Review: Haksal (학살) - Biomechanimal single

First of all, I need to know if anyone would be willing to make Biomechanimal jackets as seen in the art work (based Original Japanese anime film Akira).. Because damn, that would be amazing!

Biomechanimal have until now been known for some hard hitting, heavy tracks that lean a lot more towards the metal side of industrial but with Dubstep hints to keep the dance energy flowing. Here the band present a mid-tempo modular synthetic offering that feels more at home in the shadowy places of synthetic music. Haksal still retains those Dubstep hooks whilst flirting EDM hints, pulling away from their traditional sound; even more so as this track has no vocals for a change.

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As a track it's like a modular (pardon the pun) tactical bag. It has depth, power, style, but most importantly utility. As seen with the two remixes by E.S.A and Social Kid, Haksal can be chopped, changed, adjusted, added to, re-worked and made to fit almost any adaptation of musical need. In this case, less is indeed more.


Haksal (학살) 02:45

Haksal (학살) (ESA Remix) 05:30

Haksal (학살) (Social Kid Remix) 03:48


Haksal is a very different offering but not unexpected as Biomechanimal continue to push themselves technically. Where it excels is in the two remixes as it pulls the track in two very different directions. Electronic Substance abuse has added the aggressive, heavier industrial beats they are known for to make any rivet or noise head happy. Social Kid however has taken it to the other extreme found in Haksal going further in to the land of Dubstep and popularised styles. All in all, an impressive glimpse of things to come possibly but I am glad that 'Enter the animal' which is their other new track in the pipeline sticks more faithfully to the heavy spine ripping Biomechanimal we know and love.


Technicality: 7.5

Dance factor: 6

Energy: 6.5 Satisfaction: 7

Re-playability: 7

Overall score: 6.8/ 10