REVIEW: Badass and Sinnatagg - "Destructive Musicology" & "Stardrugs"

By Chris Eissing

Chain Border

This one is a head scratcher. Reading the sharpie marker scrawl on the burned CDs and their covers was strange, as if I'd been handed some bootleg super secret DVD porn. An apprehensive sign surely when the CD I am going to review has been prepared with less amenities than a CD my friend burned for me containing the dancing hamster song.

The first Disc, Destructive Musiclogy, just lists the tracks as parts 1-5. To be honest, if the tracks weren't differentiated, there would be little to tell them apart. They all adhere to a basic creation formula: Distorted repetitive drum loop, a sphere line either of long strings, or resonance-drop notes.

Track 1: uses a basic distorted drum line with some standard keyboard loops. It is perhaps the most interesting of the tracks. Track 2: It expands on the theme of track one. Difference? Thumpier. Track 3: Expands on track 2. It grows fatter in the end with a wider range of sound. Track 4: Drops to repetitive ambient with highly distorted drums. And then morphs into an expanding of track 3 with more pronounced keyboard loops. Track 5 drops in a variation of the rhythm over the more ambient motive.

All in all Destructive Musicology accomplishes a range of variations on a single theme. However it does in 40 minutes of music what could have been more interestingly accomplished in 10 or 15, causing it to become repetitive and losing much of its progression.

Unlike Destructive Musicology, Stardrugs is a better showcase of Badass and Sintagg's ability to push distortion and dance in complete tracks. Although on 3 tracks in duration, each covers the long progressions of a 10 minute song longed for in Destructive Musicology.

Flesheaters starts as an ambient offering that gently builds like a warning siren to as adept an industrial dance selection as can had. Theo Samine is probably the fullest of all their offering. Using a mixture of distorted and undistorted rhythms over some great use of hard melody. Polluted Brain Disease mixes an eclectic blend of movements, mixing hard dance beats, ambient breaks, and noise reduxes to create the most interesting of all their offerings.

All in all Badass and Sintagg have all the components of long-dance industrial down pat. Crafted surely to be played at large volumes in cavernous dark places where the energy can be resonated back with heat. It suffers at times from repetitiveness even for dance tracks, especially on Destructive Musicology. Many of their selections could easily become a staple for DJs and spinners of industrial dance.

Contact Information:
Post: Badass & Sinnatagg, Rugvelen 34, 0389 Oslo, Norway
E-Mail: and-ly@online.no
Web: http://sinnatagg.synth.no/

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