V/A - T.I.A.M.P. "Tactics of Infiltration"
By Marcus Pan
Have any pent up emotion?
Anguish preferably, but if you just have a bit of melancholy and sadness you
dont know what to do with T.I.A.M.P. will help you transform this into
the needed emotional turmoil. Tactics of Infiltration is electronic
and occasionally aggressive industrial. It has a good mix of aggressive, angry
songs and electronic torment. Texas has one hell of an industrial scene. A lot
of damn good bands are from there and this entire compilation holds the work of
fifteen of them. One of my new favorites is on here as well Puncture
takes track four with Christian Rat Attack. And a bonus this
track isnt on their Immune album which I already have, so its an
extra track to me and a great one at that!
The compilation is writ to the dedication of
Christine at the Impala. Whether this is a person, a club night at
the Impala or something else I know not. Because T.I.A.M.P. is a compilation
that covers a lot of bands, its best to discuss each track with a bit
more detail to give you the idea of what these bands can do. Ive provided
contact information along with each of them as well. There are a lot of credits
and thanks listed on the CD, but there isnt anyone that it claims you can
contact to find the compilation itself other than the address information for
the individual bands. Strange, indeed. On to the tracks
Of One Mind Streams
is a very good name for this song. It is made up mostly of streams of noise
effects strung together a background explosive rolling, the occasional
strumming of an electronic guitar. The few spoken words seem more like samples
than lyrics and are very low and hard to hear, lending to my not knowing which
of the two it could be. I could have done without this track, although it does
admittedly set a nice mood to lead into the anguish of the rest of Tactics.
Its reminiscent of bands like Skinny Puppy more noise than music.
For the most part not my thing, but it fits on T.I.A.M.P. as a decent
Of One Mind c/o The Matrix, P.O. Box 171904,
Arlington, TX, 76003-1904
Audio Paradox Parasite
Paradox use danceable drum & bass loops, the right amount of samples and
scratching guitar riffs that will occasionally rip in where they dont
belong. Leather Strip, Klute or similarly influenced, Parasite
scratches its way into you. Its nothing too new in this genre of
music, but it takes proven ideas and puts them down in a well-done track.
Audio Paradox 921 Goodwin, Plano, TX,
October Karnival Communicable
This group uses multiple drum tracks surrounded by a soundscape of
synthetic, almost-human voices. It leans more to the experimental side of the
industrial vein without falling into that What the hell is THAT supposed
to be? trap that some experimental bands and tracks are apt to do on
occasion. Vocals are enhanced to sound metallic and grating with a spoken, not
sung, style. The extensive echoing of these vocals make it somewhat
October Carnival 1430 Whitney Dr., Garland,
Puncture w/Bobby Sox Christian Rat
Hardcore, thrashing and obnoxiously loud with blaring
guitars and Bobbys screaming vocals. This song has so much pent up
aggression and hatred that by the time youre done listening to it
youve been skull-slammed with enough noise that youre too numb to
have anything left to release. Very well crafted and one of the highlights of
Puncture P.O. Box 172248, Arlington, TX,
Hard Sector Error In My Hand
HSE has a hard act to follow in coming after Punctures previous
track. But they do extremely well, I must say. Combining late Ministry style
guitar riffs with only slightly voxed vocals that make them sound like
theyre at a distance; it adds a nother-world feel to the song. Synthetic
strings barely heard in the background increase this feeling. The occasional
samples are well-placed and appropriate. Oh, son! Did you by any chance
murder a boy at school today? is one that set me on a giggling spree for
a while. Another highlight of T.I.A.M.P.
Hard Sector Error Hickory St., Grand
Prairie, TX, 75050
Gropius Covet the Senseless
Kicking in with a tribal sounding drum track that is increased by the low,
flowing bass and violin-like electronic strings, Covet the
Senseless is a slow, droning song that washes over you. The vocals sound
somewhat female, but are masked by vox usage so I cant tell for sure. The
slow movement of the track combined with the droning bass/drum combination
lends itself to near-monotony by the tracks end, but the rising and
falling vocals do help stifle that but only slightly.
