Wow! Release’s long awaited second industrial compilation contains three discs inside an intricate folding sleeve that is an origami nightmare (and apparently a bitch to get manufactured, hence the delay of the release).
Unwrap it carefully and you’ll find 32 exclusive tracks from the best of the underground ? both from the blow-yer-speakers militia and the ambient scene. CD #1 is the atmospheric one, starting off with Vidna Obmana’s distinctively hypnotic sound that I can’t get enough of. Mick Harris’ Lull alter ego also provides one of the highlights with a new bleak soundscape of slowed-down bowed gongs entitled "Found." Then rhythm begins to enter the picture as the ritualistic sounds of England’s Tuu precede the noise & beats of Mandible Chatter and a 16-minute drum machine piece by James Plotkin (aka The Joy Of Disease).
The second CD displays the only fault with this compilation, as the rhythms switch from the off-beats of the ritualistic Hybryds to the machine-like loops of James Plotkin and Namanax, then to the out-of-place hip-hop remix of O Yuki Conjugate and the equally foreign dub bass line on the track by Solarus. The compiler would be wise to stick to the noise textures and leave the rhythm mixing to the DJs. The third disc is the all-noise sequence featuring Illusion Of Safety, Vancouver’s Haters, Staalplaat’s Frans De Waard as Kapotte Muziek and Release artists Masonna and Atrax Morgue. Don’t know how Merzbow and Aube got passed over ? maybe they took an afternoon off.