This second album from the Panzer AG project doesn’t only indicate Andy LaPlegua’s rate of work (his fourth album from a solo project in as many years) but also a willingness to experiment. Stepping back from the war-inspired EBM, we instead witness sound closer to the more electronic works of NIN and Marilyn Manson – the most accessible face of industrial rock finally attempted by a predominantly electronic musician. Guitars DO feature, but are no means the dominant instrument. Violins feature on four tracks (including the otherwise Combichrist-esque album closer ‘When I Am You’), and there’s also an operatic moment on ‘Mother’, which was probably unexpected by most.
It’s therefore a valid attempt at the style, but if it has a flaw, is that some of the songs sound rather ‘gimmicky’ – ‘Aenimal’ features an overly-cheesy cheerleader-style spelling of ‘F-U-C-K-H-E-A-D’, whilst ‘Tip The Dancer’ is a catchy but shallow tribute to strip clubs. The album is still very enjoyable to actually listen to, though – ‘Machinegun GoGo’ and ‘Crash N Burn’ prove to be the most successful attempts at the sub-gothic electro-rock forming this albums core, ‘Among The Few’ and ‘Not Too Late’ are reasonable enough slow tracks, and the album as a whole proves to be an enjoyable listen, even if it’s clear that Andy LaPlegua still often takes the ‘easy route’ when it comes to coming up with hooks.