Belief Defect

Live at the Regent Theatre

Downtown Los Angeles, CA

September 15th, 2018

Review and photos by Travis Baumann

Belief Defect are a farely new project that delves into danceable industrial sound scapes with nods to power noise and EBM. They utilize massively deep distortion and heavy bass and percussion that you can feel through your body. While not featuring vocals, they do have well-placed vocals samples on some songs.

Belief Defect were special guests of Black Line providing over an hour of intense music as the sole opening act. It was a bit tricky to find out who Belief Defect were but with a little digging, the duo are Luis Flores, originally out of Guadalajara, Mexico but now living in Berlin, and Moe Espinoza, also known as Drumcell.

The two are apparently globally known producers and musicians creating all sorts of electronic songs that fall into as many different sub-genres, and both sporting quite a few monikers for each of their different projects.

Belief Defect live featured the two artists facing off over a raised platform filled with modular synths, control surfaces, and trigger devices. Expertly put together video projections accompanied each song, starting sparse with growing representations of sonic waves, eventually turning into more thematic pieces including a video montage of Molotov cocktail usage, and a very trippy animation giving life to Heironymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights".

Belief Defect put out a full length album last year called "Decadent Yet Depraved" on the Raster label and it felt like we got to see a good portion if not the entire release this night. I tried to pick it up at the merch booth but they only had vinyl available (luckily it is streaming online).

I was happy I got there in time to check them out as they really put out some intense, moving songs to say the least.

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