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Promonium Jesters / Adaptive Reaction

Split 7"

P Records

Genre: industrial, aggro-tech

Uxbridge, ON / Thunder Bay, ON

October 2009

Two Ontarian industrial/"aggro-tech" acts bring us this auspicious split. Synthesized aggro-beats, power chords, and angry vocals characterize Promonium Jesters' side. This isn't my cup of tea, but they seem to do it with ample urgency and aggression. Especially titillating is the sinister synth exploration that finishes off the track. Adaptive Reaction are a more vibrant band due to their concise, high-tempo compositions - both tracks are lively bursts of menacing energy. Vocalist Myke helps make "Nightmare" a convincing burst of angry industrial rock, though the rapid-fire beats and pushy guitars do the majority of the talking. Mila tackles vocal duties on "Gangrene," and manages to inject a fair bit of melody into an otherwise cookie-cutter track; it's a shame the lyrics themselves are dismally juvenile.

promonium jesters' myspace / adaptive reaction's myspace

(song not from this album)

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the bands, released 2009]