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REVIEW: The New Regime – ‘Exhibit A’

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The New Regime - Exhibit A Album ArtNowadays it feels like almost anyone could release a solo album but it doesn’t mean it’ll turn out on a positive note—musician or not. Musician Ilan Rubin has held some respectable titles under his belt drumming for notable bands like Nine Inch Nails, Paramore, The Lostprophets and Angels & Airwaves. It is not surprising to hear Rubin took it upon himself to create his own solo project and is now on his third album release with “Exhibit A” debuting this 7th of May.

With an array of experience, Rubin’s album starts off with a heavy Nine Inch Nail influence. The first track, ‘Hope Is Gone’ doesn’t necessarily embody a typical industrial track with noise distortion, but the distorted guitars create a dissonance with the alternative drive the song vibes off and with Rubin’s soft vocal harmonies.

As the album progresses into its tracks, the instruments overtake Rubin’s lyrics and make it easy for the listener to get lost in the musical arrangements filled of distortion. After a few tracks, it starts feeling repetitive, but the entire album takes a full turn once ‘Daydream’ kicks in.

‘Daydream’ is the most outstanding track on the album. Unlike the rest of the tracks that place a greater emphasis on the music than the lyrics, Rubin’s lyrics are at the forefront of this track—not lost in the distortion of guitars and a percussion beat. The lyrics drive the song and are backed by a steady beat that’s catchy but still has a hint of experimental flare.

One track that strays from the musical theme of the album is “Say What You Will.” The track starts off with an upbeat guitar stroke later followed by Rubin’s enthralling voice.

In contrast to the rest of the tracks, instead of utilizing synthesizers and other instruments to create an industrial-like sound, it’s guitar driven and thrives on simplistic percussion beats. This track wouldn’t be representative of the entire album, but it exemplifies how Rubin applied his array of experience and creates respectable tracks.

The album closes off with “Know How It Feels,” an acoustic ditty, again throwing off listeners at the album’s diversity. Despite the sudden shift in rhythm, the acoustic number wraps up the album perfectly, creating a soothing ending to an album driven with synthesizers and snazzy guitar effects.

The album’s eight tracks are a great mix of fast-paced, progressive and haunting material that is alluring to the ears. Rubin has used his experience with bands like Nine Inch Nails and Angeles & Airwaves to create a noteworthy album that will leave audiences eager to hear what else Rubin will bring to the airwaves.

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