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Boomkat Product Review:
Directly percussive and starring guest turns from Daniel Miller, Dome’s 3rd album is the most rhythm-focussed and crankiest of their short but inspirational run c. 1980-1982, following the first demise of post-punk legends Wire.
Where the first Dome volumes spanned everything from ghostly pop songs to noise, ‘Dome 3’ is undoubtedly driven by an itch to bang and klang with a post-industrial, disco-not-disco appeal. Of course, the contrary buggers would call the album’s one beatless track ‘Danse’, and they even lean into jazz in their own way on the self-evident ‘Jasz’, but the rest retches with bilgy noise and radioactive rhythms that work somewhere between Throbbing Gristle and the kind of rotted pulse also found in the Two Daughters LP.
The maddest of those are found in the hyper-ventilating ‘AN-AN-AN-D-D-D’, the nuclear waves of ‘NA-DRM’, and the fusion of jagged arps with Andrea Conway’s plaintive vox in ‘DASZ / ROO-ANS’, which all recall cuts from Bruce Gilbert’s ‘The Shivering Man’ LP, while the post-punk DJs should be looking for possible dancefloor action in the slompy swagger of ‘BA-DR’ and the dubbed-out skronk ’n pomp of ‘D-D-BO.’