Moby & The Void Pacific Choir

More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse

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With his latest project, Moby continues to brush aside his techno pop tendencies and embrace his punk and alt rock aspirations. Moby & The Void Pacific Choir aren't kidding about the title of their new record as the blistering continues on the new free album More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse. Hot on the heels of last year's turbulent release, These Systems Are Failing.

Tight drumming and concise guitar riffs, delivered with a decidedly aggressive edge, form a base to launch sharp, angular synths with tense melodies. Add not-quite-screeching punk style vocals singing heavy, world-weary lyrics and you have what at first sounds like an angst-ridden, alternative rock/industrial hybrid.

But what seems excessively repetitive at first develops into slight differences over time to reveal little catchy hooks that diminish the abrasiveness. Never more apparent than on the appealing, and almost danceable, "All The Hurts We Made" and "There's Nothing Wrong With The World There's Something Wrong With Me."

Other tracks such as opener "Silence," "A Softer War," and "If Only a Correction of All We've Been" may not be quite as commercially viable, but cool and melodic passages can still be found lurking under the rough exterior. The remaining few tracks are a relatively unfinished and scruffy mix of concise, energetic power chords and jerky melodies. Good ideas that never develop into great designs that are fine while they're playing, but never stick you with a desire to hear them multiple times.

Ultimately, More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse is a decent and fiery auditory excursion. (www.moby.com)

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