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A schizophrenic foreboding electronic masterpiece that reminds us that the machines will eventually take over, through cybernetic manipulation by aliens, and it will not be pretty. Putting every electronic genre into a blender, with splashing of industrial and gothic this completely avoids the brain dead repetition and clichés of most modern electronic music, instead opting to kill you with frenetic rhythms (not breakcore style mashed up, but actually programmed) and an overbearing atmosphere. Like a nightmare blend of Too Dark Park and Aphex Twin.

released 01 July 2013
Recorded between 2011-2013 in Reaper + Reaktor
MUSIC + ARTWORK - KAL SCOTT
LYRICS on SPHEROID - NAGUAL
GIRL VOX - ALMA
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Cal Scott has come a long way. From the seminal death thrash of Necrosanct (one of UK's finest 90's metal exports) to the more textured Microcosm, to the utter insanity that is Umbah (industrial tech-death gothtronica anyone ??), he has dabbled and mastered more genre-fusions and broke more new ground than the majority of metal artists normally mentioned as forward thinking.

This project, essentially takes the drum n bass, dubstep and industrial components of Umbah and runs with it. For people intersted in dark and genuinely experimental yet frentic electronica (that does not reduce to a breakcore mush), this delivers in spades.

The meticulous detail to programming and often breath taking arrangements makes this an involved listen from beginning to end. Infact the level of care here is such that there actually seem to be few sampled beats, and most seem built from the ground up (I know, unbelievable but true). Not to say there are'nt samples , but the music is all original, with the avrious dialogue snippets, noises, industrial klangs and beeps adding to the atmosphere.

The vocals run the gamut from a schizophrenic human to a psychotic alien, yet do not crossover into Umbah's growl/scream territory. Similarily guitars are sparingly used, often to add texture.

The bass on this thing is phenomenal and will surely kill your car's subwoofers, while simultaneously showing up most of today's popular bas sheavy music as light weight pap. I also like how it never caters to the lowest common (dubstep) denominator and always manages to surprise. The synth programming is also top-notch, featuring some textures that could be a synthesis fan's wet dream.

None of that would matter, if this was just a sonic excercise, but the hooks on these songs will embed in your brain like a parasitic alien life-form. Standout songwriting on tracks "Zombie Chemistry" and "Phantom Baest of Pluto's Core" makes this unlike most dark electronica albums I have heard.

Interestingly, the more down-tempo moments bring to mind triphop and ill-bient while still fitting well with the overall theme and soundf of the album.

While my yearly top-ten lists ususally end up having mostly odd metal and bizarre rock albums, this mades its way in there with two listens. Highly recommended !
Entire Album at FLAC , 320 mbps etc :

http://kardah9.bandcamp.com/album/alien-components

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