Headscan Pattern Recognition
By Marcus Pan
Headscan create a very fast
paced industrial alternative to the droning metal-laced stuffed that has grown
in popularity since Ministry's start. They have a slick sound to them,
smoothe as ice and pulsing with a sexual energy - this would be perfect dance
floor fodder for your next orgy.
Based out of Montreal, Headscan sold out their Shaper and
Mechanist release and dropped some well received CDs on the Canadian
landscape. With ArtOfFact Records now behind them, they are sure to increase
their following through this larger label's marketing and production
capabilities. Pattern Recognition is a showcase of some of the finest
trance-laced industrial to reach me.
The muddy waters of Hi-Motion Model grow into a
synthetic multi-petaled flower vibrating with pulses of electricity and energy.
Vocals lace into it and waver like drops of dew on a breezy day as it clings to
the dark purple techscape of the petals. The grooves of Lolife is pure
eyes-closed groovy bliss. Taking a more funk-based rhythmic style and lacing
synthetic soundscapes only lightly sprayed with a metallic gleam, vocals are
washed with salt water and webbed through the mix to punctuate and rust the
Arrache-Moi opens with anthem-like hits and gets
rivets of rhythm nailed into it. Laden heavily with samples and filled with a
void-like and strange sensation, the lay-in of high keyboard work makes the
track seem large in scope when run over top of a lower filter sound. Unexpected
breakdowns crack the track into segments without warning giving
Arrache-Moi a dark style and sensation. The sneaky female vocals in
Antenna Manifold hide behind the rhythms and the dirge-like vocals are
as much a part of the synthetic music as the surrounding movements.
This is Headscans style, a futuristic
Kraftwerk-influenced sound with brilliant fast-paced synthetics, pulsating
beats and rhythm combined with vocals laced into the tracks that play along
with the programming just as much as another keyboard would. Youll find
trance-like movements, progressively growing creations of sound and old school
Euro-industrial held together flawlessly with brilliant soul-infecting grooves.
For more on Headscan keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview with them
in Legends coming soon!
Post: Box 68039, RPO Osborne Village, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2V9, Canada
Phone: (905) 707-6283
 Ministrys latest, Rantology, was
reviewed in Legends
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