Genghis Tron – Cloak of Love (CD)

Genghis Tron – Cloak of Love / 2005 Crucial Blast / 5 Tracks / / / Reviewed 25 March 2005

Genghis Tron is really what I thought Ed Gein should have sounded like, a bi-polar band cpable of descending into the abyss that is hardcore just as easily as they can surface with very emotive, almost atmospheric compositions. Tracks like “Rock Candy” are perfect examples of this, and are done in such a way that it is conceivable that the same band is creating such wildly different music. Genghis Tron is another band that comes through and succeeds in much the same vein as Far Rad, creating what is almost too perfect of music (in their “manic” stage), and maintaining that same perfection when their hardcore side takes dominance. What happens, in tracks like “Arms” is that all of the band’s vacillations essentially make what is a very radio-friendly song. Tracks like the hump, “Ride the Steambolt” is probably some of the best music to ever come out from the legion of bands that come out with tracks of this style (this includes The Locust, Ed Gein, An Albatross, and the like), using a theramin and rock-esque guitar to make another paradoxical track. This paradox really comes into its own right when the most intense flurry of drums to ever be captured on CD is issued from the band.

Genghis Tron by and large rides the wave into the incredibly short “Laser Bitch”, using the intense energy created by “Ride the Steambolt” to fuel their efforts in the latter section of the CD. The glitches that are incorporated into Genghis Tron’s music during” Laser Bitch” almost made me take the disc out of the player, something so real in a land that is essentially fake (in terms of drum machines and keyboards). What Genghis Tron does in under fifteen minutes is show that hardcore doesn’t have to completely suck and that acts like Steve Lieberman, however spastic they can be can have a polish and veneer to them that was lacking previously. While chances are that this album will never get the accolades it rightfully deserves, anyone who is lucky enough to stumble upon it will be present at some of the first revolutionary music of the young millennium. The spastic nature of the track son “Cloak of Love” are pretty much a roadmap to the influences that have been cultivated in each member of the band; instead of making something that is an amalgam of forty bands, they give each band a ten-second clip of influence on their disc.

Top Track: Ride The Steambolt

Rating: 8.3/10

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