IMMINENT: Cask Strength CD Ant-Zen
Has it really been so long since Imminent (Starvation)‘s last full-length release ‘Nord’? However long then it certainly seems well worth the wait as this reeks of excellence from the word go.
Opener ‘Seracs’ harks an immense return with cut and paste glitches that build into a monster of suspense, driving beats and bass that carry subtle chopped up vocals into an impressive array of driven electronics.
Ghost like operatic vocals are catapulted along with ‘Gari’ and its insane mash up of plastic beats that trip over each other and never totally lose sight of themselves; this in turn is followed by the outright lunacy of ‘Bock’ which folds smashing rhythm sections into industrial madness and an undercurrent of dare I say it, Gabba; of course I do use this terminology loosely as to be frank, it’s fucking mental no matter what genres fly out at you.
It’s an interesting if not peculiar subject matter thematically that Imminent has utilised for this release, the subject of strong whisky distillation. The press release goes into the process of maturation of whisky during casks and the state it’s in whilst not drinkable (unless I presume you want to kill yourself). Like I said it’s interesting and we could have had more info in the cover surrounding this subject even if I am desperately trying to find the link up between this and the music with its even more bizarre song titles.
Its not all completely bat-shit insane; there are the more toned down atmospherics of ‘Lorsc’ to mellow out somewhat to, with electronic tribal patterns and harmonious pads and chanting vocal lines and whistling that come as a welcome break from the hammer to the face build up of previous songs.
‘Cask Strength’ is nowhere near as bleak as previous releases and it almost seems as though Imminent is having a lot of fun here; it’s as rhythmic and heavy as before and there are spaces for genuine atmosphere to rise through the maelstrom of beats of which he treats us to in abundance.
A welcome return and a relief to see that time certainly hasn’t diluted Imminent’s approach to electronic industrial aggression.