Gropius 2306 Greenhill Dr., Carrollton, TX,
The Syphon Experience
Very electronic in makeup with a techno,
Kraftwerk feel to it, The Syphon Experiences contribution to this album
is industrial dance. The lyrics are straight forward and hover between loud and
scream, but they are subdued in this mix by the surrounding multiple beat, bass
and drum tracks. The song tends to get same-same after halfway or so through;
the drums and surrounding electronica doesnt change much throughout its
The Syphon Experience 327 S. Rogers, Apt.
C., Irving, TX, 75060
is one of the few bands on this compilation that dont go for the vox
style quite as much the vocals are understandable and human. The song
has a pop-like feel to it, but with a darker mood lent to by the
surrounding synthesizers and windy sounds that flow behind the bouncy bassline
and drums. This track keeps itself form becoming monotonous like some of the
others by breaking it up fairly often with increased melodies and samples.
Apparatus 1321 Baxter Dr., Plano, TX,
Solemn Assembly Leatherbound
tight drum track defines Solemn Assemblys contribution to Tactics. Vocals
here are more human than machine and sliding melodies are used extensively to
add a computeresque feel to the song.
Solemn Assembly 9794 Forest Ln., Ste. 599,
Dallas, TX, 75243
Skarlett Fever Vaccination
Vaccination is very heavy on the loud banging drumbeats. Add in
a bit of background samples and the occasional scream and you have a decent
recipe for an aggressively moving track. Skarlett Fever adds very little in the
way of melodies or electronica, instead concentrating on a strong drum score
and samples. By halfway through the song youll be able to predict
accurately where all the screams will occur. Whether or not this sense of
control is a blessing or a curse I leave up to you.
Skarlett Fever 9794 Forest Ln., Ste. 599,
Dallas, TX, 75243
Species Naked Snake
electronic in nature, Species Naked Snake has a fast moving
bass track with dance-style backing beats. The melodies created here are very
techno. Its meant to be danced to; there are no vocals and few samples.
Youre meant to step with the beats or at least this is my guess.
Its a rather well done mix, although you wont find anything fresh
or new that you havent heard in the club scene already.
Species 2208 Woodsong Tr., Arlington, TX,
Very moody and
droning, Writhe moves forth with a deep bass sound. Its a
slower song with metallic synthesizers and moody, poetic vocals that fade off
at the end of the stanzas. The guitars are there but subdued it reminds
me of work by Needulhed or Psychopomps, albeit their less aggressive songs. You
can feel the anguish when Pushs vocals drop to a growling state.
Wonderful background music to games like Hexen or Heretic. Sincerely dark and
evil in its soundscape.
Push 9794 Forest Ln., Ste. 599, Dallas, TX,
extremely different and wonderfully so than all the other tracks.
It starts off with an almost cartoon-like bouncing melody, but then suddenly
goes into a thrashing, awesomely aggressive black metal style. It reminds me of
some of Megadeths more garage-days sound in their youth (were going
back a LONG way with that one, kids), but has a darker aspect to it. A definite
highlight on the T.I.A.M.P. CD. Have any unvented emotion? Put this one on and
set it to repeat
Drone 9794 Forest Ln., Ste. 599, Dallas, TX,
Brainscrape Techno Hippie
Muted and lushly layered, Brainscrapes contribution of Techno
Hippie leans on a guitar-driven experimental side of the spectrum.
Feedback is the general rule here. Its interesting, but one I could have
done without. The vocals are a kind of metallic whining sound, like robotic
cats in heat. You can hear mentions of Ronald Reagan (snicker) in
the occasional samples. The drums pound away behind the feedback-driven guitar
loops. The song is longer than most 5:17. It didnt have to be.
Brainscrape P.O. Box 253, Denton, TX,
Vampire Cathedral Puppy Beats Man
Put your insulting vampire cliché references away. Listen to this
track first. The name of the song, Puppy Beats Man, is appealing
enough. What youll hear is a strong scraping-style industrial track laden
with track upon track of complicated imagery. Its somewhat experimental,
but keeps from falling into the aforementioned What the HELL?
problems with a strong bass/drum combination that keeps the song moving at a
quick pace. There are a lot of sudden changes and manipulations to the sounds
and beat, making this track far from monotonous. Very well done
especially considering I dont get into the Skinny Puppy style
experimental/noise type of thing too often. Theyd make good work of game
music backgrounds I think.
Vampire Cathedral 9794 Forest Ln., Ste. 599,
Dallas, TX, 75243