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Regen Magazine review of Digital Instrumental Pack
December 14, 2009
Instrumental versions of some of Empty's best songs as a thank you to the fans while also proving the band's musical mettle.
In 2005, Aaron Potter and Daniel Brunet began working under the moniker of Empty, and since that time, have steadily built up a reputation in the electro/industrial community for their hard-hitting mix of aggressive dance floor rhythms with ambient melodies. With this Digital Instrumental Pack release, Empty presents eight tracks from a small but powerful catalog, removing the vocals and allowing the music alone to stand on its own. As such, the release is offered as a free download as a sign of appreciation to the fans, and just as well as it would undoubtedly allow for more people to be introduced to Empty's ever developing sound. "Searching" begins as a two-minute introduction that is certainly lacking in the absence of vocals and demonstrates Empty's propensity for building atmosphere and tension. The track would fit just as easily as an introductory piece for a live show as it would in the background score to a film, TV show, or perhaps even a video game. "Torn" marches its way through the speakers with a simple but effective bass line, augmented by industrialized rhythms and mechanized ambience not dissimilar to Front 242's heavier moments. The same could be said for "Run Down," which truly could play the role of soundtrack to any cyber thriller or techno action game as its danceable but restrained beats augment samples from Robocop 2 and Pitch Black, driven by gritty bass lines akin to Front Line Assembly, while the ambient drum & bass energy of "Forgotten Dreams" would fit just as well in any DJ's jungle set alongside the likes of Dieselboy or DJ? Acucrack, but is just as soothing in its all-encompassing pads. "Scarred," "Ghost Beside You," and "Alone" follow, giving us more of Empty's catchy bass lines amid deceptively simple beats and waves of thick atmosphere, bringing to mind some of the more introspective moments of Haujobb or the more subtly malevolent side of FLA, but "Castrated" amps things up with its dance floor-ready pulse, complete with gritty guitar tones in the chorus. Ultimately, this collection is for Empty fans that enjoy the prospect of hearing some of their favorite songs in a new light. Without the vocals, it's hard to say how many new fans Digital Instrumental Pack would pick up, although the fact that the music can serve to fill anybody's soundtrack needs does bode well for Empty to seek out some potential licensing in the future. Who knows?
Rating: 3/5 (60%)