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Inimitable “mentation electronics” visionary Black Mecha breaks down psychosonic defence systems in a potent new release snuck out via their Internal Masonry Publications. A must check for followers of Merzbow, Haswell, Viviankrist.
Following the inexorable momentum of his LPs, CDrs and tape for The Death of Rave, Profound Lore and Independent Woman Records in the only the past 12 months, the singular project is now hitting a critical velocity in various zones of the music media and chthonic scenes, including Esquire Italia who recently deemed Black Mecha’s ‘Counterforce’ LP a “disc of the decade”. Surely a Kayne call-up is only around the corner. But jesting aside, it’s very pleasing to witness such an uncompromising and non-commercial artist gaining traction in the wider world.
We can surely say that Black Mecha’s staunch values are firmly in effect on ‘Mechanised’, the project’s Xth or 10th release since their ‘AA’ side landed like white hot space junk from an alien destroyer in 2015. The inclusion of panic-setting vocal samples from film and TV lends a key difference to this EP, cropping up at opportune junctures to light off the title track’s brain-drilling squabble and clawing rhythms, and suitably sparking up and sustaining the febrile churn of ‘Operations’, which comes on to grip like the rapid onset of influenza or some unidentified space sickness, before the roiling mass of ‘With Gunships’ burns out like a planet destroyer expending every last bit of laser energy on its way down.