Boomkat Product Review:
EBM/industrial pioneers Esplendor Geomtrico meet Chilean-German boffin Atom TM in a dream-fusion of their respective electronic muscle and gristle as ASA for Raster. They are not fucking-about here!
Named for an acronym of their first initials, Arturo Lanz, Saverio Evangelista, and AtomTM, aka ASA, form a recombinant beast with ‘radial’, the result of pitting their energies in a reflux of vintage industrial thrust with a thirst for modernist production. The album sits among the heaviest, rudely funked on Raster with a superb clash of textured samples dissected in hyper-crisp digital angularities certain to trigger and reprogram well tested muscle memories. The approach and final product speak directly to shared roots in ‘80s industrial body musicks, and likewise a Latin provenance that that can be heard and in their cyborg-sexy offbeat syncopations and feel for physically grinding machinery, resoundingly rent in imaginary workshop/warehouse space.
Too often the old guard of industrial music can return to the fray sounding dated and cliché, but not ASA. ‘Radial’ sounds classic but fresh, or as the label astutely put it “outstandingly atemporal… even meta-contemporary”. With little recourse to the timestamps of melody, they finely twist sine waves and panel-beaten percussion into compelling rhythmelodic forms that prompt the most crooked movement from dancers in the most classic sense of industrial musick, and likewise give the shadow dwelling types something to really chew on while they scowl at those who do get down.
They keep it playfully obtuse between highlights such as the militant stepper ‘Modernizacion Acelerada’ and the convulsive funck of ‘We Need a Medic’, jamming divebombing synths and cattleprod percussive blows into the hard-working ‘Trabajador Radial’, and mechanically reclaimed brawn of ‘Kreise’ or the jaw-disclocating gurns of ‘Enredando’, and like a scuzzy answer to Alva Noto meets Emptyset in ’Spazio’.