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"The vocals are really on point, and the club fun factor permeates from the first note until the last."
"This is a fine and consistantly good release for the Synth-/Alternative-Pop genre, thumbs up!"
"It pummels their debut with 12 beautifully lined tracks that finally provide us with a personal insight into [SoR's] world."
"Son of Rust are fine by me; I'm always a sucker for a toe-tapping gothic-rock platter, especially with tracks as catchy as..."
"...opens slowly and then shifts into overdrive, its synthetic rhythms charging like galloping horses."
"Vicious Cycles", Son of Rust's sophomore effort, explores the idea of freedom. Is it surrendering to ones id or baser desires? Is it achievable by sheer will or faith? Can you give yourself to another and find yourself complete? Are you ever truly free if your life is defined by repetition?
"Vicious Cycles" Includes the up-tempo, hard hitting EBM dance floor thumpers "The World You Live In" and "Falling Down", as well as old school synth-pop stylings in "Violator", "Discordia" and "Alien Taste". Rounding out the mix are 80's industrial throw-back "Welcome to Chaos" and modern-era new wave revival "The Highest Cost".
Unlike many modern electronic albums, the 12-track "Vicious Cycles" contains very little filler. Work on this album began shortly after "Six Years" left off, so each track has had a chance to benefit from ample love and meticulous attention to detail. Add to that mastering by one of the industries most well known engineers, Mike Marsh of The Exchange UK (Depeche Mode, Mesh, Pet Shop Boys, etc), and you've got a sonic experience you can really sink your teeth into.