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The Blood of Heroes is a collaborative project consisting of Bill Laswell, Enduser, Justin Broadrick, KJ Sawka, and many more. Inspired by the original 80s film by the same title, “The Blood of Heroes” portrays a post-apocalyptic world stricken by war and chaos. Grimy guitars create desolate, harsh landscapes scarred by poverty and remnants of a once inhabitable place. This album is incredibly heavy, and rich in terms of both the sounds themselves, and the story behind it. A wide range of sounds are explored from more heavily processed, industrial, electronic drums and guitars, to very textured rhythms that have a layered quality that provides a rich, organic backing.

The album flows wonderfully in a perfectly cohesive style. Each track is bound to the other, picking up where the last left off to continue the story. Not only that, but the instrumentation is creates a grainy and harsh, but full and unique sound.

The songs all appear to explore a different place or event in this hurting world. The general mood is conflict, like there is always an overbearing problem yet to be fought through. In the end the journey will be brutal, but keep pressing onward, one foot in front of the other, and you just might stay alive.

Sorry for the delay, midterms and other school related stuff have been taking up time. ;)

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Another quality release from Enduser here. Right from the start “2/3” kicks it hard with deadly breaks and slightly adjusted vocals from “Sleeping Satellite” by Tasmin Archer. Cutting right to the chase, the EP shows no mercy by shredding and sawing a pathway to the core of its torn and broken nature. While the EP mainly showcases Enduser’s mastery of beatslicing and arranging breaks, there is also a deep melodic quality in the background that layers and weaves through the chaos.

The next track, “Death Vest 09” keeps with the consistency with eerie chimes before erupting into a break-happy montage, and “1/3” follows the same general format. The production quality on this is outstanding, and no corners are cut so that every kick, snare, and glitch has its place and is apparent. I think the album cover is a perfect representation of the music as well; shattered, chaotic, and torn, but there is still an image of something behind the front of mayhem.

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Out from the depths crawls Mathias Mootz’s, better known as The Panacea, latest album “Chiropteran.” A truly massive release that showcases only the best of his signature sinister, raunchy style. The sounds are dirty, and dark, yet finely tuned and much more refined than compared to his previous releases. The hardcore influences are clearly apparent here with sawing synths and singular heavy, smashing kicks that provide a simple, yet profound backbone for the music. While not a style that appeals to everyone, The Panacea, I think, makes this hardcore genre of music more accessible because he focuses not so much on the repetitive nature of hardcore music, but adds heavy melodic lines to compliment the abstract, harsh rhythms.

Like a spiraling vortex into terror, The Panacea bends reality through twisted sounds. The title track is the featured track for a good reason; it’s extremely percussive with massive lead synths. In away it sounds pained, stressful, like being chased by an unfathomable evil. The atmosphere is all perfect; it’s dark, but in a more twisted, unique kind of dark. It’s full of uncertainty for the listener, always keeping him alert, unsure of what is around the next corner.

The album has a very raw, primal quality. Its foundation is ruthless, gritty, sawing sounds that always keep the listener a little disoriented, but in a good way. This was one of those albums that at the end I wasn’t quite sure where I was or what had happened musically. Like I had just been through a storm that completely destroyed my once familiar surroundings and left me with a now unrecognizable wasteland.

Check this one out though, a bit out of the ordinary, but that’s what we aim for here. ;)

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i slept in these clothes

Hi guys. Since January, I have consistently received a healthy amount of email regarding the status of Clothes HQ and whether or not I’ll be coming back to post once more (which is totally awesome). I’ve also been asked often whether or not I can “review” new material from budding artists and labels.

Well, it should be apparent by my Last.fm listening activity that I am alive and well. And although pageviews have gradually decreased since our hiatus at the end of January this year, I find that I am still getting a decent amount of them which seems to indicate that the Internet just isn’t finished with this little page on the corner of the web.

Something to note is that my music tastes have shifted a bit into more of a house direction. This may or may not affect how much I potentially post from that genre. I still listen to a lot of idm, dnb, trance, dubstep, and what not though. And if I do start up again (based on feedback that I will get via email/comments), I’m going to need help on this post.

Sooo. What do you think? I appreciate any and all input. Email me or post a comment below (not sure why people would rather email me over posting below btw :p).

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The End is the 2005 record by Enduser released by the now-defunct Sublight Records. Sublight released several utterly fantastic records within electronic music: The Flashbulb’s Kirlian Selections, Wisp’s NRTHNDR, and of course Calling the Vultures, which is another release by this artist.

Weighing in at just over the forty five minute mark with eight tracks (four of them remixes), this album is all but virtually guaranteed to make you want to rip off your shirt, transform into the Hulk, and smash apart your house.

The meat of this largely consists of stellar drum and bass, however every so often it trespasses into straight up breakcore territory, especially evident in the Richard Devine remix of The End, which is an outrageously brutal track (and a simple Youtube video will never do it justice).

This album sports a remix by Submerged as well, who is another popular artist in the dnb scene (as well as the founder of the Ohm Resistance label). High quality music. Check out Bong-Ra if you like this!

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Since the label is no longer in existence, The End is a very hard album to come by physically. You can still pick up the single on 12″ on Discogs, if you’re so inclined, though.

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The much anticipated, full-length album from hard dubstep producers Broken Note explodes onto the scene with relentless percussive assaults. With booming bass kicks to sinister snares, this album feels like it could bring down a 5-foot thick lead wall. Nasty, grinding synths emit distorted shockwaves that could nearly tear right through you. The synths complement the rhythms perfectly in a wobbly, but not too cliche dubstep way. The audio has such a feeling of weight that it feels as though thousand-ton boulders are falling upon you, or that each bass kick is a swift and hard blow to the chest.

Obviously, the tracks are nothing short of an adrenaline rush. Breaking down into a DnB rush, “Meltdown” simply takes down everything in its aural path; nothing will stand in the way of this monster. Pounding, fast-paced, and out of control, everything about “Meltdown” and the rest of the release will leave you speechless, but bloodthirsty for more.

This is, without a doubt, beyond a quality release. Shredding the rules of conventional dubstep and drum & bass, and dancing on the remains, this album goes where few dare to tread.

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From Techdiff comes a colossal first release/EP. “Coronation of a Cursed King” is a masterwork of dark breakcore that might even send Aaron Funk (Venetian Snares) a run for his money. The audio sounds just as delicious and sleek as the album cover entails. Crisp, heavy, relentless breaks and glitches over carefully articulated string, and other ominous samples. This EP is nothing short of a 27-minute-long adrenaline rush that does not let you free of its aural grasp until the final second. In my opinion this is a prime example of where the future of breakcore could be heading.

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