Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released in 2002 on the Berlin-based Zhark Recordings, 'Druids' is possibly one of the finest Industrial Techno records you've never heard. There, i've said it. We can't speak for the rest of the world, but it's got a lot to own up for in Manchester, and now finally appears on digital format for those who've never sampled its dark delights on wax. The standout moment is no doubt the monolithic 'Tor', an astonishing exhibition of brutalist Hip Hop rhythms, decimating noise and boot-quaking sub-bass with the most majestic conclusion. Imagine being slowly incinerated in a 1000ºC blast furnace while a swarm of cenobites flail your flesh from bone, before the furnace disintegrates leaving you crucified, muscles melting in a nuclear-blasted landscape - and you're somewhere close to the drama and intensity of this track. But that's not even the half of it. There's also the deeply prescient 'Druids' and 'Gate'; a pair of incredible, derailed Techno trax foreshadowing bass-driven and syncopated productions from the likes of Karl O'Connor and Oscar Mulero by some years, or equally the expansive atmospheres of recent Milton Bradley moves. Factor in the still stunning 'Drone' and you have one inspirational, unmissable, and essential release.