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Limited Editions 1990-1994
Limited Editions 1990-1994

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Analogue bliss, 23 Jun. 2002
Simply the best record that Alec Empire has ever produced, as well as one of the first. Combining an analogue feel to a detachment that could only come of this guy's work, it is simply brilliant.
Evidence? I'd advise trying a download of "Civilisation Virus". It is a severely epic and passionate track (13 minutes worth), and it seems to have a sadness about it that even a human voice cannot compare to. Also "The Backside of my Brain" and "The Sun hurts my eyes", that shift through layers of engineered sound and stay with you hours after you hear them. Increditable. Opening with the furious "SuEcide", this IS the best work by Empire ever. It has an inspiring air to it that truely makes it the most intense and vital noise you will ever hear.
Why the best? It's tough, especially with the vast catalogue of Alec Empire's work. Firstly, its a more obscure work, so I'd choose to promote it the best that i can and, secondly, it is very, very beautiful. There's a saying that it is hard to surpass the first masterpiece of work, and this record definatley emphasises that fact.

Intelligence And Sacrifice
Intelligence And Sacrifice
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Hell and Back, and Back into Hell..., 20 Jun. 2002
Intense feelings of suicide and depression swamped the production of this album. The result is Alec Empire's self-confessed "diary". With it, the longly anticipated fusion of the two worlds of Empire's talent; the hypnotic dance and the politically bled world that existed, most predominately, in the shattered landscape of "The Destroyer".
The sharp connotations of the phrase "Welcome to a lifestyle that you can't buy into" in "Path of Destruction" see a return to form of Empire, a snarling, intense and dark figure that has remixed Primal Scream and Bjork amonst others, and has been equally influenced on and by the legendary Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The provocatively named "Everything Starts with a F**k" sets the record along the lines of extremism, with the euphoric "Ride" being the dark trance that could be expected in clubs, and the first single "Addicted to You", that is just amazing. The most striking song is the painful "... And Never Be Found", a blistering track that sees Empire whispering over the harrowing noise of a subway background. The most surreal is the second part of "New World Order", the last minutes are an unending fury of the sound of the Digital Hardcore mixing desk in flames! the sound of metal skin being torn inside your stereo and into your ears. It leaves you feeling that nothing, nothing could be so intense, so vital, so passionate.
And then you get the CD2 of the package, what Empire has himself described as "a trip through hell". A garden of channels of noise are defaced here to something that shows the extreme of extreme, the evidence of a talented genius in extreme pain. 2641998, reprised and bookended at the end of the album, extends to half its duration, a loop of repeated clashes and surreal rises and falls. It shelves and closely guards seven intense tracks, the lowest being "Alec's Ladder". The first thing that strikes you is that the absense of words is suffocating, that the freefall of sound is something that allows the tracks to run into and beyond each other. It is not controlled, what would make this seem to be incoherent actually makes it fragile, and all the more powerful. Parallels of the excellent "Limited Editions 1990-1994" album are seem here, especially on the tracks "Parallel Universe" and "Electric Bodyrock". Granting an analogue fusion with bars of intense digital expression, layers of white noise cut and pasted so effectively, the sonics are unreal. It, as always, proves that distorted beats create pain as a voice never could, and yet somehow create the impression of a low, barely auditable scream that drones through the full 72 mintues of the second CD.
Having never been able to favour the "shouty punk" over the "ambient trance", this can be seen as an introduction and an end to what Empire's music is about. Not unlike "The Geist of Alec Empire" for his dance, this seems to unify his work together, as well as, no doubt, his own and unique ways of coming to terms with his pain. the only thing that could make this excellent bodywork more impressive is the intensity in its production by an artist that only gets better and better.

Generation Star Wars
Generation Star Wars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Empire Strikes Back on Imperialism, 20 Jun. 2002
This review is from: Generation Star Wars (Audio CD)
The interesting story behind its record is that it was banned in Germany after the issueing of a couple of hundred copies. The reason? The use of the Nazi swastika on the original artwork, despite its anti-fascist context ( illegial in all cases). One thing that can be said is that it did pave the second issue of this work of a very contraversial artist.
Anyone familiar with CD2 on Empire's "Intelligance and Sacrifice" album will know how successful Empire is with sonics. However, in the case of this record, they are used to opposite effect, Instead of the chlostrophobia on CD2, "Generation" is a rapid that spiralls through distortion into a cleaner effect. Yet equally intense. This is an artist that is known for razor adge vocals, such as from his band Atari Teenage Riot one minute, and then visionary audion landscapes the next. It is what makes him impressive, and the testing of musical boundaries has never betrayed him.
"Generation Star Wars", featuring the likes of "Sonyprostitues", can be seen as a voiceless experimentation, the result of what mutated instumentals on synths can, and should, be like. A brave and engaging record, it shows Empire's competencey as an artist that has brought so much to his genre.

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