- Dais Records
You don't have to be an EBM/electro-industrial connoisseur to hear how the odd meter and tinny beat on "Transitions" recalls Nine Inch Nails' 1994 classic "March of the Pigs." A duo consisting of life partners Sara Taylor and Ryan George, Youth Code has worked with latter-day NIN member Joshua Eustis in the past (he produced 2015's A Place to Stand EP), so the connection is fitting. Taylor's harsh, bile-spitting screech doesn't quite veer into the gnashing abrasion of industrial metal acts like Nailbomb and Godflesh, but Youth Code and producer Rhys Fulber summon the same hateful spirit. There's one significant difference: Taylor aims above and beyond solipsistic rage with her lyrics, which none-too-obliquely capture the extreme discomfort of a person who feels at war with their own body.
Elsewhere on "Transitions," the echoes of early-stage Ministry and other seminal Wax Trax artists are as evident as on Youth Code's 2013 self-titled debut. This time, Fulber helps get the sound closer to the back-alley aluminum clang typical of the period, complemented by a dramatically increased measure of polish and space. "Transitions" brings attitude and style back to angsty music, while also infusing it with substance and empathy.