First Decade In The Machines

By Miles Hawthorn

Ulver I believe are originally a heavy metal band from Norway and these are a set of remixes that mould their sound into something not so far removed, although with a heavy electronic feel. There is the constant theme of lycanthropy here: an evolution is afoot, the tracks shift shape into something else.

From the first remix of Crack Bug, with its slouching beats and screaming guitars, the scene is set. Track two Starts out like frequencies from outer space, signals morphing, with a melodic yet crackling guitar riff coming from out of nowhere, the static getting louder, before everything melts down and more waves of static bombard your brain.Third Eye Foundation quieten the mood momentarily with a short electronic piece of tranquil and reflective calm. But not for long as Bogdan Raczynski is here to mash things up again, taking a trip down memory lane with cute Nintendo melodies before dropping his trademark junglist bombs all over the place and then lushing out at the end. Ninja Tune's Neotropic then cuts the pace with some doom-laden breakbeats before the real noise terrorists are up to do their thing. Fennesz buries a vocal under a ton of feedback, you can hear it struggling for survival buried deep, deep down under the cluttered soup of glitch, echoes and strangled melody. Jazzkammer pile into more distorted guitars and mangled sonics which break into a slight melody for two seconds before launching into barking mad ear splitting noise until someone presses stop on the turntable. This really does make you think it's a full moon. Wrapping up the piece are V/Vm, who are described as 'more than enough' on the press release – I know what they mean. It's a real hardcore track from the Stockport noise merchants – a relentless and overcharged driller killer.

This album is for the listener who wishes to be challenged by the unorthodox – sonic collages drawing from the templates of metal and electronic experimentation.
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