Released off label 2015
Back in November upcoming dark electro duo Maryhell and Angie Vhelena otherwise known for their stage name M.O.D. released their four track EP "Broken Machinery". This dark electro banger is a solid mix of experimental electronic music and pure cybergothic beats. The ever enraging couple avoid stereotypes of the genre while engaging their fans with not so ordinary rhythms and aural attacks. Combined with their own talent, four other remixes are attached to the EP. They are less an extension to the EP and more that of artwork.
'Broken Machinery' alas is a base principle in the dark electro genre. While it was well done and the sparks of noise were noted, the song itself was rather plain to myself. However, I did appreciate the none too distorted or digitally effected vocals which is a lovely change for dark electro music. Maryhell's voice is vicious and nasty and spouts out the lyrical content with ease.
'Ready Go And Try' was appreciated, however, as a cleaner sound emerged with renewed energy and excitement. It was 'Crabby Scary Mind' that really put the EP to a high point. The song is a jumble of hardcore elements and dark electro overtones. Each thumping pulse of bass was absolutely ecstatic, and this track was grand. If there is any direction M.O.D. should pursue it should be this one. The final song 'Without Regrets' was decent and had a much faster pace, but was sort of a let down from the giant power vacuum left off from 'Crabby Scary Mind'.
At the end of 'Without Regrets' is where the remix section began. Just to reiterate, these four remixes do not feel like conventional end of the EP add on bonuses, but rather matured products of dedicated artists. Each remix is of the title track and single 'Broken Machinery' which is rather dull, but each remix is still superb.
Electronica band TEMPLEzONE influenced the track to an industrial metal course, inputting heavy guitars in the mix. Maryhell's ever savage chords fit well within this realm. Harsh EBM act FIrst Black Pope also delivered well on the EP, ferociously kicking up the beat and emphasizing wonderful synth lines. IDM and noise act ARTCORE MACHINE put in a rhythmic noise touch to the song, exorcising most other elements from the track. It was another addition that was well done. Lastly, the bloody industrial Ira-k Organisation put a muddy twist on the track and made the experimental electronics even more unorthodox. But, the more unconventional, the better.
Now, from what I know, M.O.D. is currently looking for a label to sign with. If this EP doesn't convince at least someone to sign them somewhere then I think there is a malicious spirit out there in the vastness of space working against these two in a Lovecraftian manner.
You can purchase this EP from M.O.D.'s bandcamp in both physical and digital formats for a pretty cheap price, so go check it out.