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Poster boy for the neo-EBM revolution, Phase Fatale attacks with muscular gusto on his debut album for Ostgut Ton
Booting off two years after his ‘Redeemer’ album for Hospital Productions and leading from his link-up with Silent Servant, Berlin’s Hayden Payne aka Phase Fatale defines EBM in 2019 as a more economic sibling to its ‘80s forebears, essentially leaving the hoary vocals but accentuating its kinky, percussive drive and industrial sound design.
Running mostly at a 120bpm pace, but often slower, the session concentrates his energies into 8 lurching chassis built from hard drums, jagged 16th note drops and plangent synth arcs in a classic style trimmed to contemporary tastes. If you’re after straight-up dancefloor weaponry, run go check the swaggering darkroom dram of ‘Splintered Heels’, the gibber-jawed synth motif and steel-tipped drums of ‘Velvet Imprints’, and the clenched funk of ‘Mass Deception’, but if you’re in it for the long haul the album smartly keeps your interest with the variation of 80bpm trudge in ‘During The Freezing Porcess’ and the giurzzled sound design of ‘Proxy Cintact’.