The modern industrial project is back this time even darker. Right from the beginning Staiqbloom’s newest album “Blue Moon Blood” takes you to that dark alley created in 90s by the likes of Skinny Puppy and pre-metal riffs Ministry. It has a beat the hammers you as it makes you dance. Things get even darker on “Black Walks Eternal” Fade whose voice is what separates this project from others trying to carry the industrial flame, offers a wider range of vocal flavor some of these more tortured and almost death rock like. The samples are clever and well placed. The vocals are used to set the tone to “Crooked Line” has do so with a smart syncopation that compliments the rough beat under it. “Talons Teeth” comes much closer to being the more typical brand of industrial that blared in most of the clubs during the genre’s peak. The vocals are shouted in the cyber-drill Sargent manner, but a few other vocal colors are injected. There is more of a creeping synth slither to “Adrift”. The vocals are more of a croaked narrative. It does find it’s groove like the others and works of a more droning pulse.
“Feel the Flesh” finds Skinny Puppy’s long lost “Rabies” drum sound. They had a somewhat more angular glitch to the pattern and the vocals take on a lower murmur. I like the more sung vocal moan that the 2:30 mark. “Nigredo” not only has a beat, it has one that pretty much slays the rest of the album, and this song might have my favorite lyrics as well.
The synth pulse in “Pale Lust” feels like a theme that is being continued from the previous song. It is almost like the outro for “Nigredo” if it was allowed to drone out more. The albums closes with the chaotic epic “Phantom Eye”.It flirts with many of the elements that I have like throughout the album, but here they are thrown against the wall for the sake of seeing what sticks, until building the beat builds by the end of the song .
Overall I think this album benefits from matured songwriting that delivers a greater definition of this project’s identity. This album finds them pulling from the genre’s roots, but in a way that keeps the grave fresh . The songs all pretty much have a life of their own and the album has the needed ebb and flow of dynamics to keep me engaged. If you are a fan or darker industrial or goth tinged electronica that wants to engage your mind more than the dance floor then this album is more than worth your time.