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Deflore - Egodrive

Darker industry - 80%

MikeyC, December 23rd, 2015

Three years after their debut album Human Indu[B]strial made absolutely no waves in the metal scene, they come out with their second full-length Egodrive, which is essentially a continuation of the industrial instrumental metal they deployed on the debut. The handful of fans that liked Human Indu[B]strial should find plenty of enjoyment here, even though this one takes a bit of a turn into darker territory.

Deflore have kept up the dichotomy of rock/metal industrial sections with the lighter/ambient moments, showing the dynamic nature of the music, while also keeping in with their theme of plodding, grooving industry. This is highlighted by the use of their instruments. The guitars play very monotone riffs, and the bass guitar is very well heard throughout the album, almost leaving the guitars as a back-up role rather than the main act. The drumming is once again programmed, allowing for the use of different sounds to maintain the industrial tone of Egodrive, and with the different noises and synth work and samples to complement it, it all turns into a completed jigsaw puzzle of industrialised brilliance.

The songs themselves do appear to be a little darker in nature. By that, I mean there’s a significant sense of foreboding, of gloom and grey coming from these songs. Tracks like “Servo” and “No Air” have a haunting melody that really encapsulates that feel, and the songs are not quite as upbeat as they may have been on their other albums. In contrast, “Il Techno Re” is more of a robotic view of the future, at least from my interpretation, with its long, sustained riff bringing to mind apocalyptic visions of a world in chaos before its short, melodic end meaning the end of humanity has arrived. It’s an overblown description of a song, I get that, but these songs have a little more darkness in their aura.

I would say that this album is a lot more blatantly industrial than the last one, if that’s even possible. The songs are probably less accessible and would be more geared towards those that enjoyed the last album, but prefer their industrial metal to be a little more serious. They have achieved that here. Stylistically, the songs are not so different to the debut, maintaining that mid-paced rocking, grooving dirge they are known for, but here it brings with it an ominous mindset. Excellent work again, Deflore.