Z Prochek is the Swedish duo of Johan Otterheim and
Martin Skanberg. This debut of theirs is packed with thirteen equally
exciting songs. What they do that is rather unique is take elements
of electro-industrial, EBM and synth-pop and combine them into one sound.
The outcome is impressive to say the least.
The songs here are created with energetic electronic programming, driving
bass beats, haunting melodies and a variety of different vocals from
deep, clean and clear to angry and distorted. There are even female
backing vocals by Carolina Nilsson in a lot of the songs.
This CD does a superb job of delivering a lot of diversity. You get
upbeat EBM songs with untreated male vocals, mid-tempo dark trance songs
with both male and female vocals, and a good batch of aggressive electro-industrial
songs with distorted male vocals. The band pulls off each of these styles
amazingly well. Instead of the songs sounding drastically different
from each other, they blend all of these elements into one to allow
them to fit together flawlessly.
This is a refreshing release for the fact that it will please a large
listening audience. It mixes in a little bit of everything to appeal
to most fans of industrial/EBM music. I highly recommend it.