Davantage failed to impress me the first time with their debut album, Broken Influences. Unholy generously offers 13 tracks of some of the best dark electro I have heard in a while. Title track, “Unholy,” sold me instantly with stunning dance-floor beats and anthem electro. “T.C.A.” and “Davantage 03″ bring more standard heavy 4/4 rhythms and then slow down on “Quite Ecstatic.” Davantage manages to throw in a cover of the German punk band, Skeptiker’s, “Ja, Ja, Ja,” which sounds much like what I would expect Nitzer Ebb to sound like today—the good stuff, that is. Remixes from Suicide Commando, EchoRausch and Soman throw even more fun into the EP that showcases what’s to come on the full-length, Split & Shatter. It’s exciting to see a band reach their full potential and release something that nails it like Unholy.
This review originally appeared in Modus Operandi, August 2004, Issue 188.