Artist: Audio War
CD Title: Under Enemy Control
Label: MOMT Records
Reviewer: Matthew Johnson
This collection of remixes from Audio War's debut full-length is a nice blend of industrial strength and funky beats, very much in keeping with the spirit of the original album. Starting off heavy and hard, things kick off with KreuzDammer's mix of "Super Freak," a ripping industrial metal instrumental that's perfect for mosh pits as well as dance floors, while British gothic band Libitina shows up with a mix of "One Drug" that's about as dreary as you'd expect from them but also unexpectedly funky enough to get you moving in spite of the moping synthesizers. Perhaps the most epic mix comes from The Pain Machinery's "Filthy Sex Mix" of "Audio Crash." Shifting first from industrial soundscape to grim death march, then again to pounding guitar-laced EBM, it's the closest this CD comes to having a song with distinct movements. Though the rest of the remixes are for the most part fairly simple, there are some real gems here for those inclined to get their groove on, including a funky big beat mix of "Breaking Down" by Audio War themselves and a heavy but somehow cheerful remix of "Money Shot" by Hypefactor. This isn't genius stuff, exactly, but it's an infectious mixture of techno rhythm and industrial rock edginess that's sure to appeal to fans of The Prodigy.
For more about this band, visit www.audiowar.co.uk.