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Boomkat Product Review:
Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of styles. His taste for Scorn-like halfstep manifests on opener 'Dark Matter', finding that dynamic tension between turbulent flow and hunchback lurch. Next 'Transparent Radiation' is obviously in thrall to Carsten Nicolai's Hi-Tech electro, alloying precise digital spasms with discordant melodic calculations of his own creation. There's little doubt that the bowel-quaking bass and slippery syncopation of 'The Power Of Doubt' owes a large debt to T++'s individual post-hardcore Techno engineering, but the plexus punch of offbeat kicks and metallic wormhole dynamics in 'Radiance' is pure Surgeon, and surely one of the biggest highlights. Aside from a solitary 4/4 industrial concession on 'Those Who Do Not', that's the end of the beats for this album as the rest of the set explores more exotic electronic realms, with the moiré of cascading zither-like patterns on 'Presence' and a dense drone piece in 'We Are Already Here'. Heavy.