A few months ago I got the wonderful chance to catch up with Marc Broude about the re-released Psychological Warfare. He provided us with a great interview, and some inspiration that we had been needing. Now, I’m going to review the release we spoke about in the interview: Psychological Warfare. Sometimes we all need a song that we can listen to that will dispel all the rage we have inside us, and Psychological Warfare is certainly one of these.
The Story Of Psychological Warfare
Originally, Psychological Warfare was released as a vinyl EP with only 50 prints released in 2006. After finding Psychological Warfare in a record bin at a record store selling for around $8, Marc was amused and decided to release Psychological Warfare to the masses via digital distribution; In that time the industrial rock genre has grown, and people are a lot more experimental than they used to be thanks to the internet exposing people to new kinds of music on a regular basis. The question is, are you experimental enough for Marc?
What Does Psychological Warfare Sound Like?
This Psychological Warfare reissue will be music to the ears of early Treponem Pal and La Muerte fans. Although I’d put Psychological Warfare under the Industrial Rock genre, I’d say that it would appeal to a much larger audience than just Industrial fans. There’s a lot of different things going on in Psychological Warfare, and that’s one of the things I love about it. It’s unpredictable, and you can tell that a lot of work went into keeping this as close to its creator
as possible. You can tell that someone has worked their damn ass off to create this original beauty, and it really does show. It tells a story as it progresses from beat to beat, it grows and grows until it hits an incredible outro that leaves you begging for the beat to kick in all over again.
Marc’s done it all, from “black metal, grindcore, punk, industrial and noise” to a more “avant-garde jazz inflicted album”. But for me personally, Psychological Warfare really stands out. Psychological Warfare sees Marc bare his soul in front of the masses in this 5′ 52″ long piece of art: Art, that’s the only thing you could really describe Psychological Warfare as. It’s music taken to a whole other level.
Psychological Warfare: The Conclusion
Take into account the amount of distortion on this record, yet its ability to remain unpolished enough that it is original and you can probably understand the hype. It’s something that no-one has ever dared to do, or if they have, they’ve not done it quite right, but Marc really does have it nailed.
For those who love their rock with a side of Industrial, and for those who like to experiment with music. The only people this isn’t for is the faint hearted. You’ve been warned!
Let us know what you think about Psychological Warfare in the comments below! Meanwhile you can pick up your very own copy of Psychological Warfare available on Amazon here.