Front man Nathan Reiner’s band, Third Realm, has received international recognition through club/radio play, film placement and has shared the stage with some notable bands such as Psyclon Nine, Dawn of Ashes, Voltaire, VOWS (Formerly WAZU), Ghostfeeder, Espermachine and MyParasites.
Daydreams and Nightmares the latest album by Third Realm was released 18th November 2013. Third Realm has built its reputation on a mix of EBM, hard beats and deep, melodic and sometimes monotone yet dramatic vocals .
Now Nathan is back with his side project, Sinister Device and the album “Torture Chamber”. This is the debut album from the creator of Third Realm. A war has materialized within the mind of the beholder; the time has come to fight fire with fire. They say there is light at the end of the tunnel; there is only one way to find out. Dark menacing atmospheres bleeding underneath heavy distorted beats pave way for the tortured screams and chanting of Nathan Reiner, the journey has begun. “Torture Chamber” picks up where Third Realm’s 2009 hit album “Love is the Devil” left off.
The latest offering from the purveyor of ultra-heavy beats Nathan Reiner, is a bombastic musical miscellany and another indelible mark on the walls of society. Sinister Device kicks it off with the snarky track, Pseudologia Fantastica which delivers instant payoff for long-term fans of Third Realm and newbies alike, then delves into electronic mayhem, seamlessly blending Reiner’s anarchic signature sound with elements of Aggrotech, Industrial, and EBM.
Relentlessly pouncing headlong into bone-chilling, banging tracks like Puppets of Society, Meet Your Maker, Do or Die and Never Again, or acid-melting slow burners like You’ll Never Take My Soul Alive Sinister Device exposes the harsh and dark underbelly of society s shortcomings.
This time around it seems Nathan Reiner has switched whatever type of drum programming he uses as on here the beats don’t blast you over the head, but still kick deep and hard. The synths and bass also seem to have more room to breathe, while the synths themselves are rich and vintage sounding.
The beats are tight and infectious, the arrangements beautifully layered, and the screaming or whispering vocals blend perfectly. There seems to be a very slight shift in style from Reiner’s previous releases and I love it. It’s fresh, but at the same time completely retains his signature style.
Do yourselves a favor and get this album. Torture Chamber by Sinister Device will light a fire under your ass as Nathan Reiner continues to evolve and explore with his newest release. While I’ve only just listened to the whole album a few times so far, it’s got high replay value. Very layered and textured, it has the total impact of a badass symphonic orchestra being guided by a chainsaw-wielding musical director. This is Industrial rock at its best!
In a time when every college-kid with a computer thinks they’re the modern Mozart, it’s nice to have the real thing!