Artist: ESA [Electronic Substance Abuse]
Album: Burial 10
Release Date: Feb 7, 2020
For Fans Of: Hocico, iVardensphere, Psyclon Nine, Author & Punisher, Die Sektor
Dark. Heavy. Tribal. Complex. Layered. Visceral.
These are all adjectives that come to mind when trying to describe the sound of ESA (aka Jamie Blacke, also a collaborator with iVardensphere), who has returned in 2020 with his latest offering of bizarre industrial music.
This is actually an artist who I discovered from doing my radio show, The Splatterhouse with [DJWILLKILL] on WIDR FM. ESA has consistently put out quality releases since before the day I started paying attention.
If you aren't already into Industrial type music by now, this isn't exactly what I'd suggest as
"Easy Listening," as this is a very dark and complicated record. But on my end, after listening to the singles before it came out, all I could think was "Wow, this is EXACTLY what I want from Electronic music right now."
I'd hazard a guess that anyone who's already into this would agree.
Some of the tracks are a little more straightforward and accessible, such as the clubby "You Are Safe Here," which also features Caitlin Corlyx from the band Corlyx, but most of the rest are going to require some attentive listening on your end.
Even though I'm currently on hiatus from my own radio show, I'm still gonna go ahead and say that at this time in June, Burial 10 is still the best Industrial music album to come out so far in 2020.
I'd recommend putting on some good speakers or headphones to really appreciate the complexities of each track. It'll be quite a journey, and a worthwhile one at that. Now it's up to you to take that first step.
-Will Kriss // [DJWILLKILL]