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Peter Kris’s prolific West Coast troupe German Army deliver another collection of ritualistic industrial dredge for Opal Tapes.
In the space of the past five years, Californian ensemble German Army have smeared their own brand of grubby power electronics across the international tape scene with delirious abandon, racking up a faintly ridiculous score of cross format albums. Included in the storied list of labels to march to German Army’s discordant beat is Opal Tapes, who scored the fine Preserving Senses C40 last year and now return for a second dose.
Coming at the end of a typically prolific year for German Army, Te Ano is the band’s tenth album and delivers an all-too satisfying onslaught of lo-fi industrial brutality that will resonate with fans of Corporate Park, HOGG or fellow Opal Tapes alum Traag. This 12-track set is at its best when German Army counter the endless harsh churn of industrial rhythms with their obvious talent for musical beauty such as Le Cap which sounds like Shoc Corridor recorded at the bottom of a well.
Still their mutant beat freak outs hit home hard too; the fizzing kinetic EBM of Property Rights wouldn’t sound out of place in an Andy Stott live set.