Many of the newer bands are just imitations of any combination of the above bands, bringing little new to the table. It always seems to be either missing-the-point NIN-lite alt-rock-with-synths-and-samples, or Ministry wannabes thinking they can take that sound and make it radio-friendly, or bands doing the club-beats-and-horror-samples-and-laryngitis-vocals like :wumpscut: or old Skinny Puppy or about a million other projects from beforehand, just without any direction or anything to make them stand out, and IMO oftentimes with a hollow sound (again, big fan of the 80's sequencers.) It's a sad state of affairs. So of course I was cautious with my optimism for Skullduggery. I see now that this was unnecessary.
The record is has a very rich and deep sound that conjures up imagery of dystopian cyberpunk hell in a way seemingly more natural and easy than most bands of this type. You can probably tell where I was going with this by now, but I legitimately like this more than a lot of stuff from 'famous' bands in the same style like Velvet Acid Christ, Front Line Assembly and Combichrist. It seems to have more effort and talent and soul in it than many of the more popular contemporaries within the genre. It's a real shame that Skullduggery is as little-known as it is while the alternative press and rivetheads around the world cream their deepest black little underwear every time another complacent piece of product falls out of Bill Leeb or Sascha Konietzko's butt. Bass has something special here. I can't wait to see what he does with it next... if there's any justice, then someday he will be held up as a motherfucking hero to spooky evil electro-industrial music for lifting a drowning genre out of the lake, pumping some air into its deflated lungs, and reapplying its eyeliner.