Boomkat Product Review:
Bruce Gilbert returns with his first new solo album in nearly 10 years; an inimitably spiky, abrasive and life-affirming convulsion of atonal electronics and abyss-staring K-hole dynamics called Ex Nihilo, which follows suit with the Latin nomenclature of Ab Ovo  and the head-swallowing Oblivio Agitatum .
In the time since his last major solo release, Bruce Gilbert’s influential early work, both individual and as member of Wire and Dome, has been subject of crucial reissues which helped emphasise the importance of his groundbreaking legacy, dwelling in the cracks between post-punk and the avant-garde, to a whole new generation of ears.
There’s no shortage of critical praise for his oeuvre in circulation, so we’ll cut to the here and now, and the extraordinary, shocking grip that Gilbert’s music still possesses. Faithfully set in place by Russell Haswell’s mastering, Ex Nihilo - Latin for “out of nothing” - finds Gilbert embracing the negative, the inverse, creating vast spaces for mental projection and freefall, and lighting them up with unflinchingly grotesque sonic imagery - fulminating serialist tonal clashes in Undertow,blindly sounding out labyrinthine dimensions in Negative Mass, keeling to his signature monotone pulse with In Memory of MV, or erecting steepled and impossibly top-loaded hyaline structures in Hymn.
Lovers of visceral, extreme electronic music and/or strong drugs will be in their element with this album.