Boomkat Product Review:
Darkside D&B reflux from the Christoph De Babalon vaults, snaring seven cuts produced 1993-1998 and absolutely essential for fans of late ‘90s/early’00s breakcore rufige a la DJ Scud, Venetian Snares, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Digital Hardcore
Cold-rushing back to the styles circa CDB’s classic album ‘If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It’, A Colourful Storm follow their previous archival excursion ‘Exquisite Angst’ with another clutch of wraithlike darkside phantasms from Hamburg, which, while not quite the centre of D&B during the era, still produced one of the sound’s most prized bastard sons with De Babalon’s take on the UK-born genre. Away from the scene’s quick moving trends, De Babalon forged his own take equally inspired by bleak classical scores and black metal atmospheres, but retaining the rhythmic innovations - if with his own, bone-clacking and gutted DIY style - in a way that escaped many other producers outside the main hotspots.
It’s unmissable for the 9” masterwork of darkcore strings and skeletal hardcore breaks in ‘No Man’s Land’, while ‘Toteninsel’ and ‘Blkue Hours’ are deadly strong pieces of gloaming BM ambience, and the likes of the title track’s ravishing bladesaw breaks and the vintage Ambush-style pressure of ‘Combine’ are straightup essential checks for the hardcore doom ravers.