Chmcl Str8jckt – “S/T” Album Review (industrial/rock)

ChmclStr8Jckt_CDCoverWe travel back in time a few months for the time being courtesy of our friends at Machine Man Records.  Thus, our offering for today; the self-titled album from New Jersey’s Chmcl Str8jckt.  Available on CD and digital release now.

From Sonic Seducer: “Bathed in Wax Trax!- The memories of high times of Industrial music shall be revived with the debut of America’s Chmcl Str8jckt….showing an affinity for bands such as Ministry, Cubanate, PIG, KMFDM and Revolting Cocks- and that’s not a bad thing! 

Chmcl Str8jckt contains 8 tracks each equally identifiable on their own.    Aside from the obvious influence from the above mentioned bands, Chmcl Str8jckt also appears to draw a bit of influence from bands such as Chemlab and Hate Department.  I’ll even go so far as to say that the rhythmic lyrical delivery brings to mind such alternative acts as MC 900 Ft. Jesus in tracks like “House Upon A Hill”.  A track like “Iron Virtue” however,  highlights the organic side of Chmcl Str8jckt with the heaviness of the electric guitar and the acoustic drums.  Dare I say that I hear a bit of Skrew influence on that track.  A highlight might be “Today The Devil Dies.”  This track in particular not only blends the aforementioned elements but also incorporates a sick vocal effect, snake-like slithering groove and some warped choral-sounding sample in the main part of the track.

Mixing ebm elements with industrial; a dose of humor with the serious, Chmcl Str8jckt actually shows a significant amount of originality.  They bring the late 80s/early 90s sound back to the forefront and even seem to capture that old-school vocal distortion that hasn’t been duplicated since.

Word on the dimly-lit street is that Chmcl Str8jckt is working on a remix album which definitely be worth looking out for as will a forthcoming remix from none other than Leaether Strip.

Chmcl Str8jckt is available as a Name Your Own Price digital download so you have nothing to lose and no excuse not to check them out.  Of course I suggest tossing some support their way as well as in the direction of Machine Man Records… a lot of good merging of electro and metal there.  

Those of you in the northeast corner of the states check the band out here: CAMERA PICTURES

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