“Conclusion”, ironically enough, is a record that just leaves you craving the next offering, with a sound alternating from the alien of Beefcake and retro-club of Oil10 to the lo-fi of Tarmvred. Don’t let the comparisons fool you though, as the musical work here certainly has its own character and sound, managing to offer great continuity as an album without sounding repetitive.
The album is much of what we have come to expect from UK musician Tony Young – driving orchestral compositions punctuated by powerful piano chords and pressing guitar, all supported by tight rhythms and wrapped in shimmering strings. Let us hope that what is brewing quietly in the incidental aspects of this album can unfurl in new, greater directions in the future.
As a sound research laboratory, it must be recognized that “Memory Gospel” holds a wealth of valuable material, potentially interesting to fans of the genre, as well as to musicians searching for innovative methodologies of sound manipulation in order to create uncommon sound landscapes and thereby enrich their compositions.
Perhaps it’s just that typical Italian passion shining through that makes Typhoid such a pleasure to listen to, perhaps it’s subliminal programming via music. I’m even willing to accept that it could be clever composition, careful production and intelligent application of rhythm. The fact remains that “Simulazione Di Divinità” is an absolutely lovely album and one I’ll revisit regularly.
Kifoth deliver, on “Violence Corporation”, pretty standard fare in the realm of electro-industrial. This is not to say that it’s more of the same formulaic harsh dance music – on the contrary, Kifoth manage, despite the sonically limited nature of their chosen medium/genre, to offer up, in varying degrees, doses of aggression, socio-political commentary and, believe it or not, fun.
If the pedestrian approach is overlooked, it soon becomes obvious that actual talent has been engaged and awoken in the assembly of the music. Sequencing, construction and arrangement are all crystal clear and tight, as is the mastering and levelling of the completed tracks. The instrumentation is also, for the most part, well defined.
At each crossroads you can find the beauty meeting the beast, and pleasant whispers suddenly pierced by incredible roughness. The world enters a new era with so many artefacts within an artefact that itself deserves to be excavated with special care.
If you’re a Cubanate fan, this is “Oxyacetylene” on steroids. Furthermore, if you’re a Pitchshifter, Prodigy or Pendulum fan, this is something that will recharge your ‘dead battery’. Easily the best release in the last couple of years, this is an album to own.
This album absolutely deserves not to be forgotten on some ‘too experimental’ music shelf and should be recognized as a solid attempt to add something new to the overpopulated world of contemporary electronic music, adding grace, meaning and warmth to a genre that often misses these aspects.
“Out For Blood” is more than just a nostalgic industrial record. It’s a powerful album, brimming with emotional performances and something that stands out in comparison with what most so-called industrial acts are putting together in their parents’ basements nowadays.