By DJ Mortimer Steel
Is noize the next wave? Soundscape and videogame
junkies may get a lift with this one. Complete with the tweakery and screeching
you've all come to love so well. I am still green in the subgenres of noize
which like all music splits like mutating cells so we all play catch up. Nexus
is comprised of eleven tracks and after a listen or three one thing that did
stand out was the use of video game-like sounds incorporated in some of the
tracks. The CD starts off with the song Scent. As if a journey into the
center of the earth
as if in some sort of cavern, maybe climbing into the
caves pictured in Lord Of The Rings. An impressive use of sounds here;
echoing bass and the banging of steel bellow loudly with enough background
textures and sound you'll be coming up with a new sound each listen.
Falling Stars rolls up next with a fast paced glitchy
intro into a sonic assault of 200 BPM electronic madness. 4:33 of this may
cause someone to commit suicide at some point. Shattering Teardrops with
its use of sounds conjure up images of crickets and other bugs on some space
terrain. Other sounds could possibly be taken as movement on a terrestrial
plain, somewhat serene, then you could also see the picture drastically change
as if a war in space had just erupted and life on this planet is scurrying.
Ne.er is pure metallic abrasion. Four minutes of it,
too. Good for some, others may run for the hills. Splinters: Possibly
is there such a genre? Soundscapes once again lead into a full
on electronic assault. Glitch and distorted drum and bass with some sci-fi
elements a signature sound element on this disc. Scales: Not much
happening here. Seven minutes of drum and bass with some scraping soundscapes
Crosses: The opening of this track conjures images of
raindrops hitting electrical wires complete with thunder. For me this CD sets
me more into mind play then a VnV Nation track would. I'm finding this very
experimental or avant-garde. It seems to work this way as it plays on your mind
a bit more. Mysterious and chaotic all in one package.
Affliction is Space Invaders music on PCP baby! This
one comes at you like an electro tornado a raging mass of nuclear wind.
I rather like this one a lot. A nice use of serene soundscapes that turn into
mass electronic chaos at the flick of a switch. Epithet, Liberation the
remix and Vent finish up the disc.
If you enjoy soundscapes and power electronics this CD has
all the ingredients I think I am missing a lot of what was composed here, a
surround sound system would probably shed a whole new perspective of the sound.
The ever-changing textures and tones work wonders in terms of track length. A
couple of songs didn't do much for me, but again I'm not a huge fan of this
genre but can find a viewpoint for someone that may be considering listening to
some experimental material. This review can be viewed from a newbie
perspective. The production is flawless and the composition done well. Overall
from the experimental and noize CDs I've reviewed, this is one I did enjoy. A
job well done here.
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