loud, aggro, bone-shattering industrial in its time and place. There are those moments when one needs to just bliss out with some therapeutic Noise. But as a rule we like our harder-edged bands to also have an ear for melody. The Softsynth sweet spot remains that band that captures an anger and an energy but remembers that music should move the body as much as the soul. Kant Kino have in the past, not always fallen on the right side of that line but Father Worked in Industry not only captures that elusive place but does so in the making of what could fairly be described as a genre-classic. Continue reading

Three artists we’re digging this week

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on January 23, 2013 by softsynth

Our latest entry in this series looks at one new emerging artist and two albums we wish we had caught earlier.

As we’ve written in the past, as closely as we watch the scene there are a number of albums that slip past our radar and it isn’t until (sometimes much) later when we finally stumble across them.  Continue reading