Red Flag


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In one of the most ambitious projects of 2001, synth pop madmen Red Flag unleashed Megablack, a nine-disc set of original tracks, previously released tracks, remixes, remakes, and all sorts of craziness. Their Depeche Mode-meets-Sister of Mercy sound gets stretched around into various other genres related to electronica. Strangely enough, the music does not really change that much considering how much of it there is. All the various mixes of these tracks still sound a lot like the original song, just with different drumbeats or keyboard parts. After a while the music simply becomes numbing; there is very little to these tracks outside of the original structure, so essentially it is like having the same songs shoved at you over and over again. They are all solid, but not exactly the most brilliant pieces of music ever released, making it very hard to draw anything more from these songs besides what is already there. Still, any Red Flag completists out there will probably want to seek this out immediately, as there is so much on the album that has never been released before it boggles the mind. But, at 82 tracks, it would be hard to say who else would really buy this album besides Red Flag's most dedicated fans. Be warned that this is a long, tedious collection that could easily be edited down to one solid disc, and most casual music fans should just pass this over.

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