P. Turton

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (69 of 96)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,107,351 - Total Helpful Votes: 69 of 96
Within Dividia ~ The End
Within Dividia ~ The End
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next-generation Noisecore, 13 April 2005
At a time when Dillinger Escape Plan are unashamedly making inroads into the mainstream with the often emo-ish 'Miss Machine', The End are much less eager-to-please, holding the flag for hyper-complex progressive hardcore and pushing the Noisecore aesthetic about as far as it will go.
Many traditional hardcore fans may proclaim 'Within Dividia' as unlistenable, but this is anything but a series of flabby noise rock/free-improv freakouts - the music is incredibly tightly constructed and performed, combining angular, atonal guitar, rapid-fire blast beats and lacerating, throat-shredding vocals. This is what prog would have sounded like if it had actually been any good.
This album is… Read more
Last Rights ~ Skinny Puppy
Last Rights ~ Skinny Puppy
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Although perennially catalogued as a sub-set of Goth, Skinny Puppy actually deserve better than to be lumped in with the posturing, PVC-clad fashion-victims that populate that particular cultural ghetto - they are a far more interesting band than they are given credit for.
Ahead of their time both in their use of that signifier of 90's leftfield electronica, the distorted beat (staple of labels like Praxis, Position Chrome, Ambush and DHR), and in the ultra-complex editing and intricate, layered detail of their music (later taken up by IDM acts such as Richard Devine), Skinny Puppy rarely adhered to conventional song-structures, preferring to create their own unique freewheeling forms… Read more
The Brotherhood Of The Bomb ~ Techno Animal
The Brotherhood Of The Bomb ~ Techno Animal
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Industrial sludge-hop, 8 April 2005
This may be more credible as a hip hop album, but Ice's 'Bad Blood' album from a few years back (by the same Broadrick/Martin + guests team) was musically way more interesting. I really miss the psychedelic density and layering of that record - reduced here to simple, looped beats'n'bass, and popsong-length tracks. OK, you could argue that they needed to make room for the rappers, but it also seems like they have been paying too much attention to their imitators (like 2nd Gen).
Still, this is a powerful record (particularly the Dalek track - a collaboration with like-minded musicians if ever there was one), placing them way ahead of the competition in the Industrial hip hop (or… Read more

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