Deo Cadaver – “S/T” (Re-release) Album Review (ebm/industrial)

Deo Cadaver

Only in extremely rare cases are there still examples of the levels of purity that exist as they did with rare gems like Deo Cadaver’s one and only album released in 1991. 

After 27 years including an initial poor distribution and subsequent bootleg/illegal editions, the members of Deo Cadaver have decided to give their one and only album a proper re-release.

From the press release: “DEO CADAVER was an electronic dance music duo (later trio) based in Geneva, Switzerland and active between 1987 and 1994. Daze Dasen (electronic drums, samplers & sequencers) and Marco Marchi (sequencers & vocals)…decided to form an Electro / EBM / Industrial duo, following on the footsteps of local heroes The Young Gods and bands like D.A.F., Front 242, Skinny Puppy, Laibach or Einstürzende Neubauten.”

Within seconds of track 1, “Mother Church Klinik” the listener is taken back to the days of “real” industrial and the origins of ebm.  Front 242, Laibach and Neubauten fans will surely rejoice instantly.  For a more obscure reference, check out the band Deitiphobia.  Regardless of how obnoxiously detailed your software sequencers and synths are, you just can’t get sounds that are equal to the likes of Deo Cadaver anymore.  This is where it began.  We should be grateful that rare gems like this still make themselves re-known from time to time.

Deo Cadaver reminds us of the days when diversity and distinguishing track from track was still important and prevalent…. not to mention when bands didn’t have to bury their vocals in distortion.  All too often in current times is industrial/ebm overly-sterile and un-dynamic.  While there are some bands such as Leaether Strip, Hocico, Ludovico Technique and Stahlnebel & Black Selket who continue to push the electo-envelope, many times they owe their density and complexity to the pure sounds created by cult albums such as Deo Cadaver’s one and only studio creation.

Deo Cadaver is available now with a total of 15 tracks including previously unreleased, instrumental and live tracks.  See the Bandcamp link for digital and physical copies.


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