With his new 13-track “Extreme Unspoken Tension” album, Swedish veteran and one-man assault squad Peter Elm sets the bar of top notch old-school EBM with attitude one level higher and signs here a true classic Electronic Body Music album to be classified just between NITZER EBB’s “That Total Age” and DAF’s “Alles Ist Gut”!
3… 2… 1… GO! The new ELM is here! Go grab it before it grabs you!
The opening “Redemption” directly sets the mood and plunges you in a tense, weird and menacing atmosphere à la “Clockwork Orange” lead by LAIBACH-ish martial beats and narrative vocals. Paranoia then sets in a bit deeper in your flashing mind with “Apocalypse 20160703”, an even slower and almost decadent trip hop electro cut, that sucks you up like a hidden merciless dark worm. And that’s exactly at that very uncomfortable moment of doubt that ELM grabs you by the throat and shakes your ass with the stomping straightforward EBM hit “Death Of The North”!
Our favourite unstoppable EBM-hit machine is back: harder, darker and stronger! And the fireworks simply continue with the powerful “Cut You Down”, the very NITZER EBB-ish “Deathbed Love” and its heavy baseline or yet the relentless explosion of rage of the turbo cut “Mindgame”.
And it’s when you are reaching that poignant breathtaking climax that leaves us wondering what could still come next, that this roller coaster album throws you, half-suffocating, in an unexpected vertiginous fall from “Altitude 100”, an intimate and viciously addictive melodic synth pop song. But the dancefloor assaults rapidly take over with the raw “Distracted”, the hypnotic aggressive new club hit “Thoughtcrime” or the amazing “Switching Addictions” that is bound to become a true classic electro tune with its refreshing GESAFFESLSTEIN meets SCHWEFELGELB meets early FRONT 242 tone.
“Extreme Unspoken Tension” then makes another unpredictable u-turn and trashes you the straight and unpolished old-school EBM “War Machine” scud in the face, followed by the extremely powerful “Violent Heart” and the closing uncompromising anthemic “Smother Box” that eventually punches you knockout once for all.
And once you regained consciousness from that sonic blackout, your brain obsessively orders you: Repeat – Repeat – Repeat… And you just play it again… and again… and the roller coaster brings you up and down on that ever-looping ultimate journey into Electronic Body Music realms.
Consume without moderation and at maximum volume. Brace for impact!