[product] – Shallow Graves
Release Date: 14 January 2014
Label: Vendetta Music
All tracks written and produced by Michael Kurt.
Mastering by X-Fusion Music Production (www.x-m-p.de)
Artwork by Kallisti Design (www.kallistidesign.com)
Review by Shibari Reiss
When you think of where music begins and ends it is doubtful that Portland, Oregon is what comes to mind. But, did you know that The Kingsmen and Paul Revere and the Raiders established Oregon as a minor center of frat rock and garage rock? Over the next twenty years, Portland established itself as a hub for Punk Rock, Grunge, Alternative Rock with a strong contribution to independent music.
While Portland has become a hub for hipsters, what most people are unaware of is the Electronic and Industrial music scene that has been stomping up the nightlife.
[product] is one of those bands that hails from Portland; they have been around since 2008, when Michael Kurt left the band [injekted]. Since then, [product] has self-released the following singles and EPs: Placement; Reassignment; Drown the Horses, There’s No Tomorrow EP; as well as the full length album, …And The Connection Fails. They also opened for bands like Slick Idiot, Android Lust, and HexRx.
By 2011, [product] made their major label debut with an iTunes exclusive release of the I Hope You Choke EP on the label COP International. It received some good attention as the release featured remixes by Distorted Memory and Die Sektor’s side project Chloral One. They released a full album in 2012 called I, Omega. During that time they were able to really make a footprint in the Industrial scene and were able to open for God Module, Assemblage 23 and a few others.
In 2013, [product] made a clean break and announced they would be a free agent and left COP International. They released an EP called Awaken The Alchemist which was a little darker and a step away from the aggro and dancey music they had previously released.
It was then that [product] signed with the Colorado based Vendetta Music and released Shallow Graves. It is a Harsh EBM release which offers very danceable beats and harsh vocals.
I have heard a few songs by [product] but had never really committed to purchasing a whole album. I was not really sure with this one when the first song, “So Lost,” opened up with a barely intelligible soundbyte. But it followed with music that seemed to promise that the rest of the album would be better. It engages listener with guitars, synth and banging drums. I won’t lie; the beat definitely grabs you and entices you to move to it
There is a lot to this album; I like the fact that all of the songs are unique and do not “sound the same.” The vocals are harsh and somewhat screamy at points. But I found the music to be good and particularly liked “Carrion,” “Amaranth,” “The Blind,” and especially the Ivardensphere Remix of “We All Live.”
Shallow Graves has a lot to offer. I did like it enough to go to their Bandcamp and get their new EP, Her Ghost, which is available for only $1. I find that to be a steal as well as a good find. Do I recommend this album? You bet! While some of the vocals seem really harsh, I really enjoyed the album as a whole, and I look forward to sharing it, both in my radio shows and on my podcast.
- So Lost
- The Blind
- Call To The Moon
- Giving Water, Taking Ash
- Carrion (To The Stars)
- Voluntary Extinction
- A Symbol For Water (feat. Detroit Diesel)
- Led To Light
- We All Live
- In Shallow Graves
- We All Live (Ivardensphere Remix)
- Call To the Moon (Acylum Remix)