Funker Vogt continues to fly the flag for electronic industrial music in the tradition of KMFDM and Front 242. On Survivor, the duo puts the emphasis on the dance component of their sound, with bending synths, 4/4 beats, and rave melodies. While accessible to newcomers to the genre -- with clean Depeche Mode grooves on "History" and simple, soaring dark atmospheres on "Compulsions" -- the album sounds closest to a set of KMFDM dance remixes. Sure, "Obscure Pictures" employs harsh, grating electronics that favorably recall What Do You Know Deutschland?, but this record lacks the punch of industrial's early-'90s heyday and the defining albums of the time: KMFDM's Angst, Ministry's The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69, Pigface's Fook, and even My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult's outrageous and danceable Sexplosion! and 13 Above the Night.
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AllMusic Review by Charles Spano