Boomkat Product Review:
Expanded reissue of ’Snakedressed’ , by Klink’s legendary Dirk Ivens as Dive, backed with choice cuts from the same era, including collaborations with Kirlian Camera and Controlled Bleeding
Salvaged from the wastelands of late ‘90s EBM/Industrial, ’Snakedressed’ speaks to a time when this style was out in the woods compared to its earlier golden phase. All the hallmarks of Dirk’s sound are in place - snarling vox, lugubrious drums, dank atmospheres - but to be honest it sounds dated by this point.
However, the bonus disc is well worth checking, highlighting four cuts from his ‘Obsession’ collaboration with Kirlian Camera, including the titular EBM-pop song, plus two pulsing zingers from the ‘2/3’ compilation on Germany’s Hands Productions, and the Carter Tutti-esque 20 minutes of ‘Glow In The Dark’, an obscure Portuguese split release with Controlled Bleeding.