The global maelstrom that arose from the pandemic and societal unrest in 2020 served as a dark muse for Black Agent, inspiring a visceral response to the sociopolitical chaos. Yet, the personal has risen to challenge and counterbalance the political in their latest work.
“Lyrically, Dehumanized deals more with the personal tragedies I’ve faced in the last year,” said lead vocalist Pit.
Re: Mission Entertainment unveils a new offering, Dehumanized, the latest album from Seattle industrialists Black Agent. This follow-up strides gallantly in the echoing footsteps of their lauded 2022 debut, Industrial Ruination.
Dehumanized throbs with the rhythmic lifeblood of Black Agent’s signature sound; thunderous beats, and shrieking guitars, draped with the ghostly wails of spectral synthesizers, creating a harmonious cacophony. Their incisive and socially-aware lyrical content, a searing brand in the consciousness of listeners, never fails to impress. Skinny Puppy and the innovative Wax Trax! label come to mind when one delves into the intricate depths of Black Agent.
A private tragedy shadowed the past year, as the mother of Pit’s children took her life. This heartbreaking loss birthed poignant elegies such as Frozen Flowers, Broken Mind, and Shot Down. Each track stands as a testament to their journey, confronting the ghostly adversaries of mental illness and the insatiable maw of drug addiction. They do so with a raw and unblinking honesty, shedding light on these often-ignored facets of our modern society, a courageous display of vulnerability. Dehumanized also houses the single Parasite Receiver, a ruthless exposition of religious falsity and a bold critique of the ongoing attacks on reproductive rights across the American landscape.
The album is available on digital streaming, CD, and picture disc vinyl.
Black Agent began in 2016 as the solo project of Lawrence Kleinke. In 2019, multi-instrumentalist Neil Parker and vocalist J Pit joined Kleinke and rounded out Black Agent’s sonic palette to mirror the EBM and Post-Industrial beats of the late 1980s.
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