Introspect Void – Behind the Fallen Monuments of Time

Introspect Void is a darkwave project/collective with more than 20 years of history. Their debut album Communion was released in 1997, and their fourth and present full-length offering Behind the Fallen Monuments of Time is released right about now. According to the label release overview, the album continues the band’s long standing “obsession with the concepts of futurism, Artificial Intelligence and arcane mythologies”. Should work just fine, then.

When it comes to the music, Introspect Void fuses synth pop with EBM and small snippets of any number of other electronic genres. D.A.P. hump-bump drums carry technoesque synth patches, cool sound effects and whispering voices. While the project’s earlier work featured more meandering interludes and ambient style synth work, this is pedal to the metal, pure German club dance floor pretty much all way through. That is not to say Behind the Fallen Monuments of Time is some Verse/Chorus form, boy band competing pop album. Nay, the darkwave roots manifest themselves in a variety of ways through a diverse fauna of song structures. Sometimes a patch or chord can be left hanging, standing still like some meditative blackgaze track, sometimes things take off and move in unexpected directions.

While a basic darkwave/synth/EBM configuration remains at the core of the album, many other influences could be suspected. In tracks like “Decompiled Intellect” and “Burn Now (Cinis)” I detect distinct Detroit techno tendencies. Given the futurist interest shared by some of the Detroit scene’s proponents and Introspect Void, that may or may not be more than a coincidence.

The production is splendidly organic, and if someone were to tell me this was all done on analogue synthesizers I would not be in the least surprised. There’s an almost cassette like fleshiness to the sound, and if the sound we’re exposed to here was constructed using a purely VST/DAW setup, it was done by someone who knew how to force a computer to sound like a person using the real deal. Another feature of this piece of underground darkwave is the massive amount of music included. Fifteen tracks, including a splendid cover of “Send Me An Angel”, covers topics ranging from A.I. (“Dissenting Intelligence Transition”, “Synthetic Awakening”), Celtic mythology (“Behind the veil of Anu”) and Iranian pre-muslim religion (“The Cabal of the Magi”).

The overall impression of Behind the Fallen Monuments of Time is that it offers many things at once. The constant beats make it suitable for public places – clubs and the like. At the same time, the organic and somewhat obscure production and dark melodic qualities give it a meditative edge, making it fitting for drunken one man reveries on the couch. There are probably even further uses for this great piece of darkwave, and I suggest you folks find your very own such use.

The album is available from Latex Records on CD or digital download.

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