Blitzkrieg Baby: Kid’s World EP

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Blitzkrieg Baby: Kids' World
Experimental Black Metal, Industrial, Neo-Folk, Post-Punk
Beläten Records
February 28th, 2014
Release length: 40:52
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Blitzkrieg Baby is an Industrial group from Oslo, Norway who is known for not sticking to “genre conformity.” Aside the aforementioned roots, the band has been known to throw around some Black Metal (more Experimental than anything), Post-Punk, even Synthpop according to some press materials out there. Originally formed by Kim Sølve, this “pig-shaped tumor” as their Facebook describes has added Mr. B, Anders B (Mind & Flesh), and Bjelma (Yurei) to the fold. After a number of years, they entered the studio to recording their full-length debut Porcus Norvegicus for Neuropa Records, only to find themselves signed to Beläten Records to unleash the Kids’ World EP which, at over forty minutes, is more like a follow-up album than anything. But is it a solid Industrial entry, or is the dark environment it gives off far too cliché to even care?

Well, Kids World isn’t exactly the cacophony some might expect. Instead, it’s a rather dismal offering. Burdening Industrial and Electronica fill the release to weave a cold, heartless, mechanical, even militaristic landscape that makes the perfect score to a post-apocalyptic police state film. The title of the release suits some of the material as well, often feeling like a poem one might hear during a child’s game. “Broken Child” finds a mixture of spoken word and subtle clean singing that would sound innocent in any other manner. But thanks to the booming steel-like sounds behind it, it becomes twisted, as if a man with no hope slaving away or drowning out the voices in his head. But then that childhood sensation is removed for “Children in Uniform MMXIII,” a militaristic drum beat against a deep synth-fueled Electronic presence that makes it even more oppressive. The louder vocals with a slight echo assert some additional dominance, as if some kind of propaganda during the days of the first or second World War.

But the real meat of this release are the darker pop-laced tracks. “Kids’ World” has a slow marching beat to it with a deep bass presence. Some of the electronic effects in the chorus give it a bleak environment that is matched with louder layered vocals, but the main verses are like a minimal Skinny Puppy, or at the very least like one of the songs performed by The Gravedigger in the film Repo! The Genetic Opera. Most of this can be said for “Your Happy Place” as well, though it sadly isn’t as memorable. Musically it sounds like it was torn from an eighties Horror flick like an entry to the A Nightmare on Elm Street or Return of the Living Dead franchises, but the spoken words just come off cheesy. That might have something to do with how I couldn’t help but picture the episode “Ode to Odie” from the old Garfield and Friends cartoon over it for some reason.

Thankfully “The Swine Supremacy” doesn’t suffer like that, but has common ground musically. The entire performance sounds reminiscent of White Zombie‘s “Black Sunshine,” but really toned down in comparison. Finally there’s “Half Pig Half Man.” This interesting piece has a rich groove behind it through the Industrial effects. The ambience carries a bit of the groups Post-Punk influence to it in a steampunk manner, though the bass keeps a consistent groove throughout after the skipping cassette sounds and white noise at the very start. It also sounds like and Industrialized version of a poetry reading at your local coffee house.

Blitzkrieg Baby does manage to span a couple different styles with this release, all the while sticking to a constant dismal Industrial terrain that captures a police state world of oppression. The Kids’ World EP is an interesting album that offers a nice variety of catchy performances and minimalist Ambience that carries a bit of an artistic touch among the cold and militaristic touches the group brings to the table. Fans of the Industrial, Electronica, or generally dark thematic music will get a kick out of this EP, making this a recording that is not suitable for everyone.

Side A:
01. Kids’ World – 6:05
02. Loop – 5:20
03. The Swine Supremacy – 4:06
04. Those They Could Not Fuck, They Kill – 4:45

Side B:
05. Half Pig Half Man – 3:32
06. Broken Child – 4:37
07. Incinerator Symphony No. 1 – 4:30
08. Children in Uniform MMXIII – 3:23
09. Your Happy Place – 4:34

Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

Blitzkrieg Baby

Digital review copy of this release provided by Beläten Records.