Thursday, January 30, 2014

REVIEW-OPPONENTS-TELEPATHIC TIMES-FULL LENGTH-LP

OPPONENTS-TELEPATHIC TIMES-FULL LENGTH-LP
PRISON TATT RECORDS-PT031
INDUSTRIAL/ELECTRONIC/EXPERIMENTAL
COMES IN A FULLY ILLUSTRATED SLEEVE
AND COMES WITH PRISON TATT STICKERS.
LIMITED TO 166 HAND-NUMBERED COPIES.
OPPONENTS ARE:
JOSHUA SLUSHER
AARON FEINSTEIN
JOSHUA GRECO
SIDE A.)
I.) LIGHT LEADING LIGHT:
Hard industrial drum rythms set the tone and lead us in.
Creeping bass synths and a second layer of drum blasts
arrive and lead into air raid ambience and moody vocals
like something out of the early Batcave/Deathrock days.
This brings to mind bands like TONES ON TAIL, TEST DEPT
or even early ALIEN SEX FIEND.Murky synth drones and endless
loops.Minimal and complex all at the same time.There is a basic
pace and tempo to the track but it carries with it a multitude
of electronic textures and layers of experimental voyeurism.
Repetitive vocals send you into a sublime trance of euphoria
as hundreds of  signals and pulses rise in a crescendo of electric
indulgence.Total 90's gothic industrial worship with a modern edge
but in no way unoriginal or uninspired.
II.) TELEPATHIC TIMES:
Deep synths play a melancholic melody similar to something
you'd hear from SOFT CELL or the EURYTHMICS if they were
into dark, minimal coldwave.Haunting synth strings stir
up painful memories and reach deep into the soul.Mournful
vocals hang and leave like floating spectres that paint an
even deeper shade of beauty adding to an already overwhelming
canvas.Highly evocative and thought provoking.The title track
drags you down into some very mysterious territory.A place of
recollection in crystal clarity.Like entering an endless corridoor
where everything you have ever forced yourself to forget is projected
on a thousand glowing screens simultaniously.All falls to a slow end
as cold strings wind down and leave us lost within ourselves.
III.) DEAD COMMUNICATION:
No time to cry.Crushing drums packed with static and electronic
fury beat your head into the wall repeatedly like their making a
beat.Hazy and dizzying synths creep like swirling mists.Vocals
really similar to Bruce Lamont's work with CIRCLE OF ANIMALS just
add to the whole surreal vibe this has going for it.Industrial pulses
and stabbing synths prick your ears like needle points in a cruel
communication with your nervous system.Distorted screams in white
walls of static screech like anxious daemons waiting to enter a
new host.The beats break up for a time in hammering stomps and
pick up again joined by a whole new layer of ricketty rythm.
Scraping static claws into your ear cannals as frightened vocals
with hints of insanity and paranoia lead us into a brief movement
of shifting synths and electronic noize bringing side A to a close.
SIDE B.)
IV.) TRYING TO FORCE A MEMORY:
Warm ambient tones lift us off our feet and take us to a higher state
of being.Nocturnal lifeforms speak and echo on a horizon of looped low
static.Spoken word vocals in with a hint of dark sarcasm tell of evolution
and other worlds.Knives of ice gently caress your ears.A growing resonance
builds in slow motion as the vocalist continues to lecture himself on subjects
the waking world blindly ignore.Everything takes on a much darker tone as time
goes by and dim light fades.Steady beats climb out of shadowy depths and cosmic
synths rise like a mothership ready for take-off.OPPONENTS always has a way of
ascending the listener into distant planes of existence and this is a prime
example of their ability to do just that.Industrial beats and slight feedback
lift us into the heavens.Enjoy the view.
V.) RUN:
Deep pulsing synth rythms grind into your mind.Sharp gusts of noize and whirling
weirdness join the party with a big fucking grin.Next comes booming industrial
stomps and spacey keyboards.Vocals inbetween spoken and lazily sung add a whole
new attitude to the mix.A myriad of electronic experimentation perfectly timed
and controlled crank the volume past ten and lead us into some really nicely
executed transitions before it all picks up once again.For some reason this
just feels really moody to me right now.I can't help but pick up on a strong
post-punk influence here more than before.OPPONENTS seem to have formed in
the wrong decade.Or maybe they are just oldschool purists.Either way it works
out for me.
VI.) I'LL BE YOUR GOVERNMENT (SEPERATE THE EQUAL):
Razor sharp synths saw your skull in half.Rumbling pulses and hazy static.A
mid-tempo industrial rythm curb stomps your ass over and over as vocals hidden
behind walls of reverb and delay hang around in the air.Synths stuck in repeat
form electric, melodic drones.This reminds me of PIGFACE as it just feels like
a bunch of dudes collaborating in an all out jam session.The repeating ynthesizers
almost sound like what you would hear on one of PINK FLOYD's instrumental interludes.
From here it all turns into a short but heavy outro leading it all into a really
fitting end.OPPONENTS came in a campaign of conquest...Conquest achieved.
ADD SOME DIVERSITY TO YOUR RECORD COLLECTION..A GREAT ALBUM FOR NOIZE FANS,
RIVET-HEADS,PSYCHEDELIC ELECTRO GUYS STILL LIVING WITH THEIR MOTHERS AND
COLLECTORS OF ANYTHING STRANGE OR DIFFERENT IN GENERAL AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS:
8.5/10
-ABATTOIR-

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