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Here’s an LP of gothy industrial pop business from LA. Phil just asked if it was from the ‘80s and said it sounds like Skinny Puppy. In short what’s happening here is some kind of in-your-face industrial percussiveness with murky swirling synth pulses and lots of distant processed shouting.
It’s actually quite accessible if you’re into that kind of goth-industrial aesthetic. In places it’s kind of like Fear Factory sans the rock, or a more claustrophobic, less frantic Atari Teenage Riot, sometimes even like a more mechanised Selfish Cunt. Definitely more than a touch of Belgian new beat styles like Front 242 or whatever. It’s not something I’d listen to at home but if you pine for the days of Skinny Puppy and Sigue Sigue Sputnik you’ll go nuts for this I expect.
10/10 Tommy C Customer review, 13th December 2013
Youth Code are utterly refreshing. If you have drifted away from EBM in the past few years thanks to watered down, fake-neon-dreadlocked-and-goggles dance music that seems to be all that most acts want to release, this album will pull you back in. Imagine if Skinny Puppy (who most reviewers want to compare them to) recorded Dig It with modern equipment during their heaviest period of drug use while choking on broken glass and then speeding up the master tapes and you're about halfway to realising how awesome this album is. Another way to picture it would be if the best late 80s/early 90s EBM bands decided that the best thing to do was sound as scary as GG Allin acted. Stand out tracks for me are Sick Skinned (because the bass will give you a rectal prolapse (in the best possible way) and Rest In Piss (at one minute thirty-six seconds it's short enough to terrify small kids with while riding the bus). This album should be on every self-respecting industrial fan's essential/end-of-year list.
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