PORTION CONTROL: Pure Form CD Other Sounds / Cherry Red

PORTION CONTROL: Pure Form CD  Other Sounds / Cherry Red

It’s practically criminal that Portion Control often fail to get the recognition they so obviously deserve; responsible for being highly influential with regards to acts such as Skinny Puppy, right through to Nine Inch Nails is hardly a mistake.

Since their 2004 comeback we have been treated to some fantastic releases in their second career; ‘Pure Form’ is surely one of the best releases this duo have also let loose on the scene, period.

‘Blows’ opens the proceedings, with Dean snarling in fine form over swirling, pulsating electronics that seamlessly drift into ‘Deadstar’, a combination of early 80’s vocal sensibilities crossed with old school EBM hypnotic beats and synth patterns that have been given the necessary 2012 tweak with regards to production; gripping stuff.

Thematically speaking, there are elements on ‘Pure Form’ that revert backwards in some respects; there are ever so telling reminders scattered throughout the release that hark back to the era of ‘Raise the Pulse’ and such like, but executed with far more conviction and urgency.  Simply put, Portion Control are far more relevant than they have ever been; you could completely disregard their past and what Whybrew and Pavianni have accomplished in the past eight years alone would demolish the majority of releases coming out of similar circles from new artists out there and this album nearly tops the lot.

For those that ludicrously have not heard of Portion Control, or acknowledge their existence but haven’t heard them for some ridiculous reason, you need to pick this up now; by the time the chants of “victorious” erupt on ‘Katsu’, you will wonder which hole you have been hiding in your whole miserable life.

9.5/10

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PORTION CONTROL: Slug CD portion-control.net

PORTION CONTROL: Slug  CD  portion-control.net

I am unashamedly a massive fan of prosumer electronic and old skool EBM legends Portion Control.  Much could, and should be said about their influence on all those now major artists that the kids have taken to heart and without this duo a hell of a lot would be missing from today’s Industrial scene.

‘Roast’ opens up this new opus in obscure form preparing you for the snide vocals and EBM proper, as it should always be played; raw and driving, skin crawling and hook sinking with subtlety, dripping and oozing conviction from the off.

‘Global’ is a sneering audio bully that chugs along with a  grinding bass line leaving way for Dean to casually inform us that he has no sympathy for us anymore, with that ever evident knack of worrying the listener into believing, that if you don’t listen you are heading for a good pasting;  an evident darker side to two of the nicest lads a person could ever wish to meet.

Portion Control are not firmly stuck in the past as you may imagine; they’re quite simply one of the most relevant acts on the planet full stop.  Clever manipulations of sound and ambience are let into the mix occasionally to break up the journey and there is a sense of new found modernity and surges of desperate urgency flowing within the veins of this release in constant evolving waves of a well oiled machine and is smoothly composed from start to finish.

Slug is fun, it’s energetic, its engaging and slaps you across the face  just when you think you have been given a reprieve; it’s not a bludgeoning album, rather it’s a  taunting and threatening release that slowly grinds you down until you simply have to submit.  The originators and master’s are back, this is simply excellent.

9.5/10