tempobet yeni adresi
like this article review

24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life

GARY WALKER (DEFEAT)

Ten albums that changed my life

Article
EBM 24/08/2015, Britta Tabrit

It’s “10 albums time” again. Today Gary Walker from the UK-based EBM/Industrial duo DEFEAT tells you a few truths:

1. DEPECHE MODE - Violator
This just pips Black Celebration as the definitive Depeche Mode album for me. A lot of the sounds I try to create in Defeat songs can trace their influence back to this album - or at least that's my intention :). Every track has a hypnotic quality to it, and I find myself getting lost in the vast soundscapes whenever I listen to it. My all time favourite DM track is on this album - the brutally dark, yet gloriously uplifting 'Halo'.

2. HOWARD JONES - Human's Lib
My route to Industrial/EBM started with synth pop, and this was definitely the artist and album that got me hooked on synth pop. One man and a rack of now-vintage analog synthesizers singing about the human condition, and unusually for the time, it was released from a perspective of how everyone has the power to make the world better and how we can (and should) all be better human beings.

3. JEAN-MICHEL JARRE - Oxygene
The first, and to my mind, best Jarre album. Every sound and note is in the right place, both rhythmically and sonically, although my favourite piece on this is the ambient 'Oxygene Part I', rather than 'Oxygene Part IV', which is the one that everyone knows. White noise through a phaser pedal never sounded so good.

4. NITZER EBB - Showtime
My first 'proper' introduction to industrial music. It begins with what is, for me, the best intro to a song ever - a simple droning that ratchets up with the promise of the audio maelstrom that is yet to come. The power and energy in this album is still there for me, even years after hearing it for the first time. This album is probably the catalyst that steered me into writing everything in a minor key.

5. NINE INCH NAILS - The Downward Spiral
I see this album as the one where the clean synths of 'Pretty Hate Machine' (this album's predecessor) go to Arkham Asylum for a spot of corrective therapy. What comes out the other side is dirty and disturbing. But damn, it is so good. The pained vocal delivery and the sound treatments on this create the sense that you're inside the head of someone on the brink, although on the brink of *what*, I'm not quite sure.

6. LEAETHER STRIP - After The Devastation
After hearing 'Suicide Bombers' on an Alfa Matrix compilation CD, I really fell in love with Claus Larsen's sound. I don't know how he does it, but the bass sounds in his tracks are just fucking amazing. The astounding 'Leaether Strip Pt3. (Symphony for Kurt)' is my stand out track on this, as it's scale is just vast. Quite simply brilliant.

7. CEASE2XIST - You Are Expendable
From the opening notes of 'Not All Is Wrong?', this album grabbed me by the eardrums. Uncompromising in sound and attitude, I still can't get enough of this album, although I am being biased here as Cease2Xist were labelmates of ours on Static Distortion Records at the time this was released. That said, upon hearing its production, I've been forced to up my own game, and it remains a favourite of mine to this day. Favourite track for me is 'My Burning Rage'.

8. NEUROTICFISH - Gelb
This album is proof that not everything has to be a 4/4 stomper to be a fantastic album (although there are a few tracks that fall into that category). Stand-out tracks for me here are 'Waving Hands' and 'Suffocating Right'.

9. A-HA - Scoundrel Days
Yeah, it's pure pop, but it's done properly here. Morten Harket has the voice of a (slightly tormented) angel on this, leaving guns on bedside tables and the like. This is much more melancholy than 'Hunting High and Low', and I bloody love it. 'Cry Wolf' is the obvious tune of choice here, but my preference must go to the fragile, yet plaintive 'Manhattan Skyline'.

10. RECOIL - Hydrology
Former Depeche Mode keyboard player and all round musical genius Alan Wilder followed up the experimental sounding '1+2' with this, an album that is packed to the rafters with sounds that wouldn't have been out of place on a DM album. My favourite track on this is 'Stone', which starts with a layered choir and evolves into something wonderfully atmospheric.

Hopefully if you like these albums, you'll like my project 'Defeat' too!

Peace. Gary.

Defeat on FacbooK: https://www.facebook.com/Defeatmusic?pnref=lhc

Webpage: http://www.defeatmusic.com/

 

Britta Tabrit
24/08/2015


24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life 24/08/2015 : GARY WALKER (DEFEAT) - Ten albums that changed my life

Music reviews

16
04
AD:KEY
I can't feel you
16
04
PORTION CONTROL
SEED EP3
15
04
ABSOLUTE BODY CONTROL
A New Dawn
15
04
IN ABSENTIA
Charnel House Chatterbox (Remastered 2021)
14
04
THE BURYING KIND
The Burying Kind ( EP )
05
04
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Electropop 18 (Super Deluxe Edition)

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

16
04
36 years ago, The Sisters Of Mercy performed No Time To Cry on German TV!
16
04
On this day, 36 years ago, The Sisters Of Mercy performed ‘No Time to Cry’ on German TV
15
04
On this day, 20 years ago, FAD GADGET performed his first legendary come-back show!
14
04
In memorian.... The Punk Empowerment Of Poly Styrene (° 3 July 1957 †25 April 2011)
13
04
34 years MUTE records released 'Let Your Body Learn' by Nitzer Ebb!
07
04
Skinny Puppy’s Cevin Key zoom chat's with à;GRUMH...

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

15
04
BLEEDING RAVEN
Never really took myself serious... still don’t...
12
02
DIVE
We All Can Ask Us The Question ‘Where Do We Go From Here?'
10
02
RAYMOND WATTS (PIG)
'It’s not a re-discovery. It’s finding the way in to let the stuff out...'
02
02
JOHN 3:16
I regularly come across animal remains at various stages of decomposition. That started to affect me, and that's where the concept of the record was born.
07
01
MAMAN KUSTERS
‘Let’s Keep It Intriguing

PHOTOS

15
04
FAD GADGET
Mean Fiddler, London, England
25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

17
04
LYNCELIA
Self-Mystery Girl
16
04
COCTEAU TWINS
Carolyn's Fingers
15
04
FAITH AND THE MUSE
Battle Hymn
14
04
MESH
It scares me
13
04
MONOTONE EXPRESSION
Out Of Tune With Life
12
04
LAID BACK
White Horse
11
04
VOK
Waterfall