Review by: Side-Line Reviews
Controversial – Second Genesis (CD Album – Controversial)
Genre/Influences: Industrial-metal, doom, crossover.
Background/Info: Controversial is a Belgian solo-project set up by Bart Coninckx. The guy has been involved in music for several years, but started with Controversial only a few years ago. This self-debut album featured thirteen songs plus two remixes.
Content: The influences and style of Controversial quickly comes through. Bart Coninckx is clearly driven by the sonic legacy of bands such as Ministry, KMFDM and Klute (to name a few). There’s a constant mix of industrial guitar riffs and electronics. From time to time a short guitar solo emerges from the repetitive loops. The tracks are also characterized by the use of spoken movie samplings while the vocals appear to be rudimentary.
+ + + : Controversial is not exactly innovating, but has accomplished an honest work. The industrial guitar riffs have been put into loops, creating a menacing sphere reinforced by a linear rhythms and achieved with electronics. I prefer the more elaborate songs where extra guitar and more explicit electro treatments have been added. Controversial didn’t spare any effort to catch the attention and I say this for the professional artwork of this digipak, and also for featuring Die Krupps and Leather strip as remixers. Claus Larsen did a great job although adding his own voice to the song, which more sounds like a remix by Klute instead of Leather Strip.
- - - : A few songs could have been more worked out. The numerous samplings are cool, but a bit more vocals would be an interesting aspect to consider.
Conclusion: This album is an honest debut so let’s keep an eye on Controversial!
Best songs: “Take Command”, “Wolf Or Sheep”, “Suffering Unseen”, “Violence”, “Take Command – Leather Strip Remix”.