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Side-Line Review: Epoch - Purity & Revolution

Behind Epoch is hiding Ken Holewczynski. Holewczynski has been involved in different music projects like Signal To Noise in the past and more recently in Warszawa. He was also running the label Arts Industria, which was active during the 90s. He set up a new label named Carbon 12 Records on which we already heard some real interesting releases. Epoch is not exactly a new project as a demo was already released on Arts Industria and a split release-CD on VUZ Records (both during the 90s).

Epoch is about, ‘Reflecting the current global economic, cultural and social crises, and the methods by which both are intertwined, Epoch uses its music to expose the machinations of the extremism of all points of view present in our current time. However, Epoch recognizes that despite the advancement of time, time has stood still, or maybe has even reversed’.

Musically, Epoch walks us on imaginary battle fields driven by a force martial rhythm and an impressive selection of historical samplings. The martial chants and numerous samplings definitely are quite typical elements. The samplings get us back to the famous Nazi-propaganda of Goebels historical ‘Totale Krieg’-speech, but it seems that Epoch has also used recent material. The style might remind you of some legendary bands like Laibach and SPK, which can’t be seen as real martial projects. Epoch also has this kind of open-minded approach in sound, which also enters into experimental fields, electronics and even dark melodic new-wave passages. The epic arrangements reflecting a heavy dramatic content however remains the most characteristic part of the work. Reinforced by trumpet parts and the aforementioned samplings Epoch will possibly cause some controversy. I think that’s a part of this kind of music, but I think there’s no further political message behind, but just a reflection on the ‘current global economic, cultural and social crises’, which still happened during the early 20th Century. The song “Capitalism Is The New Fascism” clearly indicates the real idea behind this album.

Conclusion: “Purity & Revolution” is a very poignant transposition from a current social situation and crisis into an alluring musical outburst.

Best songs: “Architects Of The Third World”, “Purity & Revolution”, “W.T.O.”.

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