DEATH FACTORY: Machinen Untter Kontrolle CDr No Visible Scars
I had initial reservations upon receiving this album, the name of the artist (taken I presume from the sub label for CMI) and the title of the release being a little too generic for my liking. It was going to be of no surprise what would come out of the speakers, although I do love power electronics so there was that to smile about at least.
For the most part this is approached in a manner I expected. With a steady barrage of blistering electronic distortion, tempered with psychedelic overtones and screeching high end blisters of noise there is a lot for the purists to relish, even if this does pander to the mainstream (in the PE sense of the word).
There are some moments on DF’s latest release that stand out; namely, ‘Manifestation of Fear’. With its steady Industrial pace, carefully cultured into a mass of writhing wires of noise over a pounding rhythm section, it eventually bubbles into a pot of visceral rage and I would like this project to position it’s sights firmly on this target in future.
As generic as this is, there is a lot here that any long-term follower of the scene should enjoy. I do think in this day and age though, that steps should be made to outclass what has come before and start introducing something new to spice things up a little to stop the rot. The movement has hit a stalemate, and if it’s not careful it will fall in on itself, as some of the larger labels out there appear to have foundations that are crumbling away; unfortunately DF are not the one to change this pattern, no matter how enjoyable some of this is.