Boomkat Product Review:
Dark Entries present this massively expanded edition of Severed Heads’ pivotal album Come Visit The Big Bigot  in the wake of its 30th anniversary. Basically there’s a lot of industrial reissues in circulation right now, but this one blows most of ‘em out out of the water!
Originally realised some seven years into Severed Heads’ lifespan, …Bigot finds the endlessly innovative Tom Ellard at the peak of his inventive powers, blending synth-pop with industrial/post-punk disciplines and rogue concrète chicanery in a way that laid the ground for so much other music to come; from AFX to Hot Chip, Coil and Powell.
Everything in Come Visit The Big Bigot is layered, kerned, pinched and manipulated to painstaking degrees, yet all done at the service of the ’floor and sparking dancing bodies, minds in a classic sense which has fed forward into IDM, braindance and even the biggest stadium EDM and dance-pop, in its own way.
Adding seven tracks to the original LP’s twelve, Dark Entries offer a definitive survey of Severed Heads in their fecund prime, at a crucial time when industrial dance music was spanning the globe, during the same year in which they toured with Skinny Puppy and the 1st time they released a record simultaneously in EU, USA, and their native Oz.
Just hold up any of these productions to almost anything else from 1986 and the difference between SH’s crystalline density and clinical execution in shots such as the delirious Propellor or the warped pop of Phantasized Persecutory Beast speak volumes to their pioneering thrust. Likewise the extra tracks, mostly taken from B-sides and remixes, give more room to marvel at Ellard’s ingenuity, as in wayward highlights heard on the unhinged jack of George The Animal, and the staggering detail of Nature 10, which arguably sounds more futuristic than anything else from the last 30 years.