Precision Field - Close Your Eyes
Industrial

Precision Field is a Baltimore based industrial project brought to life by Hobart Blankenburg. Close Your Eyes is a 12 track release with 6 mixes of the title track and six more tracks that alternate with the remixes. The cover drawing displays two profiles, one of a human and the other appears to be an Outer Zeta-Reticulan Grey extra terrestrial biological entity. Both intently starring each other down. 

'Close Your Eyes' pummels ahead with a storm of slow thundering beats from the unthawing world of cold industrial electronics. The vocals along with sound layers intensify the foundation with terrifying ear-catching bleeps and blips soaked in blood that very well may be forged in the foundries of Hell. There is nothing pleasant in the feelings generated from 'Close Your Eyes', and I mean this a compliment. Hobart designed some seriously wicked sounds to go with his menacing vocals. The next version of 'Close Your Eyes' is remixed by local Balts, Nahja Mora. The vocals start out a bit more faint and eventually build up to the aggression Nahja Mora is known for with distant EBM beats surrounded by a bombardment of sounds that would work well as a soundtrack to alien abduction film. Najha Mora puts on a wild live show with no shortages of intensity and wolf masks. German EBM noise group, Antibody take on 'Close Your Eyes' with a stomping beat that mixes in some old school EBM pleasure. Antibody distinguish themselves by straying the furthest away from the pack with their remix, which I find strange. My research on Antibody's previous work, shows their music is more similar to what the overall feel is on these six remixes. U.K's Flesh Eating Foundation have several releases incorporating much of what the artists appearing on this release do so far but add their brand of electro punk to the mix. Although skimming through their releases, this mix seems to go in another direction. The mix is slow to moderately paced with an airy feel at times. If you have any familiarity with Flesh Eating Foundation's music, you will certainly hear their manipulations in the overall make up of the track. From what little I have heard of Flesh Eating Foundation, the vocals help deliver that electro punk vibe. I didn't get that vibe on this remix, but music has their DNA imprint on it without a doubt. Another Baltimore outfit appearing as a remixer is the mysterious Inductive One. Only Soundcloud holds their secrets. If you feel the need to dig deeper, there are nearly eighty tracks ranging from drum & bass to metal to techno. Inductive One keeps pace with all the weird sounds set to harsh soundscapes that are unsettling yet soothing at the same time. The last of the six remixes belongs to Fun Never Starts from Baltimore. This eerie mix has great flow from beginning to end with an atmospheric element overlapping the base of the track that will likely lower your body temperature a few degrees as you immerse yourself in the hallowed ground of Fun Never Starts. All remixes add a small amount to the original track displaying the styles of the artists without washing away too much of the original. Overall, they are all as enjoyable as they are interesting . 

As I mentioned above, there are six remixes of 'Close Your Eyes' and six more tracks that take a much darker path than the title track and all of the remixes. 'Ancient Riddles' and a song about a giant catfish that causes earthquakes,'Namazu' start the descent with a helping of heavy slow squirming  beats and mildly distorted Ogre-ish vocals. Several spoken samples are also mixed in that really add to the overall complicated and weird designs of Precision Field. The samples reveal little, but enough to illicit a small amount of dark wonder into the themes. 'Nephilim' and 'Coronation' take us into a place so dark only that very darkness is visible. These are two of the scariest songs I've heard in some time, especially 'Coronation'. 'Coronation' makes me think of The Exorcist with some of the exchanges between the demon Pazuzu and Father Karras. 'Leech Speech' moves away from the conjured evil feeling of the previous tracks and more into a chaotic maladroit direction littered with a collage of samples pulled from various obscure places. The last track is called 'The Art Of Stargazing'. There is a lighter mood set to the musically diverse track, proving not everything has to exist in the twisted shadowy niches of musical expectations. There is always room to expand the boundaries of the norms. The samples in the beginning remind me of how Tom Ellard utilized his sampling. Perfectly placed and deliberately obtuse. As the song progresses, the music picks up to an excitable level only to revert back to what we heard in the opening. Each section of the track blends nicely from each transition to the next. 

Precision Field's sound seems to draw from a lot of sources. There is definitely a heavy leaning towards Skinny Puppy. A lot of the music and vocals conjure the glory days of the highly acclaimed VIVIsect VI. Precision Field incorporate a highly technical and often experimental approach to the sound. The music is controlled, yet extremely chaotic at times. Dustings of S.P.K's style from Leichenschrei and Information Overload Unit permeate the inner fabrics of most songs delivering those moments where control may be lost. I'm sure there are other influences, but these are the ones that seem to grab me. Precision Field has a solid sound and plenty of programming skills to go along with it. The next step is to scale the obstacles to get to the next release. Tracks like 'Namazu' to 'Coronation' to 'The Art Of Stargazing' demonstrate a clear ability to move in a direction that will define a signature sound. Precision Field has a great foundation with limitless possibilities for the future. 

