9/10 Ant Staff review, 19 August 2010
Mike Dred AKA The Kosmik Kommando has been rocking floors since the early 90's recording for Rephlex, R&S, Diatomyc, Analog and his own Machine Codes label which has been dormant for 13 years... Until now! The A side; 'Torment Of Tartarus (Theme From The Analogue Thumper)' is an slamming four to the floor industrial hard techno banger. A wickedly raw and infectious analog assault on the senses. The pounding kick drum is guaranteed to make those warehouse walls shudder. The riff is a screamer while some analogue bleeps and synths dynamically warp around the percussion. A real head rinser of a tune. 'Pass Of Achereon' on the flip is a fine juxtaposition to the A-side; A warm and melodic fresh spacey electro cut that will appeal to fans old and new. I've heard this a fair few times now and it still continues to grow on me. 'Centaurs Of The 7th Coil' is an itchy hyper techno/ electro hybrid full of tension and release energy. A unique sounding tune for sure. The usual pristine production and high attention to detail are all on full display here. Cut on quality red vinyl with large extended run in grooves for handling so not to touch those precious grooves.
10/10 doppler Customer review,
i perhaps could have been one of the first few to hear the A side of this record, in some dingy ctormented lub in the heart of san francisco a year ago. rocking a steady groove with a sampler and a couple 303s, i was entirely unprepared for the onstage artist thus to come with the Torment of Tartarus. this rabid, ultraviolent animal came across the PA and tore it's fangs inimmediately to me. it howled and screamed and whipped the entire crowd into submission, widening eyes, begetting strange, awkward laughs, but immediately pitching yours truly into a fever of violence cum slamdance. if there is a essay anywhere on the relationship between sound, the mind, emotion and the transmission of signals to the body to produce rythmic, tracking movement, then this would have to be the primo validating subject as far as i'm concerned. it's extremely compelling. worth the cost of admission alone, this latest A-side and further EP from the Kommando is sure to mess up heads.
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