Background/Info: Italian producer Fabrizio Matrone strikes back with his new album, which comes twenty years after he started Matter and three years after the brilliant album “Primitive Forms” –which was my favorite full length from 2018. “Raw Material” is inspired by Shoshana Zuboff’s book “The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism” and features eight songs.
Content: Matter holds on the Dark-Techno influences of the previous work and again mixes it with brutal Techno beats. The album takes off with blasting sound treatments and scratching sounds. The work is characterized by repetitive loops, which are sometimes leading the listeners –or should I say the ravers, into trance.
+ + + : The sound of Matter is a warrant for high-danceable music from the dark edge. This work is a new, powerful production, but also a true sonic chemistry between Techno- and Industrial music. The production also reveals impressive, heavy, powerful sound blasts, which especially at the debut tracks are resonating out of the speakers. Fabrizio Matrone is a sound guru or a music shaman who has accomplished a new masterpiece.
– – – : This is a great production, but without the similar magic of the previous album. The debut tracks are astonishing, but the sound formula is progressively getting repetitive.
Conclusion: “Raw Material” can’t compete with its predecessor, but it remains a brutal, dark piece of Industrial-Techno.
Best songs: “Data”, “Surplus”, “Behavioural Future Markets”, “Algorithm”.
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