Cease2xist – Zero Future (2017)
Cease2xist are part of a new wave of British industrial artists, a younger force bringing a much more modern and refreshed attitude to alternative electronic music. The band represents one of the more aggressive protagonists, brandishing a vitriolic take on electro-industrial, spearheaded by frontman Dayve Yates’s punk-metal vocal attack.
Zero Future, the band’s third release, finds Cease2xist in more streamlined form. There’s a more direct and focussed blitz on display here than before. Furthermore, this is probably the bleakest and darkest material produced by the band. Songs like “Make The World A Bitter Place” and “Mechanical Medicine” seethe with an industrial rage that will inevitably destroy clubs. When the music is given more room to breathe, such as on the restrained “Augury and Innocence”, we can hear Cease2xist relish in their darker side. “Dirty World” is a definite highlight on the album too, with a chorus built on a huge noisy, distorted synth line that just shreds, and Yates’s towering vocal taking centre stage. Impressive stuff. “Take Comfort In The Void” is also an absolute killer, again demonstrating the band’s ability to construct aggressive industrial textures while maintaining a melodic groove too. The album closes with the crunchy and mechanical downtempo vibe of title track “Zero Future”, a suitably ominous conclusion.
Zero Future is an excellent dark, electro-industrial album, with the band shining most grimly when unleashing its inner rage. Recommended listening.
Available from Armalyte Industries on Bandcamp here.