Album Review

V/A SENTIENT SOLDER II [coll] – [Ratskin Records]

Louie Caliente   6/28/2016   A Library, CD


19 tracks and 19 bands from our friends at Ratskin Records. Heavy distortion, industrial static, and throbbing rhythms are common themes, but there’s still an incredible amount of sonic variety here. Something for everybody!

1 Moor Mother Goddess: Thumping, distorted, and soulful goodness.
2 Future Blondes: Pounding beats and synth noise.
3 Las Sucias: Industrial Reggaeton!!!!
4 Beast Nest: Ambient and squiggly.
5 Thoabath: Static and lo-fi Puerto Rican trashcan rhythms and raps!!!
6 Black Dog: Black metal punk.
7 Coral Remains: Slow industrial beats with punches of pulses and waves of fuzz.
8 Big Debbie: Heavy beat, ringing guitar, and haunting suicide-esque vocals. Almost dancy.
9 Fleshlight: Fast glitchy drum machine bongos. Distortion slowly cranks up and beats meld into something larger. Definitely dancy!
10 Jeweled Snakes: Synthy sci-fi dark post-new-wave.
11 Maya Songbird: Fuck music.
12 Bonus Beast: Rumbly beats and gurgly rhythms.
13 Tralphaz: Harsh blasts of static and a broken walkie-talkie from hell.
14 Black Spirituals: Droney and pretty guitar harmonics. First minute is very quiet.
15 Malocculsion: Abrasive nastyness. Buzzing alarms, sparking electrodes, and deep growls.
16 Zanna Nera: Retro 80s synth-pop with an industrial satanic bent.
17 Styrofoam Sanchez: Electronic thunderstorm on a sea of sludge.
18 Slanted Square: Echoing melodic synths juxtaposed with screechy looped samples.
19 Loachfillet: Like a lost castle level from Super Mario Bros, but with way more than 8 bits.

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