Fiv is the solo dark electro-industrial project of Da5id Din.
He’s best known for his work with the band Informatik.
So it comes as no surprise that Din Fiv sounds a lot like Informatik.
However, I do like the music of this project more because it’s darker
with less techno influences.
There are no surprises on this
CD. Everything here is pretty standard dark EBM with the trademark dreary
beats, haunting synths, voice samples and distorted growling vocals.
It might lack originality, but it excels in delivering solid and well
constructed songs with driving rhythms and beats, nicely composed orchestrated
melodies and passionate vocals with well written lyrics.
There are elements of Decoded
Feedback, Funker Vogt,
Strip and Velvet Acid
Christ in these songs. So it’s safe to say that if you like
any of those bands, you will also like Din Fiv. While the songs all
fit the formula of dark and angry electro-industrial music, they each
manage to sound unique enough to allow them to stand out as well. There
are a lot of interesting and creative things to hear in these songs,
and that’s what makes them so entertaining to listen to.
The only real flaw found here is
with the song “Escape”. It’s an extremely slow and boring dark
ambient instrumental. It’s well composed, but out of place as track
five. It would have been a lot better as the ending track due to its
melodic sound. But it’s not too long, so you most likely won’t mind
sitting through it.
Another slight problem with this
CD is the fact that there are only eight original songs. Track nine
“We Are (Deathguild Remix By Battery)” is a remix of track two
“We Are”. But fortunately it sounds almost nothing like the original
version, so it’s like an entirely different track. Track ten “Terminal
Condition (Guilt Central Station Remix by AEC)” is a remix of the
song “Terminal Condition” from Din Fiv’s debut CD. But unless
you have Din Fiv’s first album, this track will be new to you. I would
have liked more original tracks not including the remixes, because remixes
should always be included as bonus tracks in my personal opinion. But
when all is said and done; this is a great dark electro-industrial CD
that should not be missed by those who enjoy this genre of music.