April 6, 2005

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Angeltheory, Re-possession
Endless Records, 2006

Unfortunately for all the gothies, there aren’t many darkwave artists able to last a round in this weight class. Aside from the standard-issue Skinny Puppy snarl from which Charles Fenech’s voice never deviates, Re-possession — even more so than 2004’s Fatal Condition, released on hometown Aussie label Ground Under — explores its fog-swirled habitat with genuine curiosity, evoking day-glo skeletons in the graveyard without relying on R-rated dialog samples to do all the work. Though not a noise album in the strictest sense, it’s built around industrial drum tracks far more complex than what you’d hear from the average Berlin horror-conventioner, and the symphonic bytes attain above-par realism when Fenech is able to motivate himself. It’s resoundingly danceable, from vampire-hotrod opener “Breathe” to the aqualung percussion of the Terrorfakt-assisted “No Frequency” (a slightly reworked version of which wound up on Terrorfakt’s Cold World Remixes LP). For deviation’s sake, Tortoise-like astro-trance filler moves outro track “Horizon” along before it goes down in a burst of Type O Negative bombast. B
— Eric W. Saeger


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