CD Title: #2 (We Transfer)
Label emmo.biz Records
Genre: EBM/ Industrial
Released: March 6th, 2013
This album from Germany‘s MRDTC kicks off with the aptly named “#2 (We Transfer) ”. It’s a cold and creepy affair, layers of synthesised chanting playing off weirdly elongated dub-esque thrums and whomps, leading into “Traffic” - mid paced hard percussion interplaying with pure 80’s synthpop electronic. All this is overshadowed by dark doomy vocals, leading overall to a vaguely Imperative Reaction feel.
“Discretion” builds on this by introducing a satisfyingly cryptic groove which eases you nicely into “Liar”. At which points the beats beef up considerably, coming hand-in-hand with hooky yet malevolent bass and a slick, squelchy melody, harking back to Pretty Hate Machine. Also a little reminiscent of recently reviewed Public Domain Resource and Prometheus Burning’s - Interrupt0r
“For the Good Times” is absorbing and engaging, the name being deceptive as it winds back the tempo and introduces a striking change in vocal direction towards Suicide Commando like metal/aggrotech deep slow throaty growling.
“[aynosis]” further displays the band’s habit of changing the stylistic development of the various sonic elements in a way which makes it feels as if you are listening to a different band with each new track! There is great versatility here, the track taking you on a floaty, ambient industrial journey with the odd harsh divergence just to keep you grounded.
“Motif” blends Portion Control’s synthetic/industrial sensibilities with a mid-90s teutonic -march.
“Netwerk” confused and intrigued me. The intro sounded a little like “Cars” and developed into what can only be described as Gary Numan meets Combichrist’s Andy la Pluega. If you can possibly comprehend what that would sound like, imagine it backed by a sonic experiment which manages to be both harrowing and tongue in cheek!
“On Your Side” becomes spacey and more etheric, while still retaining the foreboding underbelly. It possesses the smoothness of Informatik while developing a calm instrumental feel.
“Stay” (featuring Plastic Noise Experince) brings in further, outside vocal terror and distortion, which is offset by a natural melodic brightness. “God of Anger” is a sombre yet snarling elegy, which leads into Unisono’s trance, otherworldly reinterpretation of “Motif”
Philipp Muench’s reimagining of “God of Anger” forms the albums swansong, and he recognises and works well on the band’s enduring dichotomy between its coarse and furious elements, and its hypnotic/etheric side.
Take a listen: MDRTC-Liar
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