10 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A far cry from their punky beginnings, Death in Vegas' Transmission embraces chilly Euro synths and Ballardian drones. For their sixth album, Richard Fearless joined forces with vocalist Sasha Grey, who oozes cool all over the record's soft Italo disco (“Flak”), intense synth arpeggios (“Metal Box”) and malevolent techno. It shifts nimbly between monochromatic intensities: “Strom” orbits on woozy, circular whispers, but segues into “You Disco I Freak”, eight minutes of ricocheting mania.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A far cry from their punky beginnings, Death in Vegas' Transmission embraces chilly Euro synths and Ballardian drones. For their sixth album, Richard Fearless joined forces with vocalist Sasha Grey, who oozes cool all over the record's soft Italo disco (“Flak”), intense synth arpeggios (“Metal Box”) and malevolent techno. It shifts nimbly between monochromatic intensities: “Strom” orbits on woozy, circular whispers, but segues into “You Disco I Freak”, eight minutes of ricocheting mania.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

D3N1ZEN ,

Amazing

This is a brilliant album. It is haunting minimal and a perfect companion to a groggy slushy day.

BebegAnti ,

Really good

It's pretty 💘💘

beaslyrising ,

DIV is moving in a boring direction

Death in Vegas has been shifting directions over time. DIV started off acid rock/electronic and were somewhat minimalist in their layering (just a repeated guitar riff + beat + vocals or organ/synthline + beat and slight variations), but the simple melodies were catchy, even hip, I'd say, and great for movie soundtracks. I've been a fan of DIV since around Scorpio Rising. Continuo Sessions and Scorpio Rising were probably the best albums in my opinion, with interesting guest vocals and a wide variety even in their minimalist style. I was always surprised that they weren't more well known given their talent.

DIV disappeared for awhile, and then came out with Trans-Love Energies in 2011, and by then, their sound had shifted to minimalist electronica with very few vocals; no more acid rock or catchy guitar riffs. Several years later, this offering continues to strip away their catchy melodies in favor of slow drones, which is an apt record label...

The melodies just aren't there to keep this album interesting, catchy, or fresh. If you want to meditate and/or just zone out to minimalist electronica, then this album is a good buy for you. If you've been a fan of Death in Vegas' past albums, like me, you'll be sorely disappointed in the lack of variety or solid melodies to keep the record from drowning in its dullness. Transmission 'transmits' very little of interest to listeners.

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