It is so good, dark and heavy that they must have summoned a demon from another existence plane to compose this. Seriously guys, this can’t be all a work of their own, the force is heavily disturbed by this release, the order of the Siths is about to descend on Earth and search for this source of immense dark power. From the very beginning to the last song, the album is loaded to the bone with bad vibes and there is probably no sound system that can do it enough justice.
It features many heavy collaborations. Noisia, Pythius, Neonlight, State of Mind, Audio, Prolix, Dope DOD, all names that can do standalone easy. Combine them with BSE, probably one of the few drum & bass projects that are raised to the level of gods, and you get this. A concrete block of Neurofunk that could peel off a tree from its leaves with every randomly extracted 10 seconds, as we stated also here, here and here. Particularly violent is Caterpillar, the collaboration with Virus Syndicate, a pure distillate of rap, drums and basslines that will sure populate a lot of sets from now on. Just be prepared. Another track that will have the same impact on mixes is for sure the featuring with Prolix, named No Advance, a powerful drop that will do in every set. The same can be said for Crash Dive, probably the heaviest drop in the album. The award for best sound designed track in the album, instead, in my opinion goes to The Veil (feat. Noisia), which is also the first track, just to set the bar high enough to prove theirselves to you.
The album also has an experimental vibe going on, it’s not completely drum & bass. Immersion (feat. Belle Doron) and I Saw You (feat. Sarah Henzen) leave room for vocals that confer a magical atmosphere to very different tracks from the usual Black Sun Empire style. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of being talented. Having one style, being clearly identified with it, and yet being able to deliver tracks that are totally not that style, and doing it doggy style, that’s marvellous. A mention goes also to Refuge (feat. Dope DOD), basically a rap track with a weird beat that works just fine. An overall success.
The vibe of the album is definitely Neurofunk, even if there are a lot of experimental and non-neuro sounds here and there. They managed to keep their signature sound while expanding the borders of their art and this is defintiely remarkable. -After all these years, I would be surprised of the opposite-, you will say. Well, for some people it took 5-6 years to drop new material and it was actual crap. Not in this case: the gods are back, and we’re gladly reviewing this release because it really sounds just like they’ve been listening to where the Drum & Bass world has gone in the last years and said -waitaminute, we gotta do somethin’ here, they all clownin’-. Well, not all of the others, but I am pretty sure that we can agree, the release counter has increased but the average quality hasn’t. Now it will be much harder for Neurofunk artists to catch up! If you wanna grasp an idea of how it sounds like, just listen to it hereunder, in the SoundCloud playlist. We strongly suggest you to buy it, though, and we provide the link for that as well. Enjoy bassheads!
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