<1979> – Overlord (CD Album – Hands)

By Jan 9,2020

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Genre/Influences: Power-noise, industrial.

Background/Info: Set up in 1998, <1979> has released a considerable number of productions. The duo consisting of Christian Bergmann and DrMolle are now back on track, unleashing their first new album since “FM Interface” (2012). The main evolution happened in the equipment, <1979> deciding to work with good-old analogue gear.

Content: “Overlord” might be seen as an antidote to the contemporary industrial production, which are often mixing techno elements in their work. <1979> holds on to the good-old elements, delivering a power-noise composition featuring an impressive arsenal of noises and sound manipulations. The cadence running through the songs remains rather slow, but all power is emerging from the electronics.

+ + + : “Overlord” will appeal to all die-hard freaks of power-noise. It’s not exactly a cheap copy from what has been done before, but a kind of power-noise v.2 edit. The main strength of the work hides in the little sonic details and multiple noises the tracks have been made by. I like the industrial loops running through “Spirit”.

– – – : I can’t get away from the idea that the tracks are sometimes a bit too repetitive. <1979> doesn’t really reach a climax in their work.

Conclusion: Hands has featured numerous progressive industrial projects and releases during the past few years, but a few projects such as <1979> are holding onto traditional power-noise.

Best songs: “Spirit”, “April”, “Echos”.

Rate: (7).


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