After listening to ‘Neon Klaatu’ I wasn’t really sure I should write a review and include it on my site despite the fact that Giskard claims to be some form of rock or metal. Giskard implements the use of electronic music…and by implement I mean their sound is about 90% techno/electronic type of sounds. I have listened to other metal bands that also incorporate dance or techno type stylings in their music but still retain a heavy edge or at least I can still think of them as being metal oriented. I however can’t say the same for Giskard.
In Giskard’s bio they claim they rely a lot on the synth sound but wanted a real band for their live shows so they didn’t have to rely solely on a pre-programmed backing band for their live shows, which tells me there is already a problem. While the band claims to be a rock oriented outfit the music sounds like pure electronic sounds with very little aggression or rock to it. Also, the singer sounds as if she is transplanted from a 90’s alternative band and placed in this band.
I really don’t know what to say about ‘Neon Klaatu’ other than the fact it is not metal or rock. I wouldn’t really call a particularly good electronic album either though I’m not an expert in that genre but I do know what a catchy song is and this album doesn’t really have anything catchy for me on it.
If you as a reader want a metal band that incorporates the techno/electronic/dance sounds in a good way try bands like Russia’s Xe-None and Finland’s Turmion Kätilöt for much more pleasurable experience.