After the recent revival of interest in this old NYC project, spearheaded by Stuart Argabright, Black Rain deliver their first new album in 18 years. Dark moody experimental techno and futuristic EBM for fans of Carter Tutti, Severed Heads, Adam-X, Ron Morelli & L.I.E.S. plus yr dystopian sci-fi literary/celluloid classics.
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Professional dour bastards Black Rain have their stunningly titled new album 'Dark Moon’ clutched in my shaking fist. It's dark angry rhythmical techno a-go-go. Granny-scaring shit is we have here. I'll be truthful now, it's getting to the point now where I'm a bit fed up with all this blooming austere techno doing the rounds of late. No matter how good, and this is really good, make no mistake. I know it's bleak times we live in but I demand some escapism from the futile brutality of life, its forlorn crumbling dreams and meaningless façade. I want some brass bands and girls singing about stroking horses and feeling the wind blowing in their hair. I want the cheery echo of 'Atmosphere' by Russ Abbott to be forever on my side, to be my friend, my companion, my light, my guide. This album is absolutely great for sitting crouched in the corner of a bleak warehouse contemplating another line of some dubious powder you've blearily bought from a man with one eye, sporting just a thong, an eyepatch and some latex glam boots. That's what it makes me think of, yeah. What's in my mind what eh?
'Dark Sky' is probably everything you ever wanted from BR founder Stuart Argabright. Clinical, dramatic and futuristic techno punching through into terrifying unknown dimensions. There is an industrial element but there's no clunkiness here, for this is fluid, serpentine cerebral music that makes considered use of noise as texture . Not too hard 'n' banging, more insectoid, coiled and imbued with some considerable dystopian menace. Argabright produces undeniably powerful and impressive material and I'm more into with what he can knock together nowadays than the recently unearthed archive releases. This is his/their first new stuff for knocking on two decades. But hey, not right now huh? Where's my sunshine gone you bastards?
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