16 Volt Album- American Porn Songs by Ian Fford

Out now on Metropolis Records

At the first listen of American Porn Songs from 16 Volt it immediately brings you back to the early 90s era of the whole pop Industrial movement. I was reminded of the days of Gravity Kills, Filter and Helmet. Honestly, this entire album is a welcome harkening back to the early melodic days of Industrial before the aggrotek revolution and the wave of Combichrist copycats that have come onto the scene lately.

The first song Alkali is a very strong track that gets your attention and doesnt let go. The tracks that follow Alkali are a bit formulaic, but not enough that the listener would find it annoying to listen to. The songs are all heavy, with driving guitars and catchy synthesizer lines throughout. Its a change from the last 16 Volt album, FullBlackHabit, but not such a dramatic change that you wouldnt recognize it for a 16 Volt album.

It all Turns Bad has some excellent vocal harmonies to it that give it a very creepy feeling that is almost unnerving towards the end. Blackbird has a very distinct Prick meets Alice in Chains feel to it. The chorus almost makes it into a good old fashioned rock song rather than piercing Industrial or Power Metal. This one and Alkali are the two standout tracks in the album for me.

You Want Somebody to Hate is another great song that makes you want to jump up, break your furniture and scream it at every person who has pissed you off. Its a great song to get out some pent up frustration to.

It is rumoured that Eric Powell will be changing the name of this album at the last minute before it is released. He named it very early on in the writing process and as the album has taken shape has expressed regret about the title of the album. We will have to see what the actual title of the album is when released on September 8.

All and all this is an excellent addition to the 16 Volt discography and is a very enjoyable album to listen to. Eric Powell does not disappoint and doesn’t seem like he has run out of tricks in the audio arsenal.

 

 

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