Dependence 2012 is one of the best samplers I have heard in the last few years, little on the best of 2012. It hosts many of the names you know and some you might have lost contact with but that you still have an inkling for, and some you might not have heard of in the past but that you will want to.
First, there is the song Pieces of Me from Radioaktivists. Portions of the song will be noticeable, the vocals especially, but also the way the lyrics tell a story that truly inspires and moves. There is something tangible there, within the melodic, and it is something I have yet to stop playing since the album dropped.
If they put out a full length LP, i'm all over it.
The preview of KMFDM's upcoming release, Amnesia, was something I was waiting for. a longtime fan, i was a little distraught when some of the former albums did not have the same press I was accustomed to feeling. Amnesia, along with another song called I heart You (which you can listen to on their site) really offer something new - or perhaps old - from them. I'm looking forward to this as well.
I was not really thrilled by Mesh's contribution here, thinking there could have been something like the Legacy release on Septic X instead of the Harder version i already have picked up here, but if you do not know Mesh or have missed this version, it is well worth it. The vocal standout here, the beauty to it, you have to try out.
Pride and Fall's Reborn was a great return from a band that I have always enjoyed. Everything from the beats to the vocals and the message inside have always drawn me in and kept me wanting more. They had me from the initial release's hello and this just shows they are preforming on the same stages.
Informatik's World of Wonder is yet another release from them on the sampler stage of singles, and i love having it. I honestly love the depth of his voice and the way he sounds. The one issue I have is that this is yet another single and I still find myself wondering about another album.
Hello - i WANT to buy it. I miss you, Din.
Seabound's The Escape; what else can you say about Seabound? Frank Spinnath is perhaps the vocalist of the decade, and the band plays on with this track. very band he is in, every one, I buy simply because of how good he is. With the Seabound sound, from lyrics with a storyline to beats that thump from ear to ear, it leaves me wanting more.
Whole Wide World, from Dismantled, is a great track. i loved the last album's and some of the singles that have followed, enjoying the direction the band has taken. Still, the man who gave me No.not.Never can also bring me slower songs to wrap inside the heavier ones, setting whatever mood he wants.
Acretongue's release within the last year was a pleasant surpise and one I really liked a lot. This track reminds me of something that continues the sound, with an electronic build and beautifully constructed lyrics and vocals that are different and that distinctiveness is great.
i love it.
Ghost and Writer's version of Fraud found here is also great. The album the original trakc came from has not grown stale yet and this track simply shows that changing up the way it plays can make me want to listen to something I've heard hundreds of times before hundreds of times more.
A credit to restructuring.
Velvet Acid Christ's Even Now was an interesting cover i was not expecting. Honestly, since the hiatus has been so long, I had grown weary of rumors and did not know what to expect. now i know this heralds something else to come later this year, and the track has me excited. It says the man with the band is still creating.
Finally, Decoded Feedback's Another Loss is also a great reminder of a band that i have been wanting something new from. I have been a fan for years and their tracks, changing sometimes and constant sometimes, have always kept me happy. Their album drops in the US in June, and this is one of the main tracks off of it.
Other bands have great songs here as well, but i'm out of room. I hate leaving out Encephalon and Skold, considering the first is one of the best releases of the last year and the second has been pretty steady. Still, it speaks volumes on the quality of this release. It isn't a sampler, it is the album some of us dream.
thank you for it.