Album review: Rational Youth – Future Past Tense 

If you’re part of the Alternative Electronic music community in Canada today, know well that you owe your scene’s existence to pioneers like Tracy Howe and Bill Vorn.
Rational Youth were proudly baffling stage managers with their 808 and MS-20 setup in the early ‘80s, and telling the world to dance atop the infamous wall three years before Bowie started inciting riots in East Berlin. Howe’s relentless ambition to reclaim the synthesizer out of the hands of boring scholars and put it at the forefront of the concert stage produced a novel and visionary experience for listeners around the globe.
Read my full review on The Spill Magazine 

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E.S.A - Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt 3: Penance

Album Review: E.S.A – Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 3 – Penance

Rhythmic noise is an eldritch gem of the dark electronic music universe. It’s lullabies for people (like yours truly) who keep Masonna in their day to day playlists.

To make rhythmic noise, you take one part harsh industrial and whisk in some dramatic orchestral drums. Then sprinkle in some pan flutes or whatever other new age-y bright accent instrument you have lying around, and distort and overdrive the hell out of all of it.

It’s so awesome.

Have you ever come up with one of those “songs to bring to a deserted island” lists?

All of mine are rhythmic noise. It’s my singularly favourite genre out of a few terabytes worth of music.

So yuh, you bet I’m pretty excited about a new Electronic Substance Abuse album!

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Killing Joke - Pylon

Album Review – Killing Joke – Pylon (2015)

Full disclosure – I didn’t consider myself a big Killing Joke fan – but after listening to Pylon, I feel like I’ve been missing out on a unique experience.

The band reunited with their original format a few years ago, and have since been steadily pressing albums.

Killing Joke are the prophesied horsemen of the apocalypse, an aural assault of melodic chords and power riffs, guided by Jaz’s legendary political diatribe. Released just in October this year, Pylon is utterly mind-blowing.

Check out my full review on Spill Magazine – you don’t want to miss this.

Killing Joke – Pylon 2015 on iTunes Music – Buy the damn album!