SHAPER AND MECHANIST
ALBUM ARTOFFACT RELEASE: NOVEMBER,
2001 REVIEW: JANUARY 3, 2002
great electronic bands hails from Canada, such as Skinny Puppy, Front
Line Assembly and Numb. Here comes another one called Headscan, consisting
of two guys from Montreal called Claude Charnier and Christian Pomerleau.
Together they have previously played in a project called Insurgent where
they explored the realm of mixing both electronic and acoustic sounds.
Now they have decided to make entirely electronic music, a notion that
resulted in this album.
moods, electronic voices, bubbling basses and relentless beats describes
this venture pretty well. It's very suggestive, and reminiscent of darker
trance music (especially "Magnetic Immunity" which is all-out
trance euphoria), but with EBM elements. Some tracks sound a bit like
Funker Vogt, and others remind me of Haujobb. The overall feeling is that
of a high-tech future where something has gone horribly wrong, a very
common theme in this kind of music, that's for sure. But like their fellow
countrymen Headscan succeed in getting the feeling across. Most of the
vocals are synthetic, but when they are natural they sound pretty neat,
somewhat like Daniel Myer - on a good day that is.
is the debut album, following an EP called "High Orbit Pioneers",
and it is a very promising start. If Headscan would just weed out the
more boring tracks next time, they could create a big name for themselves.