music review : Mankind Is Obsolete – Manic Recession

Mankind Is Obsolete – Manic Recession

release date : August 10, 2010
released by : self release
info : 17 tracks .
genre : industrial rock/electro industrial
reviewed by : Mike Kieffer

Mankind Is Obsolete is one of my favorite industrial rock bands and I was quite nervous when I found this remix album was getting released. I don’t want to hear the organic drums replaced with a crappy 4-4 club beat, or tight guitar riffs being hacked to bits and re-looped with bad cuts. As you can tell I have been disappointed in previous attempts by other bands. So will MKIO be successful in pleasing me? Well let’s start from the beginning, Manic Recession is a 17 track remix album of the 2007 release Trapped Inside in which 9 of the 11 original tracks get treatment and there is also one original song and a cover song.  Starting things off is a remix of “Awake” by Mindcube, it is an average attempt that has hints of DnB but really I was just waiting for it to drop hard DJ Hidden style and it didn’t. The second track “Silent Killer” by Steven Rober Meyers Jr. pulled me back on board. This is a solid remix turning the track into a somewhat dance floor friendly or at least provides a beat for the DJ to mix in and out of. One of my favorite tracks was “Troubled Dreams” remixed by The Lunarium, which pretty much abandons the original except for the vocals, and even then they digitalized Natasha Cox’s voice and clipped and chopped it up and added tones of echo.

Overall I found some of the remixes to be good, some ok, and some bad. I still suggest picking this up if you are a fan, but if you are just going to jump into MKIO for the first time get the real album, it is way better and really is that a bad thing?

recommended tracks : Troubled Dreams (Remixed by The Lunarium, Outland 1101 Mix)
overall 6 . music 6 . lyrics 9 . recording quality 6

Catch Mankind Is Obsolete on tour in the US starting August 12th with Android Lust.

Mike Kieffer
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Mike Kieffer is a founding member of Auxiliary, its Music Editor, and DJs under the name Darago.
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