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It’s time to forget what you know about Peder Mannerfelt’s work as The Subliminal Kid or his Roll The Dice stuff with Malcolm Pardon. The man has been inside a biomechanical chrysalis and is bursting out as a big bass wielding butterfly. You’d quite easily be forgiven for mistaking opener ‘Collapsion’ for an Emptyset production or Vex’d at their most primal, whacked out on hard drugs. You’d also be forgiven for assuming you could be listening to Mika Vainio as the doomy bass of the title track pushes the air in front of you. However Peder brings his own flavour to the table, some condiments to compliment the heavyweight bass rumbling in the form of occasional melody and almost catchy hooks. Cavernous slow motion techno chugs along with heavy industrial sounds, fuzzed out buzzsaw synths and creepy hiss. ‘Affricate Consonants’ has an amazing searing sound that’s like pure electricity, the sound of voltage at it’s purest, like bolts of cracking blue light. I almost feel like if I reached out into the air and touched the sound I’d be electrocuted, frazzled - burnt to a crisp.
When ‘Gulo Gulo Caesitas’ hits it switches the pace of the record, with swishy uptempo shuffling techno percussion, it becomes increasingly intense with shards of feedback and tearing, utterly filthy bass ripping. A total shredder of a tune. ‘Alpha Waves’ is all hypnotic repetition, like imagine if Sleeparchive was maximal instead of minimal. The climax it builds towards is a total tease, vanishing right at the peak of intensity. ‘Nihilist’ is the darkest piece of them all, unsettling, bleak and expertly realized sub bass heavy dark ambient that could have easily fallen off of the back of The Haxan Cloak’s ‘Excavation’ record. The appearance of a robotic vocal adds a welcome and quite unexpected cybernetic twist on ‘Evening Redness In The West’ as it repeats the word “Blood”. Closer ‘Rotterdam Anagram’ sounds like how I’d imagine Ancient Methods sounding in dubby techno mode collaborating with Huerco S. Edition of 500 copies - Great stuff.
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