This is a big challenge – how the hell to review a Blanck Mass album and not actually faint (with joy) while doing so. BM has cast off the heels and is in a relaxed and reclining position – incoming!
First track ‘John Doe’s Carnival of Error’ is completely insane – well, all previous releases were too – BM is a massive fan. A mad arpeggio breaks into stuttered words then the filters and synths really kick in, the BPM goes mad and we are in another realm, good God, and all over 2mins 30s or so – respect due!
It goes right into next track ‘Rhesus Negative’ (there will be a lot of blood) which ramps things up further, this is truly murrder on the dancefloor, probably not a dancefloor anyone would be happy to dance on, but typical BM.
‘Please’ goes back to a sparse electronic beginning, but at over 7 minutes we get disjointed voices, another brutal build up of electronic percussion and processed screaming vocals – the dark overload’s victims maybe?
‘The Rat’ is even more extreme, it just blasts out sheer hedonism, and maybe eternal fear as well… ‘Silent Treatment’ uses a vague sample of distant joy to stick it to the man again, more euphoric but just as dark, BM fucks with your ears! Maybe not literally but…
‘Minnesota’, good grief, a direct assault on the senses, is this a test for something, not pretty but it is like listening to the aftermath of a car crash – this is really good!
Last track ‘Hive Mind’ threatens to be a power ballad but just weirds out us listeners, before turning into a monumental wig-out – could this be the album of 2017 so far, well it is running quite close for BM, and for Blanck.
An amazing piece of work, and BM should be in your face soon with live dates planned – overall rating from this reviewer is that BM is better than ever!