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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant +,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Castles - 'III',
This review is from: (III) (Audio CD)By the time III's first track Plague climaxes, shuddering through a cacophony of witch-house synths and abrasive shrieks, it's clear that Crystal Castles mean business. Recorded in Warsaw, the third album from Ethan Kath and Alice Glass is influenced by Glass's proclamations of being "one step away from a vigilante". Over just 12 tracks - not an ounce of fat here - the duo tackle dystopic trance beats (Sad Eyes), eerie electronics (Pale Flesh, Insulin) and minimal, tender moments that pack a surprising punch (Child I Will Hurt You). Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SWITCH TO ANALOGUE WORKS FINE FOR CRYSTAL CASTLES,
In fact the whole album doesn't stray too far from Crystal Castles signature sound of their first two albums. "Pale Flesh" features a Beastie Boys style beat throughout the track as Alice Glass alternates between shrieking and singing. "Sad Eyes" has a big disco beat that is meant to be played loud. The track "Insulin" which at less than two minutes long is the shortest track on the album and sounds like it has been mixed in a blender and then played backwards; if it were anybody but Crystal castles it would sound strange. There's even the beauty of Alice's vocals on album closer "Child I will Hurt You".
If you are familiar with Crystal castles first two albums then you will know what to expect from their third album which is a lot of big pounding beats, lots of noise and some shrieking vocals. So it's business as usual from one of the most exciting electronic bands out there at the moment. At band that really have to be seen live to truly appreciate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Dark - best of 2012,
This review is from: (III) (Audio CD)On (III), Crystal Castles go for a darker, more refined sound, creating an extremely good album.
Plague - The first release from (III), dark and progressive with a grinding bass. 9/10
Kerosene - With a strong bassline and a combination of high pitched vocals and high pressure,dry, jagged synths, plus one my favourite synth riffs of 2012, this is my pick of the album. Perfect song. 10/10
Wrath Of God - Opening with warm but sombre layered synths, the track explodes into an apocalyptic chorus, featuring icy chords and distorted vocals. Bleak,sinister and excellent. 10/10
Affection - Drenched in reverb, Alice's vocals drift across the sprightly instrumental on this chilled out track. 7/10
Pale Flesh - A minimal, jittery synth line is hit with vocals dripping with pain. Dark & emotive. 9/10
Sad Eyes - Pulsing, sorrow tinged dance track. Most commercial song on the album. Melancholic. 8/10
Insulin - Opens with 80s horror synths, before breaking into crackling menacing distorted basslines and shouty vocals. 7/10
Transgender - Eerie and haunting dance-tinged track with echoing vocals. Pleasant. 8/10
Violent Youth - An upbeat electro song featuring chunky bass synth lines and simple but memorable melodies. 8/10
Telepath - Uplifiting electro-dance track, one of the best on the album. Happiest track on the album. Every chord & note is perfectly chosen. 10/10
Mercenary - One of the more experimental tracks on here, has a spiritual vibe to it. Interesting string-like synth riffs. 8/10
Child I Will Hurt You - Mystical, beautiful closing track. Twinkling instrumental complimented by angelic vocals. Sounds festive. 9/10
This is the perfect dark electro album. Everything about it fits together perfectly, the variety of soundscapes created, the song titles, the visuals, all create an intriguing atmosphere.
As my favourite release of 2012, this is a must have album!
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice direction!,
This review is from: (III) (Audio CD)On their third album CC takes more organic approach to their music. Synths are still present, but rugged 8-bit soundscape has subsided and more softer and emotional sounds takes space.
5.0 out of 5 stars ¡CC la rompe!,
This review is from: (III) (Audio CD)Es el mejor disco que he comprado en todo el año, no puedo describir lo genial que son... Y esa capacidad siempre va llenarme de expectaciones próximas. Tengo que agradecer a alguien que me introdujo con la banda...[Haku]
Keep on Rocking bro'
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album of 2012, hands down!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better and better,
Just simply great.
5.0 out of 5 stars CC III,
This review is from: (III) (Audio CD)Crystal Castles III was a fantastic album which is ever so different to their second album, which was ever so different to their first album. Every track is sublime, and are unique. Best tracks on the album are the ethereal "Child I Will Hurt You" and "Pale Flesh".
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album yet!,
This review is from: (III) (Audio CD)(iii) is definitely crystal castles most exciting and meaningful album yet. There is definitely an influence from the middle east (as shown on the album cover) showing that crystal castles are more than just a group that makes great music.
The only downside I can give to this album is pretty short, probably because most of the tracks are pretty short. Only two of the tracks on this album last for 4mins. On (ii), there are 7 tracks that last for over 4mins.
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