7/10 Jamie Staff review, 01 August 2016
Beat-driven and noisy from the outset, Alina’s music -- which describes itself as both ‘dreampunk’ and ‘Ukraine Vapour’ -- is undeniably exciting. It is also the soundtrack to mass murders, apparently; although the killing is not always random. Opening track ‘Contract Killing’ has all the atmosphere of a nighttime chase through rain-streaked city streets and alleyways, the hunter rapidly stalking his prey and armed to the teeth. It’s a constant theme; track titles such as ‘Strike Spin,’ title cut ‘Maniax’ and ‘Power Drill’ belying the sense of menace and intended violence running through the veins of this visceral record, the latter track being strewn with stabbing and scraping synth lines, pounding bass and rapid-fire drums.
The percussion on ‘Witness’ is frenetic and machine tooled, the synth and drum spat out with the precision of an automatic cannon. ‘Salvaged Proof’ begins with chaotic percussion, metallic distortion and disgusting bassline, before descending into full-on boshing techno hell, machine-gun drums doing their best to perforate the armour-plated shell. ‘Terminate Pleasure’ sends euphoric spinning synths in to do battle with the drum and bass, and for once the chords stab their way through and come up winning, surfacing for air through rapid punching drums. The record climaxes on the guns-aloft, knives down ‘Afterglow’, the machines rejoicing in the calm after the chaos.
One summer nearly over and 21 dead bodies later, hopefully there’ll be no more killing, please Alina.
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