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- Exstinctio Conscientia by Ancient Methods Vs. Kareem
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I’ve got to admit all this techno business really isn’t my area of expertise since I don’t really get on with other robots but it’s what we’ve got in the office to review at this point in the week and beggars can’t be choosy. Anyway, on the plus side this isn’t just any techno record, it’s a couple of bods so renowned that even I have heard of them going head-to-head for their own interpretations of two tracks, on a pretty awesome-looking slab of leaden metallic vinyl.
On the first side we’ve got ‘Zealots’, starting with Kareem’s pulsating interpretation with cosmic synth touches and a beat which builds to a chaotic industrial grind. Ancient Methods’ offering follows and is murkier and twitchier but still heavily layered and aimed directly for your feet, with booming beats and glassy space drones.
Flip it and Ancient Methods are up to bat first with ‘Dammerung Der Parphelia’ with a bouncy echoed beat and some distant growling buzz, which cuts out to a bass drum pulse with whispery echoed vocals and then drops back in. It’s like it’s trying to burrow into the back of your skull and gives a really effective sense of tension. There’s some crazy filtered drums (I think) later on that just sound like a weird morphing mass of percussion. I’m liking how this is going, the sinister dubbed out vocals, some bonkers rhythmic patterns and a constant stomping pulse anchoring it all. Cool.Finally it’s Kareem’s turn again, opening with that techno pulse with a few paranoid microbeats and weird breathy noises which build and wanen insidiously with an industrial retro-futurist throb and weird distorted treble flutters like a window pane rattling to the bass vibrations. It’s dark and dense and satisfying.
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