Brief history: in 1991 a three-man band was formed under the name Relic. Three years and one demo-tape later the band quit, and a new band in the vein of Relic, called Veivi, was formed by two of the members. In 2007 Relic "reunited" with the original line-up, and the name was changed to Relication. This far the group has released just this one album under the new name.
The band refers to their music as "pre-industrial metal", and it's actually a pretty accurate description as they create their music using only a guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, meaning that there's no synths or industrial sounds on this record, except for a couple small parts in which they have a small role in enchancing the mood. The guitars have a cold, really distorted and one might say electric sound, one that creates a vast and powerful sound with feeling but keeping all the riffs still well audible. The bass sound is just plain awesome; really powerful and a bit distorted, adding a lot power to the songs and the soundscape in general. It has a good amount of room in the mix, adding a good amount of additional rhythmic value to the songs. The drum work is also really good, but occasionally the bit weak sounds make them sound messy. They could be a bit higher in the mix to prevent such messines, but nonetheless, they do their part. The vocals are low growls aside from a couple more dare I say ethereal parts. They have a good amount of variation to keep things interesting, and they've got enough power in 'em to be credible. The vocalist has a rather personal voice which gives the music more deepness, although they have an amateurish side to them on occasion. The lyrics are mostly audible, but I would've still gladly seen 'em in the booklet.
The songs themselves are around mid-tempo, and as this is industrial metal they're based on rhythms - with some mellow parts to serve as breathing pauses from the beating, naturally. Although the songs are based on repetition, the riffs are so effective that the songs don't feel boring at all. The riffs don't sound complex, but it can really be heard that the composer really knows what he's doing. The patterns vary from short repetitive "melodies" to simpler, even a bit noisy shredding with some spice from the use of occasional high notes. As the bass guitar has a good amount of room, it doesn't follow the same riffs as the guitar; it has it's own patterns, which adds a good amount of re-listening value to the record. Usually the guitar and bass work together by the bass creating a really rhytmic and catchy pattern, leaving space for the guitar for more free expression in creating the cold soundscape. The drums support these rhythms really well, but as I said earlier, more powerful drum sounds would've helped nicely. The vocals, which are used with great care and thought for the tracks' whole, provide additional catchiness, feeling, and pure headbanging value.
Visually the CD is pleasing, the inhuman and cold cover arts go well with the music and are interesting to examine on their own too. The only flaw in the covers is the only flaw on the whole record; the band self-released and -financed this CD, and recorded it in two days flat. If they had had just a bit better recording equipment and enough time to concentrate on the recording, they could've really polished this record into a diamond.
Nonetheless, the record kills in it's current form too. The guys' vision and experience in making these sounds is undeniably visible, and the songs' catchiness both in the rhythm- and riff-section and the record's short(ish) lenght make this record good for frequent listening. True industrial metal.