One of drum'n'bass' most advanced producers, Dom & Roland (Dominic Angus and his drum machine) proves his consistency and longevity with his third album 'Chronology'. 'Chronology' is a stunning, panoramic trip into cinemascopic, twisted, tough, digitally wound, organically textured drum'n'bass of the highest calibre. Dom & Roland has pushed the sound in both terms of production and ideas throughout his career - and this album is no exception! Rough, dancefloor destroying basslines, filmic texturing and atmospherics keep the album far from one dimensional as we travel across a landscape of both beauty and intricate dystopia, along the way pulling in collaborations from the likes of Kemal and remixes from Dieselboy, Kaos & Karl K, and a splice of two former tracks ('Parasite' and 'Adrenalin') by Hive to form 'Paradrenasite'.
Originally Dom had planned to become an architect but instead turned to music saying that he was trying to create city scapes with sound. As the fist few bars of Ethnicity play you can almost taste the smog of an industrial city. This is a great album which features more a bit more variation and melody than his previous albums which I felt were slightly repetative at times. If you like dark and heavy d'n'b I can't think of much better than this. Highlights for me are Ethnicity, the absolutely furious Moulin Rouge and Freak Seen.
When the opening bars of Ethnicity growled out of my stereo I was hooked. Genuinely heavy, dark D'n'B with enough variation in the tracks and indeed the whole album to stop you reaching for the Next Track button on the remote control. Along with the opening track the highlights for me are Moulin Rouge, I 4 an I and the amazing Paradrensite. NB, all tyracks are unmixed.