Caustic â€“ Douche Ex Machina
Release Date: August 23rd, 2011
Review by: Tiffany Angeney
Matt Fanale has never been one to settle for just one thing. Like a kid in an ice cream shop, his eyes get all big when considering artists to work with. Somewhat controversial (his lyrics are generally considered shocking, if humorous) his career as a musician began in 2002 when he started Caustic (the band name being the only suggestion his then girlfriend, now wife, liked) and he enjoys bringing in other musicians to collaborate and perform live with. Over the past nine years, he has released eight albums and EPs on Crunch Pod, independently himself and now on Metropolis Records. His latest album, The Golden Vagina of Fame and Profit, was even the top seller on Metropolis Mail Order for a time this past spring. But now, having gotten beyond the kid in the ice cream shop salivating, Matt Fanale chose twenty-two artist to rework some of his songs for the digital only release Douche Ex Machina remix album.
Douche Ex Machina opens with â€œBad Habits (Pull Out Kings Remix)â€. This is a very strong start for a remix. While the original is minimal with an almost hip-hop backing beat, the remix is very strong in its electro feel. Driving House beats, glitching vocals and pulsating techno blips take a song youâ€™d play at home (alone), to a driving club song. â€œShrapnel Condition (Mangadrive Mix)â€ I feel is a little to happy for a Caustic album. While the remix itself is not bad there is this repetitive high pitched beat that pulsates through the song that drives me mad and makes me feel Iâ€™m at a rave. The song canâ€™t seem to decide if itâ€™s rave or industrial. While not bad, itâ€™s definitely not a favorite. â€œPiss and Vinegar (Delta 9 Mix)â€ is pure dirty decadence. I have a deep love for Dave and almost died when I saw he did a remix. Its doesnâ€™t disappoint. Gritty metallic scratches and glitches permeate through the song and droning Hardcore Beats pound into your very soul.
â€œSaint of Fuck-Ups (CTRLSHFT Mix)â€ is next. Ctrlshft takes this song to a whole new level. While the original is droning and ominous, the remix reminds me of something you would hear in a motion picture action movie. Frantic rhythms and the almost Sci-Fi sounding drones of synths resound through the track. Itâ€™s pure genius and possibly one of my favorite remixes. â€œBueno Excellente (Null Device Mix)â€ made me giggle so hard I was crying. This is the most ORIGINAL remix on this album and is by far the most epic song I have heard in months. Null Device has completely stripped this song of any formatting Caustic had what so ever and built this rhythmic Spanish style song. While it sounds like it should have no place on the album with its styling it fits in so well. I canâ€™t help but think if Comic Books could have music built into them this would be the theme song for my beloved DC comicâ€™s â€œBueno Excellenteâ€. â€œChewing Glass at the Zoo (Lexincrypt Mix)â€ is your typical industrial sounding remix. Repetitive synth beats and prominent cymbal crashes make the song seem to drone on.
â€œMeat Market Carnivore (Terrorfakt Mix)â€ has to be one of my favorite remixes. I have an extreme love for the movie Malice and an undying love for TerrorFakt. While the original is simple and lends well to the sound clips, the remix is a distorted grimy mess of noise, scratches and overall industrial yumminess.
â€œPiss and Vinegar (Bret Calder Mix)â€ was a tad disappointing for me. I feel the bass got overpowered by the harsh guitars. I love Bret as a Bassist and I really wish his bass had been more prominent in the song.
â€œShrapnel Condition (Interface Mix)â€ sounds like it would fit in perfectly to a Sci-Fi action movie. . Electro beats expand and contract throughout the song giving the listener a feeling of fluid forward motion.
â€œAppetite for Distraction (Captive Six Mix)â€ is next. Let me just start by saying how much I adore Captive Six. GOT IT? All right. Good. Ben Arp strips the electronic beats and add his signature IDM (Intelligent dance music ) touch to an already amazing song. I was literally dancing at my keyboard while listening to this. What I love is upon first listen you really couldnâ€™t be sure if this was a Caustic song, or a song by Captive Six. Thatâ€™s pure remixing talent right there folks. Give this song a listen. It will pleasure your ears.
