Commitment to Complications is the new album by Youth Code. The industrial hardcore band, who take inspiration from EBM formed in Los Angeles in 2012. Since their eponymous debut in 2013, the band have toured extensively with the likes of Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly. All that they have gained from those experiences has been poured into this LP.
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Listen to “(Armed)” and afterwards, listen to “Transitions”. Trust me, you’re supposed to -- one literally leads into the next. The first, a synth ambient pastiche, seems to momentarily forget about Youth Code completely, but it literally gets buried by “Transitions”, a garish and purposefully ugly piece of synth-sparkle punk that moves at lightning fast speed after a moment of total stillness. Also, it’s fucking hilarious: there’s no denying that Youth Code’s decision to create hardcore with electronic instruments is just really funny. It’s not inauthentic, not uninteresting, not even bad -- it’s just a shock to the system. The duo, in response to being cast as an electronic hardcore band, have decided to just be one.
‘Commitment To Complications’ sounds kinda like Circle Takes The Square if they were being produced by John Carpenter, with nasal skramz cast next to gloopy synths, shimmering programmed drums and the odd cinematic flourish. Sounds like zombies in your scene, vampires on your bill; it occasionally leans back onto the band’s more industrial tendencies as if they’re wiped out by what they’re doing. With “The Dust of Fallen Rome” being introduced at a steadier tempo with a horror-flick melody that’s, relatively speaking, a lot tamer.
The thing walks a straight line, texturally, and it’s safe to say nobody’s doing quite what Youth Code are -- at times they make the whole gimmick sound great, at others way too overbearing, and often it just sounds hilarious. For sheer audacity I’d like to give them this 7/10 and also: lol.
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