CCM (contemporary Christian music) artists who dabble in the devil's formerly exclusive metal playground are often B-grade versions of unhallowed rock stars. This is absolutely not the case with Generation, a project led by producer/programmer Caesar and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/programmer M. Robinson. Fellow Chicago area brother-in-Christ Bruce Franklin (formerly of the almost-Christian bona fide doom legends Trouble) adds some massive guitar work to the mechanized sermons. This sonic ministry borrows heavily from Ministry with its repeating eighth-note guitar pulse and sample playback of spoken word material. The main difference between Brutal Reality and its worldly industrial predecessors is the former's occasionally melodic verse. Considering that growling, yelling, and whining (especially through the tiny telephone sound effect) are the only certified vocal approaches to industrial metal, Generation's moments of fluid singing sound daring on Brutal Reality, and the results are exalted. The smooth vocals add a nice touch, but the programming of Caesar and Robinson whip this 1994 Metal Blade release into a holy-rolling havoc fans of both Jourgensen and Jesus will adore.
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