Industrial Rrrrrocks!

Gravity (Independent/VDOU)

By David Lilly

Never mind Architects of Fear, Atomic, Crown of Thorns or Froot Bat. Here's 9voltRevolt and they kick ass. While very little techno and/or industrial has reached my ears and been considered good company, Gravity is.

This CD immediately connected with me when the army-tank size bumble bee hovered in my speakers at the beginning of the first song, "Disconnected." Then some punk started rhythmically slamming an electronic trashcan lid against some sonically-receptive sheet metal, making huge clashing noises that echoed for who knows how far...joined by the sound of a spaceship's piercing whine as it lifted off and headed for some nocturnal plane. And then everything came crashing down in what sounded like the rebirth of punk and heavy metal twins. And there you have the first 18 seconds of Gravity, the new 9volRevolt album. Though not really a fan of the techno-industrial genre, I was excited to delve further into the world of Gravity.

With Keith Bohne on lead ax, Joey Arena on keys, Scott Stewart handling percussion and Brian Cain holding it all down, Stephen Beasey's vocals are professionally seasoned and ideal for this Louisville band's music. Not to stretch comparisons too far, but at times, Beasey's vocals bear a resemblance to David Gilmour's (of Pink Floyd fame) more boisterous moments. Dark and provocative lyrics abound on this album, such as, "Seeing is deceiving/Feeling is believing/A heart full of hurt/And a hand full of pills..." from "Something Into Nothing." I managed to be thoroughly entertained by this stuff before checking into the lyrics, but they're worth listening to.

Any naysayer could slip into comfort mode and dismiss this music as all sounding the same. However, it could well be a gateway to the genre for outsiders or a great addition for techno-industrial fans. For the former, it's certainly worth the time and patience to listen to Gravity in its entirety at least twice, on different days or perhaps in different frames of mind, enough to let each song reveal its own personality, because this album is definitely not eleven versions of the same thing.

If the techno-industrial music world electrifies you, do yourself a favor and plug into this band at