As Statiqbloom Fade Kainer borrows equally from the golden age of IDM and the peak of early industrial musics. The final result on Edit Navigation Bar Mask Visions Poison is a grisly, distorted mass of sandpaper percussion and amplifier hiss, part Aphex Twin and part NIN. Vinyl LP from the Vendetta label.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 04 January 2017
Confidence is generally a good thing in a measured amount, but to proclaim that a record that you’re putting out on your label is ‘a fucking masterpiece’ is a bit much. I guess enthusiasm is better than the douchey cynicism that I dole out so good on you, Vendetta folks. Statiqbloom is Fade Kainer, who started releasing in 2013 with this one as his debut on tape, now making it to vinyl. A heartwarming tale.
Raw and warped, Edit Navigation… slowly thuds and judders its way towards a bleak mechanistic vision like all good industrial. Well, like all industrial. I’m not especially versed in this cold musical world so I can’t tell if it’s good or not. A tortured voice echoes off into the melee, simultaneously having the best and most painful party known to man. While it is slow-ish as a whole, it has a slightly dancey, upbeat edge that does wonders for keeping you locked in and layer and layers of distortion to graze yourself on. Ouch.
I’m not sure if it’s fair to mention Boards of Canada OR Aphex Twin here (as the press release does), the whole necro-zombie-industrial stomp thing bringing this far closer even to Rammstein. Oh ok, that’s a bit unfair, Nine Inch Nails then. It’s got metal levels of menace though, that’s what I’m trying to get at here. It feels almost routine to mention Cabaret Voltaire for this kind of thing, but there you go. Back to the Aphex thing, I can sort of see that there are mildly glitchy beats here and a synth or two per track, but that’s about where it ends. Overall it’s pretty good though, but if you’re familiar with this sound you may have heard it all before. I dunno.
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