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Overwrought electro-goth produced by two Germans that allegedly has some sort of thematic connection to Buddhism. Following the obvious template laid down by bands like Skinny Puppy and Alien Sex Fiend (creepy synths, whispering agonized vocals), Abscess update their sound by adding pre-programmed arpeggio melodies and trance beats that are as overused in the dance community as they are in the goth scene. You can close your eyes and see the Crow/Trent Reznor wannabes raising their arms to the sky in tortured bliss. This record isn't doing any of its genre relatives -- goth, industrial, or techno -- any favors.

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