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- EP1 by Necro Deathmort
9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 10 October 2013
London bleaktronica duo Necro Deathmort have been turning heads with a succession of CD releases in recent years but now they’ve finally taken the step to vinyl with this EP1, six tracks of their pitch-black doom techno where thudding danceable beats share a room with shivery horror synths and oppressive digi-dub manipulation in a queasy, grinding, at times almost industrial foray into your mechanical nightmares.
The grinding, horror-inspired electronics bring to mind the likes of the Haxan Cloak or Burial Hex, but this contains much more danceable grooves, generally a relentless thud, but when we get a Can-esque live drumbeat over some ominous fluttering synth drones in ‘Probe’ it’s enough for Phil to come wandering over and ask what it is, while they follow it up with the subtle dark ambient techno slow-burner ‘Kingdom’ with layers of whooshing synths conjuring up a twitching dystopian futurescape like a more adrenalised ‘Drokk’ or a more restrained take on Gnod’s recent forays into hypnotic techno-noir.
I think this is quality stuff and for once the office agrees. While I was typing that sentence Phil said “It’s a good EP this. Is this an EP?” And he’s right, it’s good and at just over 30 minutes it’s practically an album, leading with the danciest tracks before heading gradually into dark industrial ambience and then coming out on the other side on ‘Scanner’ with some head-squeezingly filtered drums and digitally smashed synth details and celestial krautrock drones, bringing to mind Fuck Buttons at their more restrained moments. Nice little palate-cleanser after your voyage into the heart of darkness.
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