is a part of what has become a trilogy of releases by Pneumatic Detach.
First came the "[re-vis-cer-a]" album, then the "[re-vis-cer-a]"
remix album and then the DVD collection "[e-vis-cer-ate]". For
"[re-vis-cer-a]", Hive Records compiled an impressive list of
big names from the industrial, powernoise and breakcore scenes and put
them into battle with some of the new artists on the cutting edge of hard
electronic music to remix original titles from the "[re-vis-cer-a]"
album. The result is an intense collection of powerful reworks aimed squarely
at dark dancefloors worldwide.
The common problem with remix albums is that they are either a mishmash
of random unconnected reworks, few of which do justice to the original
work or they are generally dull and unadventurous. Every so often someone
will turn in a remix for an album such as this that gets repeated plays
but the remainder of the album is overlooked. But then, although they
are generally few far between, a remix album will come along that features
consistently high quality remixes that naturally gel and compliment each
other to form a coherent and consistent album. "[re-vis-cer-a]"
is just such an album; dark, powerful, energetic and slightly disturbing
in varying measures.
Right from the outset, "[re-vis-cer-a]" kicks in with the power
noise and breakcore beats, blips, whirs and grinding sounds. Describing
the music as just that however doesn't do it justice; it is totally uplifting
and infectious. Aggressive, rhythmic or unnerving, each remix attacks
their respective album track in a new and equally brutal way. Grenadier's
reconstruction of 'Arrhythmia' sets the scene early on with soaring
buzzsaw whirs and a pounding rhythmic beat. Manufactura's remix of 'Moment
of Comprehension' is particularly dark and uncompromising, a swirling
maelstrom of colliding industrial whirs and hard beats, complete with
growling vocals to complete the effect. Censor's rework of 'Embers'
goes into drum 'n' bass overload with some prog rock weirdness thrown
in. Maintaining the mental breakcore mayhem is Retnah's remix of the appropriately
titled 'Relentless'. Not to be outdone, Autoclav1.1 opt for a
more rhythmic industrial power noise take on 'Slow Burn' and
Terrorfakt adopt a similar approach with their deconstruction of 'Domination'.
Rising to the challenge through the use of layered industrial drones and
rhythmic mechanical pounding are Perfection Plastic with their rework
of the same track. Continuing where they left off are Andraculoid with
the stomping aggression of their 'Minaire' remix. The only time
things slow down in any way is during Liar's Rosebush's remix of 'Mindless
Logic Swallower' which is a steadily paced rhythmic rework with all
sorts of agitated blips, nightwarish swirls, sampled voices and digital
effects. Walking the line between experimental and breakcore is Raxyor's
haunting remix of 'Archaic Voodoo'.
One of the strong points of "[re-vis-cer-a]"
is that it is not just a breakcore onslaught, some of the remixers - such
as Liar's Rosebush and Manufactura - add some atmosphere to enhance the
dark nightmarish undertones evident in some of the more aggressive remixes.
This has the effect of making the whole album varied just enough to make
it interesting without disrupting its flow or the cohesive feel of the
varied approaches of the contributing artists.