Hardware Pulse – Techno Valkyrie (Album – Werkstatt Recordings)
Genres/Influences: Electro-Wave, Electroclash, Technoid.
Format: Digital, CD, Cassette.
Background information: Greek composer Toxic Razor, still involved with Paradox Obscur, Metal Disco and Beatbox Machinery, launched a new project last year called Hardware Pulse. The global approach of composing music with only computer equipment remains the common thread between all his projects. “Techno Valkyrie” is Hardware Pulse’s debut album with eight songs.
Contents: All songs are instrumental editions. The songs are driven by danceable beats while bringing together different but related musical genres. There is a touch of Body-Pop music, which has been mixed with pure old-school electro with some Electroclash influences and other passages revealing a Technoid approach.
+ + +: This artist’s creativity seems to have no limits, but Toxic Razor is not only a prolific artist, but also a true talent. This new project reveals different aspects although the overall approach and some of his arrangements are easily recognizable with his work for Metal Disco and Paradox Obscur. I like the solid sound processing, which particularly excels at “Mainframe Isolator”.
– – –: I regret that there are no vocals or spoken samples, which could inject a little more here and there. Like all his projects, the songs are still quite short and it’s sometimes a shame when you just listen to a great song.
Conclusion: “Techno Valkyrie” is a promising start for Hardware Pulse, which I can only encourage to continue on this path.
Best Songs: “Mainframe Isolator”, “Club Raiser”, “Techno Valkyrie”.
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