CD Review

Provision – “Ideal Warfare”

By Marcus Pan

Ideal WarfareWhile I dug Provision’s work in the past, I’m questioning this release of Ideal Warfare. We have two songs throughout the album – each mixed over a half dozen times for a fifteen track CD of the same two songs, over and over, and even occasionally in a row. A few known names here: CTRL, Null Device, Asmodeus X – but nonetheless, why do we need seven or eight versions of one song? I’d hate to say it – but I think it’s a little pedantic and surely not worth it’s own release. I long for the days when new albums would have a bonus track or two that had a remix by some guest artist of a previously heard track – not a full CD of previously heard tracks remixed by guests.

Ideal and Perversions of Conventional Warfare are the remixed-over-and-over-again tracks found here. Originally these were off of The Consequence[1]. I’ve already reviewed these two tracks somewhat in the review of that album. Neither Ideal nor Perversions of Conventional Warfare impressed me so much that I can recall precisely what the originals sounded like, but here we go.

The first remix of Ideal is dubbed the Separation by Provision themselves. Let’s see – we have techno drumbeats, bright keyboards and a nice mix of EBM. Male baritone vocals. Just like before. By track 4 we’ve had a run of similar keyboards, EBM rhythms, baritone vocals and…gosh I’m bored.

The Sober Mix by People Theatre of Perversions of Conventional Warfare is the first that is very different from others, using a more bass-heavy rhythm and percussion. I also dig the System Syn remix – they show a bit of elaborate industrial mayhem in their version while the BUI Mix by Backandtotheleft add some chorale-like keys but keep the song itself somewhat similar to the others. The Asmodeus X’s version of Ideal is funky and deep, creating a trance-like atmosphere.

Provision do a decent job of it really, I’ve enjoyed their releases. And while there’s a few gems here, I would have enjoyed them had they been ending bonus tracks on, say, The Consequence. But to release a 15 track CD of…two songs? Remixes are things that are put on as bonus tracks or the occasional surprise. Not a complete CD of the same songs over and over with altered rhythms and melodies, just to release an album…? I really don’t have time for this sort of thing.

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[1] Reviewed in Legends #161.