Here we have a melding of the Black Rain project with Shapednoise, resulting in what we could almost call techno. However, the harsh electronics of Apophis threatens to overwhelm the trappings of that genre: we teeter on the brink throughout. With an extra remix from Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker. On Cosmo Rhythmatic.
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- Apophis by Black Rain & Shapednoise
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 19 August 2015
Throbbing, visceral noise buzzes from Blackest Ever Black regular Black Rain and Berlin’s resident renegade Shapednoise. It’s named after the asteroid that may or may not destroy earth in 2036, what more do you need to know? Destructive, powerful, evil and relentless are another 4 words that apply here. Bass synths and beats collide into snarling behemoths of distortion, pulsing like a fistfight with the Terminator. Miles Whittaker's (Demdike Stare) 'Ramen' rework almost resembles ‘normal’ techno, commas necessary because even the techno is intense as hell, whirlwinds of resonant squeaks and metallic hisses everywhere. It doesn’t take away from the fact that this whole release is deft as hell, especially the gradual emergence of techno forms as you move from the raw noise of the first track to the chunky rework of ‘Interceptor’ at no 3. Back to rhythmic noise for the pulsating finale, recalling Raster Noton efforts such as Ueno Masaaki’s Vortices. Distortion lovers unite!
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