Son of Rust | Vicious Cycles

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Vicious Cycles

by Son of Rust

Like Nine Inch Nails meets Depeche Mode - moody vocal eletronica with a modernized 80's vibe.
Genre: Electronic: Industrial
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Welcome to Chaos
3:37 $0.99
2. The World You Live In
3:59 $0.99
3. The Highest Cost
3:36 $0.99
4. Violator
4:07 $0.99
5. Discordia
4:04 $0.99
6. Vicious Cycles
4:20 $0.99
7. Just Once
3:59 $0.99
8. Scream
3:14 $0.99
9. Falling Down
3:49 $0.99
10. Alien Taste
4:58 $0.99
11. To Be Free
7:04 $0.99
12. Another Beautiful Tragedy
5:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
In a secret government experiment gone horribly awry, a boy raised by machines to be the ultimate in scientific accomplishment was released into the wild years early due to a lack of funding and general loss of interest. Blinking in the harsh light, alone, isolated and disoriented he wanders the landscape in search of a home - machines his only trusted friends and confidants.

"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.



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There have only been a few albums that remain in my cd player as long as Son of Rusts, Vicious Cycles. Mesh's "Who Watches over me" and "Wrath" from Iris come to mind. I load up the cd again and the visualizations on my pc sync up perfectly, moving in chorus with the first track of Vicious Cycles. Yep, another smile on my face and the feeling that it's going to remain in there for another long while!

This is the second full length release from Justin Coope, the man behind the name, Son of Rust. SoR continues to possess a quality of sound that appeals to those from a variety of different musical backgrounds. It's one of those albums where, in one listen, you'll want to stomp around the floor and in another; you'll want to listen to the words. He's found a unique spot in the vocal electronic scene with elements that range from that of Depeche Mode to Nine Inch Nails to Mesh. Vicious Cycles is EBM, Industrial 80's with dark and new wave thrown all over. The percussion, throughout most of the album, is clearly rooted in the dark wave, industrial ground and the entire album is made unmistakable with his unique use of the guitar.

Much of the appeal of Vicious Cycles is in the genuineness of Mr. Coopes vocals and how he drapes them over some painfully real lyrics. I've become a big fan of Justin's signature synth sounds with his first release "Six Years of Gene Therapy". The live performances are amazing and compliment those SoR has shared the stage with like Iris and Information Society. I'm truly excited about seeing this album performed live later this year when they share the stage with Assemblage 23 and James D. Stark.

Although "Six Years of Gene Thearpy" did collect itself over that "6" year creative period, Vicious Cycles is a clearly an inspired effort happening in the traditional sense of the professional musician, all at once. An effort, like a photograph, where the final product captures the entire story. I've read many fantastic reviews and comments in online forums, myspace, etc. regarding Vicious Cycles and which tracks are everyone's favorites. His fan's opinions cover just about every track on the album. As I said earlier, Vicious Cycles somehow remains undefined yet fits perfectly in this scene as a whole. I was going to list a few of my own personal highlights of the album but I'm listening to Vicious Cycles as I write this and am lost again in Justin's inspired interpretation of humanity. Well done.


I didn't know much about this group till my cousin told me to try them out. I've loved their music since first hearing the song The Highest Cost. It's the only cd I own that I actually enjoy listening to every single song on the cd. This band is just awesome and I'd definitly glad I listened to my cousin and listened to this group. I look forward to more from them as well.