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A Drum & Bass milestone
on 18 December 2013
Without No U Turn, there would be no techstep. The crew of Nico, Ed Rush, Trace, Fierce and MC Ryme Tyme developed a sound of complete malevolence and ultra violence that dominated Drum & Bass until the turn of the century. Torque is the definitive example of a sound that was more intelligent than a simple sax solo, balmy synth wash or embarrasing attempt at real musicianship. This is the soundtrack to a world of cyborgs, derelict buildings, ash clouds and endless darkness.
In my opinion it doesn't get any darker than this. While black metal sounds dark, its cartoony, almost childlike use of devil imagery, black eyeliner and white facepaint and gurgling, guttural vocals make it sound like its trying too hard to be dark and controversial. Torque, with its drones, white noise, endless looped breakbeats and deep, powerful Reese bass is simply an hour long blast into the apocalypse, not reliant on over the top images of satan or pentagrams. It lets the listener decide what you want to see, so long as its absolutely terrifying.