â€œBad Habits (Synapscape Mix)â€ is a confusing amazing mess. Iâ€™m really not sure what genre this would fall under. Seemingly hip-hop beats pulse under a very video game inspired loop. I like this song, but itâ€™s very odd. â€œSaint of Fuck-Ups (Sinsect Mix)â€ is next. Sinsect has completely destroyed the structure of this song, and thrown in bleeding guitar riffs and drum and bass. I love originality of this remix. The guitars lend well to Mattâ€™s voice and the Vox that has been thrown into the song. â€œPiss and Vinegar (Lucidstatic Mix)â€ features prominent break-core stylings. LISTEN TO THIS. If this is the ONLY song you buy please make it this one. I have not heard a remix lend so well to Caustics styling.
â€œBueno Excellente (Prometheus Burning Mix)â€ is next. I lied. I think my beloved Comic Character would have TWO intros. This song reminds me a tad bit of Wumpscutâ€™s â€œKriegâ€. Sonar pulses over grinding synth rythms blend into a beautiful chaotic mess. This song is pure utter Harsh Industrial. Itâ€™s dirty, fast and makes you want to stomp. I love it. I found myself listening to it on repeat for almost 30 minutes. Good job boys. â€ Fail Better (16volt Mix)â€ took me by surprise. I have to admit I was a little nervous when I saw that 16volt was doing a remix but they did an amazing job. Trippy beats and prominent drums lend well to Matt Finaleâ€™s vocal styling.
â€œSaint of Fuck-Ups (Function13 Mix)â€ has become my new favorite addiction. This is dance music at its best and is a beautiful tribute to Caustic. If this doesnâ€™t get played at clubs I will be shocked. Electronic and Techno elements phase in and out and play a beautiful game with Mattâ€™s growling vocals. This song literally had me dancing in my chair the whole entire time it played. This is a Wonderful remix and well worth a listen. â€œBad Habits (The Qualia Mix)â€ would lend itself wonderfully to the Grindhouse movie industry. A little dirty and a little cheeky itâ€™s a wonderful break to the prominent electronic feel of the album.
â€œI to ID (Wyatt Agard Mix)â€ is next. Wyatt strips down the song and add trace elements of house and drum and bass. I have to say I enjoyed this. â€œPiss and Vinegar (Deconbrio Mix)â€ sounds like something out a fucked up metal type video game. Screaming guitars, trash drums and glitching vocals make this a wonderful mass of metaly goodness. â€œChewing Glass at the Zoo (ThouShaltNot Mix)â€ is a hard song to describe. While featuring metallic pulses and glitches it also has a delicious almost gypsy vibe to it. A haunting accordion whines out a melody over the static transmission off a broken machine. Then the two styles blend into a wonderful mess of almost trance like peace.
â€œI Will Swallow (Unreleased)â€ makes me want to do the robot. Droning repetitive beats are featured over what seems to be a drum machine. While I love the song I think it needs a little more noise. Itâ€™s clean, a little too clean, but thatâ€™s how Caustic is! â€œAltered Ego 2 (Vasculator vs. Caustic)â€ closes out the album. I couldnâ€™t find much out about Vasculator but I see why Caustic chose him. This is a delightfully dark and haunting song. Very much how I envision the fall of man and the chaos of a post apocalyptic society would sound.
This album is far better than I could have ever hoped for. Itâ€™s clear Matt took his time in picking the artists to remix his songs, and I feel he did a very good job at doing so. Every artist on this album has given Caustic the respect he deserves. It must be hard to remix his music so props to all the bands on this!
Buy this album. It will fuck your brain senseless and leave you writhing on the floor begging for more.
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