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