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Bellum Musicae: Epoch - Purity & Revolution

I tend to say that Epoch's full-length debut "Purity & Revolution" is some kind of Duke Nukem of Industrial music. The very first Epoch release dates back to 1993, then another lifesign in '95 and that's it. Finito. I haven't heard these releases so far but after almost 20 (!) years of silence, this project seems to be alive and kicking again.

The whole thing comes in a nice foldout digi-wallet, lightscribe printed CD (No CDr stuff with stickers on it... thankfully!). I only have the normal version of this CD so I can't say anything about the postcards.

"Purity & Revolution" starts with "W.T.O.", a track that is preseting the target of march. Halfway. But step by step.
Being one of the few Military EBM projects (Ok, there is only one album at the moment but whatever...) I enjoy, Epoch manage to combine music that sticks to your mind with great melodies and the use of recent speech samples instead of the same old Italian or German marching song again and again and again... Anyway, the whole thing has a pretty conceptual spin - a world in a social, economical and cultural crisis. Summed up: the world we live in!

CD in the player, pressing play. With "W.T.O". we got the opening track, marching EBM beat, and a chilly synthline underneath. One of the more uprising tracks right at the beginning, you are supposed to dance in my opinion. I tend to say that the first half of "Purity & Revolution" is the more EBM driven part. Some of the tracks on this album even feature electric guitar, an instrument that is used far too little in Martial Industrial music.

The title track, song no. 5 on the list, has a cool drum line, I, as a friend of air drumming approve this song.

Swinging into the second half of the album, it gets more epic, martial and deep. "The Corporate State" with great trumpet like synths is my personal highlight of the album. There is also a remix of the second track, "Capitalism is the new Fascism", that I would describe it as a Neofolk verion of the original track.

Just to attach one essential info in the end: the whole album has a very deep techno feeling without sliding into a too "mainstream" like techno sound.

Overall I would that this is definitely a solid release but I have to say that after listening to this CD 5-6 times, I get the feeling that all songs sound the same. I am missing the variety here.

Source: Bellum Musicae Review: Epoch - Purity & Revolution