I recommend heading over to Bandcamp and paying the low price of five dolllars for twelve tracks dedicated to your listening pleasure. Check out the remixers as well. Most of them are from the Baltimore scene. All six are worthy of your attention and hard earned money!
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Brutal Resonance

Precision Field - Close Your Eyes

8.0
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Released off label 2016


Precision Field is a Baltimore based industrial project brought to life by Hobart Blankenburg. Close Your Eyes is a 12 track release with 6 mixes of the title track and six more tracks that alternate with the remixes. The cover drawing displays two profiles, one of a human and the other appears to be an Outer Zeta-Reticulan Grey extra terrestrial biological entity. Both intently starring each other down. 

'Close Your Eyes' pummels ahead with a storm of slow thundering beats from the unthawing world of cold industrial electronics. The vocals along with sound layers intensify the foundation with terrifying ear-catching bleeps and blips soaked in blood that very well may be forged in the foundries of Hell. There is nothing pleasant in the feelings generated from 'Close Your Eyes', and I mean this a compliment. Hobart designed some seriously wicked sounds to go with his menacing vocals. The next version of 'Close Your Eyes' is remixed by local Balts, Nahja Mora. The vocals start out a bit more faint and eventually build up to the aggression Nahja Mora is known for with distant EBM beats surrounded by a bombardment of sounds that would work well as a soundtrack to alien abduction film. Najha Mora puts on a wild live show with no shortages of intensity and wolf masks. German EBM noise group, Antibody take on 'Close Your Eyes' with a stomping beat that mixes in some old school EBM pleasure. Antibody distinguish themselves by straying the furthest away from the pack with their remix, which I find strange. My research on Antibody's previous work, shows their music is more similar to what the overall feel is on these six remixes. U.K's Flesh Eating Foundation have several releases incorporating much of what the artists appearing on this release do so far but add their brand of electro punk to the mix. Although skimming through their releases, this mix seems to go in another direction. The mix is slow to moderately paced with an airy feel at times. If you have any familiarity with Flesh Eating Foundation's music, you will certainly hear their manipulations in the overall make up of the track. From what little I have heard of Flesh Eating Foundation, the vocals help deliver that electro punk vibe. I didn't get that vibe on this remix, but music has their DNA imprint on it without a doubt. Another Baltimore outfit appearing as a remixer is the mysterious Inductive One. Only Soundcloud holds their secrets. If you feel the need to dig deeper, there are nearly eighty tracks ranging from drum & bass to metal to techno. Inductive One keeps pace with all the weird sounds set to harsh soundscapes that are unsettling yet soothing at the same time. The last of the six remixes belongs to Fun Never Starts from Baltimore. This eerie mix has great flow from beginning to end with an atmospheric element overlapping the base of the track that will likely lower your body temperature a few degrees as you immerse yourself in the hallowed ground of Fun Never Starts. All remixes add a small amount to the original track displaying the styles of the artists without washing away too much of the original. Overall, they are all as enjoyable as they are interesting . 

As I mentioned above, there are six remixes of 'Close Your Eyes' and six more tracks that take a much darker path than the title track and all of the remixes. 'Ancient Riddles' and a song about a giant catfish that causes earthquakes,'Namazu' start the descent with a helping of heavy slow squirming  beats and mildly distorted Ogre-ish vocals. Several spoken samples are also mixed in that really add to the overall complicated and weird designs of Precision Field. The samples reveal little, but enough to illicit a small amount of dark wonder into the themes. 'Nephilim' and 'Coronation' take us into a place so dark only that very darkness is visible. These are two of the scariest songs I've heard in some time, especially 'Coronation'. 'Coronation' makes me think of The Exorcist with some of the exchanges between the demon Pazuzu and Father Karras. 'Leech Speech' moves away from the conjured evil feeling of the previous tracks and more into a chaotic maladroit direction littered with a collage of samples pulled from various obscure places. The last track is called 'The Art Of Stargazing'. There is a lighter mood set to the musically diverse track, proving not everything has to exist in the twisted shadowy niches of musical expectations. There is always room to expand the boundaries of the norms. The samples in the beginning remind me of how Tom Ellard utilized his sampling. Perfectly placed and deliberately obtuse. As the song progresses, the music picks up to an excitable level only to revert back to what we heard in the opening. Each section of the track blends nicely from each transition to the next. 

Precision Field's sound seems to draw from a lot of sources. There is definitely a heavy leaning towards Skinny Puppy. A lot of the music and vocals conjure the glory days of the highly acclaimed VIVIsect VI. Precision Field incorporate a highly technical and often experimental approach to the sound. The music is controlled, yet extremely chaotic at times. Dustings of S.P.K's style from Leichenschrei and Information Overload Unit permeate the inner fabrics of most songs delivering those moments where control may be lost. I'm sure there are other influences, but these are the ones that seem to grab me. Precision Field has a solid sound and plenty of programming skills to go along with it. The next step is to scale the obstacles to get to the next release. Tracks like 'Namazu' to 'Coronation' to 'The Art Of Stargazing' demonstrate a clear ability to move in a direction that will define a signature sound. Precision Field has a great foundation with limitless possibilities for the future. 

I recommend heading over to Bandcamp and paying the low price of five dolllars for twelve tracks dedicated to your listening pleasure. Check out the remixers as well. Most of them are from the Baltimore scene. All six are worthy of your attention and hard earned money!
Nov 27 2016

Off label

Official relesae released by the artist themselves without the backing of a label.

Luke Jacobs

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