REVIEW: V/A - "Too Much Information"

By Ray Van Horn, Jr.

Chain Border

Too Much InformationToo Much Information... How often have we heard those three innocuous words, as in when someone indiscreetly discusses sexual habits, or if someone shares unsolicited advice that clutters the head? "Too much information!" we balk! Too Much Information, a compilation of grinding industrial core from Unmediated Productions, is a suitable title. Most definitely, too much, all at once, difficult to process in one sitting, too...much...information! And this is being fully complimentary.

This ugly stepchild collection, courtesy of Erica Mulkey (who doubles as Goth goddess, Unwoman(*)), is proof positive that industrial music has stepped up its game since the days when the names Jourgensen, Connelly and Barker seemed to be pinned upon anything bearing the moniker. Described by Mulkey as "danceable hard EBM and powernoise," Too Much Information is a cure for the rave hangover; an assault of elektro-industrial decomposition aimed against DJ mixing. For all of its sonic, smack-you-in-the-puss mentality, Too Much Information is an urban all-you-can-eat.

Jumping out is Exclipsect's Time Suspension, a slap-daddy fuzz grinder that somehow reminds me of Pailhead, yet it charges forth fast and furious, slipping into the trippy Assassinate by D.Compose which comes off like a spicier Depeche Mode remix. Xiphoid Princess delivers experimental fusion beat with Sirensong, leading into Unwoman's Cursing You.

Erica Mulkey demonstrates her prowess on Cursing You with rock steady trance Goth and a cryptic backtrack that doesn't give fair warning to its successor. Blasting Agent's Triage, a wicked, noisy dash of digital angst as if someone threw some Rammstein into a blender and set it on high speed. The unnerving Frontneurose, by Sealed in Silence, is like a pop of Ecstasy gone wrong which scoots agreeably into C/A/T's Dying Morality remix, a Frankie Bones-like round of trip hop.

Freudstein's Shadows is a standout with it's glorious production that rings like a 60's Hammer movie score gone through spin cycle, while Control Theory delivers a sexy, Lords of Acid fuck groove with Synapse Datastream. The compilation delves into the tongue-in-cheek with See Colin Slash's You and Your Commie Friends, the most adventurous track on the album. With the subtitle Are You Now or Have You Ever Been an Extended Version? you know you're in for a savvy treat as See Colin Slash takes a swipe at the bourgeoisie with a noticeable Devo homage in vocals and structure.

The Dark Aeons hand in Morningstar, which sounds like System of a Down went digital. Their advanced use of speed and orchestral blitzing will leave one's head smarting into Diverje's Stimulate remix, a raspy joint bearing uncanny resemblance to Alien Jourgensen. Exquisite Tenderness' Rendered, Broken, Unrecognisable is more trip hop ala Joey Jupiter, paving the way for the somewhat disjointed yet still groovy Ungod Genesis by Nightmare Noise Machine, which roars chaotic like Doormouse. Amusingly, the liner notes state NNM as being "good music for bad people." Finally, S.E.M;I has last call with Plastik Head, which features an organic breakdance beat amidst its distorted cacophony, much like Ministry did with Abortive from Land of Rape and Honey.

There's not much room for comparison with these artists, though one might call to mind on occasion B Cosmic, Empirium, Trance Research and Zentrum. Erica Mulkey, an ambitious musician in her own right, has sought to produce and promote her own work while undertaking promotion of D.Compose, and this host of underground industrial agents. Mulkey has a smart ear and could be a major force in the genre if left to her designs.

Unwoman's Knowledge Scars was reviewed in Legends #130.

Contact Information:
Post: Unmediated Productions, 3161 Lucas Dr, Lafayette, CA, 94549-5544
E-Mail: unmediated@earthlink.net
Web: www.unmediated.net

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