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Review: Marc Broude – Psychological Warfare

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Members: Marc Broude

Bio: Marc started recording while living in a squatter artist collective in 2005. Surrounded by musicians and a wide array of instruments, Marc spent the next couple years making a name for himself as a solo musician while playing in various bands with genres like black metal, grindcore, punk, and noise. In 2006, he journeyed into the industrial rock realm and released the 7″ Psychological Warfare EP. That same year Marc, Danny Cortez and Chris Anderson formed Zog, a black metal outfit that disbanded after the death of Danny Cortez. Marc took a break through 2007 following intense personal issues and continued his solo endeavor in 2008 while residing at various artist collectives and performing at DIY venues throughout the Chicago area. In 2009 Marc’s sound drastically changed as he released the seventy-two minute dark ambient dirge Rites of Zen and Medicine, a fusion of free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. In 2011 Marc remixed and re-released Psychological Warfare. -Wikipedia

Release Date: March 1st, 2011

Label: No Zen

Review:When I’m approached by one person to review their release and am proudly told that they did all instrumentation and everything on it, my pavlovian-esque reaction is to frantically rack my brain for somewhere else to be. The reason for this rather dramatic reaction is that 9 times out of 10, what I’m going to be handed is “I’m an Arrogant Douchebag With More Money Than Talent, Yet Very Loyal Friends – The Poorly Written and Engineered Musical”. I don’t want to listen to anyone’s ego for 74 minutes. Luckily, with the cost of technology dropping faster and faster combined with the ever-growing internet, many underground artists are coming forward with brilliant, well engineered material because they have noticed that these days, you can produce something unique and 100% yours and hit a very large audience. With this, and my love of independent underdogs in mind, I fought my knee jerk reactions and settled down to give Marc Broude a listen with intent to review. Luckily for me, you, and him, for that matter, what he sent was douchebaggery free! Marc Broude is truly a talented one-man band. From keyboards to guitars, vocals, and drum programming. What you hear is 100% him, straight from his fevered brain and 100% awesome.

Now on to Psychological Warfare. This album was originally released as a limited edition EP on 7″ vinyl in 2006 and sold out in less than two months. Now, in 2011, it’s been remastered and reissued for a shiny two-track digital EP.

Here’s a track-by-track run down:

The title track grabs your immediate attention with an opening that oddly reminds me, not unpleasantly, of a submarine alarm. Just when you’ve figured out that, no, you’re not about to die a horrible death of drowning in a large tin can, in comes a beat pleasantly reminiscent of 16Volt shortly followed by shredding guitars and aggressive vocals. The second track, God Smacker, crosses further into the metal genre. Where the title track was aggressive, God Smacker, with it’s driving beat and raging guitar is straight-up pissed off in its entirety and doesn’t care who knows it.

To sum up, I thoroughly enjoyed this offering and can’t wait to hear more. Anyone who likes 16Volt and KMFDM, as well as metal fans will seriously dig this.

Where to buy: Amazon

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