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4.6 out of 5 stars
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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.
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on 6 May 2014
This is a classic Techstep Drum & Bass compilation not industrial techno. And as obsessed with sci-fi as the No U Turn crew were they were not time travellers, how can a record released 1997 be unsuccessfully ripping off one released in 2007 ?!
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on 16 November 2009
I've just discovered this album but I have an exuse because I'm only 19, over ten years later this album still sounds fresh to todays DnB headz. I think that this was the era that dnb reached its pinical. If your looking for some old dnb compilations that stand out as being one of the the most relevant, must buy albums of its era then this is it, don't hesitate, just buy!
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on 1 November 2015
Why don't you own this yet? ...are you a fool?...a Skrillex fan? ..what?..... buy this and when it arrives crank it up as loud as yu can...well what are you waiting for?!...NOW...
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on 9 March 2016
Rated as the best DARKSTEP DRUM AND BASS ALBUM of all time. Also rated as the most influential DARKSTEP DRUM AND BASS ALBUM EVER. This DBL CD was released in 1997 on NO U TURN RECORDS BY ED RUSH. CD1 is unmixed and has 10tracks by ED RUSH, NICO, AND TRACE, CD2 has 13tracks mixed by ED RUSH. Some people call this INDUSTRIAL TECHNO. Its dark but has melody and is never boring. This cd cost me about £5 which is gr8 when it can go for silly money. Even if ur not into DNB and i,m into ROCK, METAL, AND PUNK get this cd also if u liked JOHN PEEL and his alternative show get this cd JUST GET THIS CD.
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on 11 July 2015
A dark dnb classic album from 97
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on 2 May 2005
Ed Rush is a British producer that was catalyst of the dark-step movement. A mutation of the drum and bass formula, he opted for dense textures rather than simple jungle breaks, and his Macs to power his music rather than the traditional 1200's with dub plate.
His early collaborations with sound engineer Nico yielded critical acclaim for the creative use of eerie vocal samples and swirling breakbeats.
Indeed so, this album "Torque" on Nico's No-U-Turn was hailed by many as a landmark album in the course of development/mutation of drum and bass. Their creative partnership spawned countless imitators with average horror movie dialogues and well, cheap imitations. Ed Rush subsequently partnered up with Optical and taking his brand of drum and bass to another level.
The music might sounded as if Rush and Optical got stuck in a '90s time capsule, however, from the opening blast to the final hihat crash, the music was one pure non-stop adrenaline rush, yet with enough menace to keep the listener on the edge. That said, the music could be cranked up for your rave-up freak-outs, or headphone music to serve your appetite for a headrush.
The 2nd CD offers a DJ mix by Ed Rush with the same tracks, however, seemingly Ed Rush lacks the confidence of a master of the wheels and it came off as unorganized and overbearing stream and dataflow. That said, this album showed the production team of Ed Rush and Optical are still the reigning masters of dark and brooding drum and bass.
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on 16 June 2013
this is more of a industrial techno album then it is drum and bass.
It also unsuccessfully rips off Malice In Wonderland by Ruffige Kru.
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