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- The Power & The Glory by Perc
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Is there a dark hard industrial techno renaissance? I dunno. It’s always been there, I just think it's finally getting more press and attention as artists and labels are able to promote themselves better these days due to tools like Twitter and SoundCloud and the existence of sites like Resident Advisor who are incidentally streaming ‘The Power & The Glory’ in full at the time of writing, so there you have it. One artist you can’t accuse of jumping on any bandwagon is Perc AKA Ali Wells. Despite the fact he’s been releasing records for like twelve years this is only his second album, arriving some three years after 2011’s ‘Wicker & Steel’.
After a sampled vocal intro we head into the splattered harsh noise eruptions and feral shouting of ‘Rotting Sound’ that’s more Prurient than Jeff Mills, complete with mournful strings it’s clear we’re in for some brutal action. Then into the shuddering beats of ‘Speek’ with sharp bursts of noise, it’s like Alva Noto meets Einsturzende Neubauten. ‘Lurch’ sounds like heavy grinding electro malfunctioning and collapsing. ‘Galloper’ is an apt title, with the beats galloping along like some Voodoo carnival. The demonic howls and cackling of ‘David & George’ are pretty demented, disturbing even. ‘Horse Gum’ has spooked drones reminiscent of Kevin Drumm meanwhile ‘Dumpster’ is a full on energetic club track like a more brutal Cold Dust if anyone remembers them. ‘Take Your Body Off’ has brain a pummeling four to the floor kick, a growling synth and more harsh vocals coming off like Nitzer Ebb on PCP. Right before my head explodes things taper off into more soothing terrain with the cascading piano motifs of ‘A Living End’.
You most definitley need to be in the mood to consume 'The Power & The Glory' as a whole but it does work and flow as an album should. If you’re too lightweight or a DJ then just reaching for the odd track will have the paint peeling off the walls of the murkiest techno dens. Fans of Pete Swanson, Container, Ancient Methods, Adam X etc. will probably find as much to enjoy here as folks into rhythmic noise, power electronics, stuff like Whitehouse even Hymen, Ant-Zen and all that kinda stuff.
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