Dive – Underneath

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Out Of Line Music
Distributor/label: http://www.outofline.de/content/index.htm
Released: 2017
Buy Album: https://www.outoflineshop.de/catalogsearch/result/?q=dive+underneath&query=SEARCH%21
Band Website: http://www.dirkivens.com/

Dive - Underneath (3000 x 3000)

Band line-up:

Dirk Ivens
Rafael M. Espinosa
Ivan Iusco

  1. Underneath
  2. Far Away
  3. Sacred Skin
  4. Let Me In
  5. From Behind
  6. Something
  7. Howling Ground
  8. A Man Came
  9. Melt
  10. I Want You


Dirk Ivens has been overlooked when it comes to being one of the pioneers of Belgian Electro/EBM and industrial music for over 30 years. With his numerous projects (The Klinik, Absolute Body Control), he has been putting out music that has influenced many and stood the test of time. His newest album has ten songs that continue this.

Being a fan of his music for many years now, I was happy to see another album coming out and this fulfilled my expectations and more. The album has a retro feel to it, kind of like the music he did years ago, but still sounds fresh and intriguing. The songs are a mix of the upbeat and the more melancholic, but all will make you happy, mostly because he has put so much work into creating a thick soundscape that grabs you. The vocals are perfectly mixed, with the right amount of angst and threat to make the album an interesting mix. You don’t get anything too samey sounding and the ideas are perfectly executed. The electronics have a nice rawness to them at times, and a coldness that adds to the sound and makes things sound a bit spooky in places.

With all the years that he has had to make music, it’s surely a treat to see a new album out there that doesn’t sound like it’s trying too hard to be cool. I love hearing people continuing on and coming up new and exciting music and not just trying to rehash the old stuff or try to be something other than what they do best just to sell a few more albums. An original that is welcomed back with open ears.

Review by Rick Ecker