DeLIEN: Identity Annex tape (Detroit Industrial/Void, 2015)April 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment
Detroit’s Kirill Slavin has been making kickass hardware-based industrial/breakcore since the ’90s. He hasn’t released much more than a handful of CDs and a 12″ on Low Res, but everything is guaranteed quality. This tape has 4 tracks, some of which are lengthy jams that just blast through ideas excitedly. Opener “Judgement Call” has a steady industrial beat and scattered voices and noise bursts, and it sounds awesome, but “User Interface” is a 12 minute thrill ride through smashed samples and convulsing rhythms. It starts out uptempo and breakcore-ish, but it frequently lapses into halftime electro beats, and keeps frantically skittering and stammering. “How To” has fun adding noise bursts to a children’s story record. Then there’s “Rose Covered Steel”, the tape’s longest, most aggressive, and best cut. It starts out harsh and frenzied, then settles into a sort of demented twitchy techno beat, with plenty of noisy static interruptions. It goes through periods of less and more going on, but it’s still always changing and exciting. Every time it feels like it’s going to settle into a dance groove, it blows up and gets corrupted. And then it just falls to the floor with a thud. Grip it at Bandcamp.