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State of Being 

III From Implosion (self-released)

When State of Being formed some 10 years ago, industrial rock had made it out of the clubs and onto the charts. Like Ministry and Nine Inch Nails, State of Being combined noisy guitars with techno beats on now out-of-print cassettes such as Function, Derivative, and Knotted in Chains. At the height of its popularity, the band (singer-guitarist Christopher Földi, keyboardist Shara Lynn Földi, singer-guitarist Scott Földi, drummer Johanna Y, and bassist-keyboardist Miss Rayanne) opened shows for the Church and Chemlab. After a short hiatus, SOB has returned with its first release since 1998's EP "Static in My Brain." "III From Implosion" serves as a teaser to the band's third full-length album, Implosion, which is still at the tweaking stage. The six-song EP features three cuts off the soon-to-be-released album as well as three remixes from the State of Being vaults.

The band sounds something like a cross between the industrial rock of Gravity Kills and the new wave/pop of a Flock of Seagulls. The new songs, particularly "Fall," featuring the guttural refrain "Bum, bum, bump," are infectious, suggesting the group has started to embrace pop music more than industrial. The remixes play up the dark, Gothic elements of the band's music ("X Approaching -1" was remixed by Stabbing Westward drummer Andy Kubiszewski in a version dubbed "The Suicide 86 Remix"). However, the poppier new material actually serves the unintended purpose of showing how little the band has progressed. One would hope that this EP is not indicative of the whole album.

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