Boomkat Product Review:
Soft Metals’ Ian Hicks (not Mordant Music or Hixxy!) hits Glasgow’s Clan Destine with his first post-Soft Metals project; a glut of writhing, new beat, EBM and industrial compatible beat-offs built for the darkroom.
Drawing on the “capricious winter of the Pacific North West” as his bountiful muse, the Portland OR-based producer bunkers down to six cuts that are far more blunted, atonal and grubby than his much-loved synth-pop output.
Cede To A Rival rains down an intense, slow-motion EBM beating; Repression And Rectitude works in the cracks between Killing Joke dubs, Chris & Cosey and The Klinik; Extracted whips up recoiling kicks and gnawing acid to leave you with internal bleeding.
Find Inside foregrounds his more melodic sensibilities in a discordant hall-of-mirrors arrangement; Valentine canters like a trancing midnight stallion; False Awakening riffs on a killer cyber-techno theme with potential for a massive hit in parallel EBM dimensions.