Review: There is little to say about Coil apart from the fact that have been one of the most important groups in the industrial scene since the mid-1980s, and that they've had a massive effect on the state of electronic music today. The band formed and led by John Balance is particularly important for the latter because of the Backwards sound that they developed into the 1990's. This present compilation by Cold Spring is a comprehensive review of the Backwards sound, an incredible blend of dance beats and raucous noise infusions powered by an unmistakable EBM flavour that links up nicely with the likes of Nitzer Ebb, and that whole posse. "Fire Of The Green Dragon" is one of our personal favourites, a gorgeous twist of dubbed-about beat mechanics, and "Heaven's Blade" is exactly the sort of psychedelic, voice-driven techno that we're into these days. This is a must. For fans of all electronic music types. Killer.
Review: In 1988 and '89, legendary industrial eccentrics and LSD enthusiasts Psychic TV contributed soundtracks to two very different films: a 23-minute "short" called Kondole, and Dead Cat, a very strange, 48-minute "head movie" that featured Derek Jarman and Genesis P Orridge in starring roles. The latter is included here on DVD for the very first time (the original film reels were only rediscovered recently), alongside the full dystopian, industrial ambient soundtrack (CD1). For Psychic TV fans, this is a big deal; the doom-laden paranoid and acid-fired weirdness of the full-length version has never before seen the light of day, only the edited version of "Dead Cat" contained on 1993's Kondole - Ov Dolphins & Wales CD. It's that set, with its bonus "part three" wig-out (here titled Thee Shadow Creatures) which is presented in re-mastered form on disc two.
Review: Although Corrupted is being trailed as a "mysterious Japanese doom metal band formed in 1994", the label credits suggest it's actually the work of long-serving industrial producer Martin Bowes (previously a member of such forthright combos as Attrition, Pigface and Engram). "Felicific Algorithim" is an intensely uncomfortable and mind-altering affair, where sampled screams and redlined white noise rise above the distortion-splattered doom of the aggressive and twisted backing track. The 13-minute A-side version is, in many ways, terrifying in its disconcerting and fragmented approach, while the flipside, a kind of dark ambient version based around foreboding held notes and barely audible vocal samples, sounds like the work of lauded noisenik Dominick Fenrow.