Album artwork for :wumpscut: 'Siamese'

:Wumpscut: | Siamese (review)

The annual springtime ritual has arrived. Time to listen to :Wumpscut:’s latest work, Siamese, and examine its strengths and weaknesses in comparison with at least 12 other full-length albums. This year’s task is made all the more difficult because Siamese arrives on the heels of last year’s Fuckit and Bunkertor 7 Resample, two highpoints of Rudy Ratzinger’s long music career. So…

Cover for Red Reflection album 'Prelude to Annihilation'

Red Reflection: Prelude to Annihilation (review)

On their sophomore album, Prelude to Annihilation, Red Reflection comes across as the neo-classical progeny of Skinny Puppy side-project Doubting Thomas. Somber orchestrations are layered over tribal rhythms and the stray hip-hop beat; elegant piano passages are bruised by intermittent patches of electronic static. A spoken word intro, reminiscent of Boyd Rice, prepares the listener…

Cover artwork for 'Interbreeding II: Industrial Mutation'

Various Artists: Interbreeding II: Industrial Mutation

If you’ve been sleeping on the whole terror EBM phenomenon, Interbreeding II: Industrial Mutation from Arkansas’s BLC Productions provides a neat little primer. Including unreleased material from mainstays Hocico, Dioxyde, and Tactical Sekt, this CD is hard enough to satisfy the underground, but with a danceable edge to keep any floor packed. BLC provides a…