PORN - From The Void To The Infinite

Porn - From The Void To The Infinite

11 songs
42:10 minutes
***** *
(self released)


Founded in 1999, Porn from Lyon have never made a secret of their influences: Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure. The latter’s album Pornography even inspired the band name. Porn were featured on some compilations and released a couple of albums and EP until 2005 when they went on hiatus. Last year they came back with the retrospective compilation A Decade In Glitter And Danger, while working hard on their comeback album From The Void To The Infinite which now finally saw the light of day.

Porn definitely have a talent for good songwriting, and their industrial rock sound, spiced with understandable wave elements (especially the synthesizers), has a lightness that give the material all it takes to be played in every self-respecting Nineties dark disco. And that’s maybe where the problem lies. When Porn were founded, the heyday of their genre was already quietly dying, and now in the new millennium, you really have a hard time believing that this is an actually new album. Maybe that’s not so problematic for fans of black clad musicians with dark eyeliner makeup, but as I have never had too much to do with wave music, it all sounds a little dated to me. Mostly this feels like the tamer sides of Nine Inch Nails and Stabbing Westwards, and I doubt that the latter are even around these days.

This doesn’t mean that From The Void To The Infinite is a bad album, and it certainly has redeeming value for their targeted clientele. Most of the tracks follow a similar recipe by concocting catchy industrial rock songs that lack the clinical sterility of the purer kind. The band is speeding things up though on the short We’re Weapons (Shoot Your Leaders) which is a nice change but could have benefitted from a more powerful production. Then there’s two even shorter experimental tracks that give the impression that their only goal is to pad the album’s length. The physical copy comes with a cover version of – off course – The Cure’s Lullaby X which works really well.

I don’t find any blame with the material per se, except that it feels too much like coming from many years past. Nostalgic new wave and industrial rock fans might not be deterred by that, but anyone looking for new impulses will find themselves at the wrong address. For black clad night dwellers only!

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