Previously best known as being one-half of the overbearing electronics duo Fuck Buttons Benjamin John Power has carved his own name with his Blanck Mass moniker. World Eater is his third full length (2nd on Sacred Bones) under the name, and he shifts wildly between releases, but always with steroid pumped power behind it, with the leading track Please sounding like Lapalux getting into power electronics.
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The furious werewolf electronics of fuck button Benjamin Power are here to eat you again. The man behind the triumphantly grotesque ‘Dumb Flesh’ has here crafted a record of gabba-speed John Carpenter homage, sprinkling a techno-fled power electronics across tunes that feel kind of oddly cinematic. Perhaps noisier than he’s ever been, this record puts a galleon of mud into the textures that surround its forward-moving dance music.
At first listen I was happy to scoff this one out of the room, but goodness is Power‘s work strong here: on a second listen through to the ear-splittingly visceral “Rhesus Negative”, you start to hear ghost choirs and twinkling music box overtures, sideways warped beats and, well, something of a song. The speed is so ferocious, and the frequency so daringly consistent, that you might stop listening to the song -- but inside it is a detailed microcosm of hell.
Power toys with rhythm quite delightfully on this record, creating a Battles-esque beat on “The Rat” that sets everything a little skewiff before introducing the usual synth stabs and Oneohtrix-tinged timbres. “Silent Treatment” runs a shaky percussive loop alongside what sounds like a millisecond of a choir singing a national anthem at a coronation -- it’s an invention he plays to death, looping it over and over in a seven minute game of endurance that’d make Aaron Dilloway proud. These kind of moments speak to Power’s commitment to his danceable noise, but also to his desire to consistently innovate ideas that might be considered retro. His horror is, against all odds, quite new.
9/10 gbar Customer review, 2nd December 2017
Maybe you could consider this a pun because of the album cover, but this one has some serious bite to it. Benjamin Power (the mind behind Blanck Mass) has created an album of electronica that is probably as heavy, as layered, as noisy and as frightening as it can be. Strangely though, each of these seven tracks can also feel oddly cinematic at times. Take for example the ear-splitting ferociousness of “Rhesus Negative”; beneath its visceral exterior, you can hear ghost choirs, warped beats and twinkling music box overtures in all the cacophony. The slow rhythmic structures of “Hive Mind” and “Please”, along with the catchy melodic thuds of “The Rat”, are as close as it gets to becoming ‘dance pop’ songs. If you want to create the feeling of someone slowly drilling the music directly into your brain, then this is for you.
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