Welcome to the Human Factory
Synth Groove's fourth album covers all the electronic music bases and adds some new ones. While the influences of Kraftwerk and Gary Numan can definitely be heard, this loosely based concept album is also heavily influenced by the work of artists such as Peter Murphy, New Order and Ultravox. 'Welcome To The Human Factory' is a strange, compelling mix of dark synthetic electronics, techno, synthpop and science fiction. Try to imagine watching the 1981 John Carpenter futuristic flick 'Escape From New York' while listening to electronic music from the 1980's. Get the picture? The big drum sound is back and the synthesizers are thicker, richer, and more diverse than on the previous albums (so are the songs, in my opinion). Although the overall mood is a bit darker, there are still plenty of synth hooks, club beats and melodies. In fact, this album has more synth 'groove' in it than ever. Plus, where else can you hear a track about Orbit Twins or one that features laughing gargoyles? Highly recommended tracks to check out are Fatal Disease, Catacombs, Space Tourist Meltdown and the title track.