‘World On Fire Remixes’ Is A Successful Companion Piece To ‘World On Fire’

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Electronic/industrial music act Blue Eyed Christ will revisit its 2020 album, World on Fire this week so to speak.  The act, founded by producer/engineer John D. Norten, is scheduled to independently release its new EP, World on Fire Remixes Friday.  The 11-song record is technically a Maxi-single, as its body is composed primarily of re-mixes of two of the original album’s songs, ‘World on Fire’ and ‘America H.’  It is an approach that is similar to that taken by Gravity Kills in 1997 in its remix record, Manipulated.  Ironically, the vocals here are quite similar in sound to those of Gravity Kills’ then front man Jeff Scheel.  Getting back on topic, the 47-minute record is an interesting companion to World on Fire, as its re-mixes show.  Among the most notable of the ‘World on Fire’ remixes is the Taylan Psytrance Remix.  It will be discussed shortly.  The Dogtablet Remix of ‘America H,’ which opens the EP, is another of the record’s most notable tracks.  It will be examined a little later.  Also of note here is the Steve OLaf remix of ‘World on Fire.’  It will also be discussed later.  Each remix noted is important in its own way to the whole of this EP.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s featured remixes, the whole makes this EP a presentation that audiences will agree is a mostly welcome companion piece to World on Fire.

Blue Eyed Christ’s forthcoming EP, World on Fire Re-Mixes is an interesting new offering from the electronic/industrial music act.  It is a presentation that audiences will agree is a mostly welcome companion piece to its predecessor, World on Fire.  That is due to the varied remixes of two of the album’s three singles, ‘World on Fire’ and ‘America H.’ The other single not featured here is the song, ‘Massive React.’ Among the most notable of the remixes is the Taylan Psytrance remix of ‘World on Fire.’  While the original composition lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Juno Reactor, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and Lords of Acid, the Taylan Psytrance Remix takes the song in more of an EDM direction with its steady beat, drums, and keyboards.  Audiences can almost see the flashing lights, people dancing, and DJ at the lead as this unique take on the song.  The infectious nature of this arrangement will hopefully get audiences to look past that surface and hear the even more importance lyrical content, which focuses on materialism and consumerism in America.  It really stands out so starkly from the rest of the EP’s remixes of the song.

On another note, the Dogtablet remix of ‘America H’ is the more notable of the only three remixes of that song featured here.  This rendition of the song stands out in part because it maintains the subdued approach taken in the original song while also giving it a new identity.  The use of the electronics and drums here give the remix a somewhat richer take, actually improving on the original to a point.  Even the backing choral effect is used so tastefully here.  The whole gives the song in this case an even more brooding sense that will resonate with listeners even more than the original.  Now none of this is meant to be interpreted that the original is bad by any means.  This remix simply takes what was already good and makes it that much better.  It is just as certain as the original, too, to connect enough with listeners that they will pay attention to the sociopolitical commentary featured in the song’s lyrical theme, too.

Getting back to the even more wide range of ‘World on Fire’ remixes, another that stands out is the Steve OLaf (yes, that is actually how it is listed) remix.  It stands out because it is another EDM style composition, but is completely unlike that of the Taylan Psytrance remix.  Rather, in this case, there is far more Juno Reactor/My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult influence than in that previously examined remix.  It is just as infectious as any of the EP’s other featured remixes, too.  The steady, driving beat, guitars, choral element and gritty but subtle primary vocals makes this rendition of ‘World on Fire’ unique in its own way.  Much as with those other takes, this version takes the song in a surprising direction that will appeal to audiences just as much as its counterparts.  Taking that into consideration along with the other remixes examined here and the rest of the EP’s remixes, the whole makes this record a mostly appealing work that audiences will find is a good companion piece to World on Fire.

Blue Eyed Christ’s forthcoming remix EP, World on Fire Remixes, is a unique presentation that as with its companion record, continues to cement the act’s place even more in the electronic and industrial community.  That is proven from the record’s beginning to its end in each featured remix.  Each of the remixes examined here are just a portion of that which proves the remixes’ value.  When they are considered along with the rest of the EP’s offerings, the whole makes this record a positive companion piece to World on Fire.

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Blue Eyed Christ Debuts New Single, ‘America H’

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Electronic music act Blue Eyed Christ returned this week with its first new music in years.

The act, founded by producer/engineer John D. Norten, debuted its new single ‘America H‘ Monday.  The song, whose musical arrangement will appeal to fans of acts, such as Nine Inch Nails, Gary Numan and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, is featured in the BEC’s forthcoming album World on Fire.  The album is scheduled for release on May 22 through Distortion Productions.

The musical arrangement at the center of ‘American H’ is a subtle keyboard-driven work whose electronics add their own touch to the song’s presentation.  The balance of the keyboards, electronics and vocals makes the song wholly engaging and entertaining from beginning to end of its three-and-a-half-minute opus.

The song’s lyrical content is part of a bigger commentary that encompasses the album, which is overall, a concept album.

Norten talked the concept behind the song in a recent interview.

“‘America H’ is about sifting through the noise of the media and content we consume every day, how everything we surround ourselves with influences us,” he said. “There’s also an Orwellian tone to it that I expect will seem more relevant as things progress like government surveillance, civil liberties, etc.”

Additionally, Norten talked about the overarching concept at the center of the album.

World on Fire is a loosely based concept album about the state of the world that combines the energy and political anthems of my first album mixed with the personal themes I’m also known for,” he said.  “It’s the combustion of everything I’ve done on the first 4 albums. When I started writing it, I really didn’t realize how prophetic it would become as things continue to unravel and become more polarized and extreme; I thought I was writing an album about the dystopian world we live in, but then realized I was also writing a deeply personal album about the collective human experience. It’s about trying to make sense of everything being thrown at you and finding out where you fit in.”

World on Fire is Blue Eyed Christ’s fifth album and his first in six years.  Pre-orders are open now for the 11-song album through Distortion Productions’ official website and through Blue Eyed Christ’s official Bandcamp page.  The record’s track listing is noted below.

 

Track List:
1. Start the Show
2. Stop the Show!
3. America H
4. Manic Adderall (Nation of the Damned)
5. Massive React
6. Take It the the Streets
7. World on Fire (Feat. En Esch and Mea Fisher)
8. The System Pt. 1
9. The System Pt. 2
10. The Wait is Over (Feat. Swindy)
11. The Slow Reverse

 

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