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A cinematic beginning slowly builds up “Mindreader” just before the track builds on heavy riffings in a stomping Slipknot manner.

One of the strongest lead singles aside from the obvious ‘Pump It’, the choruses and melodic sections are incredibly catchy but doesn’t cross the line into cringy. Tuonela Magazine described the album as a "mash-up between Eurodance-inspired tunes and brutal djent-sprinkled riffs.

With tons of energy and fun on board, the band from Castrop-Rauxel delivers an unprecedentedly fulminant metalcore-firework that is second to none. A certain edge that wasn’t there before has now become the raving pink elephant in the room, packed with never-ending energy and breaking every boundary. The band changed the word 'Eskimo' to 'Electric' because it can be seen as a derogatory name for the Inuit and Yupik people in Alaska. Whereas with the other 9 tracks on the album prove, they are very much in their own lane at the moment.

It’s very difficult to decipher if this is another intentional choice to mock the state of the alternative scene thanks to the likes of MGK or they really sat down and unanimously agreed this was worth adding to the tracklist. You don’t get lines like “Shaky, shaky, sweaty, sweaty / You make my spaghetti ready” from Tekkno Train by any band under the illusion of playing it straight. But let’s not just focus on EC in this synth-metal-pop jam, yes it’s their album, but Conquer Divide offer so much to the mix that literally couldn’t be done without them. It’s most noticeable when they’re given the prime focus, like on Mindreader or Parasite that see the colour drain and the format get a lot more stale. Seriously, it’s 5 months old and I’m still finding myself singing the chorus when it rolls through on my playlists.

Mindreader‘ is our first taste of unreleased material and it opens with a huge atmospheric trance/synth intro that guides us up to a heavy scream section and we’re underway.

The band was nominated for the Up And Coming (best newcomer award) at the German Metal Hammer Awards, held in Berlin on 13 September 2013, which they won. The vocals are annoying, the disparate elements of the music are all so brightly coloured that often they refuse to mix, instead talking loudly over each other like unfunny people who think the best bit of a joke is in how loudly you tell it. After starting to get more recognition, particularly in the US, it was brought to their attention that the term "eskimo" is an offensive term to certain groups of people in Alaska.Bravery’ might be too strong a word, but no one else is throwing in entire verses from German rapper FiNCH like on Spaceman, or building off a completely undiluted Europop song that could’ve been cut by O-Zone with Hurrikan. Similarly, the latter track has a very similar vibe and beats to ‘Hypa Hypa’ but the sexual, tongue-in-cheek lyrics such as “Sweaty, sweaty, you make my spaghetti ready, heat up the sauce, it’s a dinner for one” and 69 references are mocking cringy oversexualisation found in the pop industry. During the worst of the pandemic, I remember the goofy humor of the “Hypa Hypa” music video lifting my spirits and I definitely wasn’t the only one. The band's musical style can be described as electronicore, [32] [33] [34] [35] metalcore, [32] [19] [36] [37] melodic metalcore, [35] [38] post-hardcore, [34] [39] EDM, [32] [36] comedy rock, [36] dubstep, [34] and electro. Right now, I can imagine them flipping me off with a tiny hand on each finger (linked below, so you will know what the hell I am talking about), and I am so glad they didn’t take my advice.

A hot contender for one of the most important metalcore albums of the year, “Tekkno” delivers the most diverse sound the band from Castrop-Rauxel has ever presented.Upon translating the lyrics into English, however, ‘romantic’ is definitely not the right word (“When I see all the pictures, then I only think of you/How you sat on me, my god, that was disgusting”. Writing for Sputnikmusic, Trey noted improvements this album made in comparison to the band's previous work stating, "Each album since Crystals had been increasingly bland and uninspired, while at the same time neutering the heavier elements of their past; Tekkno fixes all of that.

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