Alec Empire - The Golden Foretaste of Heaven
Throughout his 18 year prolific career to date, Alec Empire has dabbled in everything from drum 'n' bass and minimal techno to rock. If you're unfamiliar with the name, you might wonder what to expect from The Golden Foretaste of Heaven after reading up on his history.
In fact, for a man touted as being at the cutting edge of the Berlin music scene, there's something rather retro about this mix of electronics and weighty guitar riffs. You may well wonder if track title New Man is an intended pun when the synths hark back to Gary Numan, while his deadpan singing style, particularly on starker efforts 1000 Eyes and No/Why/New York, recalls Lou Reed. The adherence to only shades of black and the occasional blasts of heavy rock gives it the spirit of 90s alternative MTV. Still, on this evidence, I'd rather my kid listened to Alec Empire than My Chemical Romance.