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Worth it for it's stronger tracks.,
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This review is from: Exorcise the Demons (Audio CD)
Okay, so the main talking point of this album appears to be it's darkness or lack of it. I'd like to testify that this album does succeed to a point in setting a chilling soundscape.
The opening track, Call and Response which interestingly formed one of the most exciting musical cues in the movie Blade appears in all it's glory here and is probably one of the most sinister tracks on the album. It clocks in as around seven minutes of that wierd modulating keyboard riff, piercing background drone, minimalist bass, confusingly off kilter breakbeats and industrial crashes. Probably the albums second best track in my humble opinion. My current favourite (without wishing to indicate a lack of deep-reaching knowledge of the album) is track two, Mind Weaver which is resplendent beneath a sleazy overdriven bass sound, and a lovely cheesy synth line also contains the alternatively driving/technical beats which make up most of this album.
And there my problem lies, sort of. Tracks like Technical Warfare and Love and Hate kick in in similar fashion to stronger tracks on the album (such as the first two), however don't have the hooks to back them up. Another reviewer said this album was experimental and confused. I disagree with that, there is very little sonic experimentation here and the darkness is often achieved solely by minimalist arrangements. Beat-wise too what you are dealing with here is tight, well produced but basically by the numbers breakbeatage. If you want experimental go for 4Heros 2 Pages album (I refer of course to disk 2).
While nothing on Exorcise the Demons is bad, you often feel like there is a bit of random drum synth fiddling going on to flesh things out.
ETD works very well as a soundscape album but outside the club environment, on your stereo at home there are many more entertaining drum and bass albums to be had.
As a footnote if you like this album I can strongly recommend you buy Gyral by Scorn. It's not really D and B though but similar in feel and better realised.