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9/10 Ant Staff review, 26 August 2010
This somehow managed to evade our review pile upon its CD release a few weeks ago. Now it's on on juicy double vinyl so it seemed appropriate for me to tell you how FUCKIN GREAT this album is. Now there is one thing you can say about Mick Harris' output; that is that it's consistent. Any style he applies himself to he seems to master, whether it be isolationist ambient or ultra heavy dubstep (well lets face it, a fair amount of his productions have been proto-dubstep). 2007's 'Stealth' full length seemed to fit into what was happening at the time but with an ultra heavy style that could only be Mick Harris. So is this follow up album more of the same? Well yes and no... Some of the tracks follow the ludicrously heavy mechanical electronic beat template of previous work, however, this time round Ian 'Yan' Tracy has been enlisted to play live drums which Harris has then given the good ole fashioned dub treatment and it really does work well. What I find interesting is why he chose not to play the drums himself? What with him being such an innovative skin thumper back in his Napalm Death Days.... Perhaps he cant drum slow enough, maybe he sees a kick drum and becomes possessed and starts pounding away like Animal from the Muppets and so he had to get his mate in.... Anyway There are some absolute monter tracks on here. For example 'Take Someones Eye Out' is ludicrously heavyweight and would slip in nicely into a mix with some techno. 'LT94' is full of slow thudding and snappy percussion with shuddering bass growls and atmospherics from the darkest void. It's extreme, apocalyptic dub heaven, but then it's Scorn so I would expect nothing less. Seasoned followers will add this to their collection with joy, while newcomers should watch their bassbins. Thoroughly satisfying.
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