The French Gothic Metal/Industrial Rock outfit PORN (yes, you read that correctly) are set to release their fourth studio album ‘The Darkest of Human Desires – Act II’, the second act of a trilogy based on the enigmatic character Mr Strangler.

In this second act, you can hear some of the most scariest serial killers and murderers : Richard Ramirez, Ed Kemper, Charles Manson, Richard Schaeffer, and Jeffrey Dahmer. This is an experience that will excite not only fans of the gothic metal/industrial rock genres, but horror fans alike. Not only does it feature these prominent voices from the darker side of history, but The album is the first collaboration between PORN and Tom Baker, who mastered many mythic albums : Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson, Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails, Psalm 69 by Ministry, and Hellbilly Deluxe by Rob Zombie, just to name a few (and you will hear these tones, and nuances throughout).


The maniacal madness behind PORN is comprised of Mr Strangler (vocals/drums programming/synth), The One (guitar/synth), The Priest (bass), and Zinzin Stiopa (secondary guitar). An eclectic group, I know!

The album definitely opens with gusto! The combination of instrumentals, electronics and samples throughout make ‘Choose Your Last Words’ a darkened rock/industrial work of brilliance. Midway through there’s a section of spoken word, which is gothic in tone and synonymous to that of Type O Negative, which fits the atmosphere of the song brilliantly. The guitars, although simplistic, carry a smooth rhythm throughout and intertwine with the synth-sounds seamlessly. A strong start to what is, hopefully, a killer album!

‘Evil 6 Evil’ presents a softer in tone (in comparison to the previous track), which could quite easily be likened to that of HIM. The electronics are still present, but not as prominent as earlier, which places a lot more emphasis on the vocals (which are brilliant, mind you) and the instrumentals. This is somewhat of a calming performance, which might shock some listeners given the genre – and the overall deliverance is superb.

The opening drum line in ‘Here For Love’, paired with the guitars that sneak their way in seamlessly, instantly shifts to a more brooding atmosphere, which is where PORN seem to find familiarity and comfort (and, as a listener, is an absolute treat!). There’s a lot more grunt to the guitars throughout, which doesn’t only lend a heavier tone, but highlights the accents in Strangler’s vocals, which is a perfect pairing. ‘Tonight, Forever Bound’ returns to the familiar Type O Negative vibes that were experienced earlier with ‘Choose Your Last Words’ – the almost spoken word (with earthy, bass driven tone) is complemented with the guitar work which is, admittedly, almost hypnotic. You can definitely feel where they pull inspiration from and, better yet, they translate that inspiration into something magical, however sinister it may sound.

Electronics and samples return (in quite a big way) with ‘Remorse For What’, whilst maintaining that sinister atmosphere that PORN have presented throughout so far – surprisingly, the pairing is rather pleasant. There’s definitely an essence of Rob Zombie laced throughout, with spoken word (seemingly played through radio) clinging to each note. ‘My Rotten Realm’ takes the pace of the album and turns it on its head – it’s not a blistering speed, but in comparison to what we’ve listened to up until this point, it’s quite fast – which is an unexpected, but great, change. They don’t allow themselves to fall into the trap of allowing the electronics to carry them to the end, and the instrumentals (especially the maniacal double bass of the drums, wow!) are superb to listen to.

‘Eternally In Me’ sees the more bass drenched vocals come back into the fold (which are brilliant, mind you), and combine with the synthesised ambiance perfectly. Almost a throwback to the darker synth tones that were highlighted in 80s horror (which is a familiar place for myself, so I find the sound absolutely riveting!) Ironically, ‘The Radiance Of All That Shines’ radiates some of the most sinister synthesised tones that the album has seen thus far. Spoken word breaks through the heavy tones, and the light playing of guitar cuts the tension with sharp precision – great music doesn’t have to be all about over exuberant guitar solos, or smacking the shit out of a drum kit, and this is proof of that notion.

The instrumentals feature a lot more prominently in ‘Abstinent Killer’, whilst maintaining the consistent sound that PORN have delivered throughout the album. I know I’ve spoken to Strangler’s  vocals a few times already, but they definitely are a set of pipes to admire; whilst they might be heavy, they’re clean and create great harmony with the instrumentals. The album rounds out with ‘The Last Of A Million’, which sticks to the formula that PORN have showcased throughout this performance (and if we are being serious, this is definitely a winning formula, at that). They really have nailed the electronic/instrumental partnership, which is something a lot of bands before them have failed to comprehend.

This album definitely presents itself as a double-edged sword; whilst it sticks to its formula throughout it might not be the album for everyone (people who aren’t fans of the genre might find it lacking), what they’ve presented is an absolutely solid performance that people really need to sit down and listen to. Well, let’s be serious, everyone’s watched some porn in their lifetime … now it’s time to sit back and appreciate PORN for what they’re worth; a sinister sound with killer precision!

THE DARKEST OF HUMAN DESIRES – ACT II IS AVAILABLE NOW! GRAB YOUR COPY HERE!!