Microchip Terror - Illegal Experiments
Synthwave, EBM Background Data: Last year we were terrorized by a bludgeoning assault of robot fueled terror at the hands of the insane doctor, also known by his stage name Microchip Terror. The message was clear, humans are soon to be erased out of existence by way of the robot apocalypse. Knowing that humans are a necessary evil, the insane doctor decided to experiment on how to control the human population rather than destroy it. Without humans, he would find it challenging to finance his next project. After several months of research and highly questionable experimentation on human subjects, we are left to witness the next level of all out human exploitation. Experts have determined that his mind control techniques are a derivative of the MK Ultra project the CIA started in the 1950's. It has also been determined that the complex arrangements in his music will be the carrier of the initial strand needed to later control the human subject. 

Experiment 1: The highly rated self-titled EP packed quite a punch and left a lasting impression on the human populace as well as many higher order robots. It was amongst the top rated releases on our site for 2017. Prior to that, Microchip Terror remixed the crime scanning lunatic Irving Force to the delight of human listeners. This made me question Mr. Force's dedication to ridding the world of crime since the Doctor doesn't do much in the legal realms.

Experiment 2: The latest chapter of Microchip Terror is titled 'Illegal Experiments' and can be purchased digitally through the Bandcamp site. The Doctor's lab of madness generates imagery that brings back memories of classic 80's horror movies like "The Re-animator" & "Bride Of The Re-animator". The green and black color sequences adorn the cover art as well as the pictures posted on Microchip Terror's social media pages. The music takes on a dark retro synth flavor with metal fusions occasionally dropped in to amp up the power coils. 

Synopsis: Microchip Terror unravels an offering of whirlwind power, crafty designs and plenty of high powered guests to elevate 'Illegal Experiments' to a level where more of an audience can appreciate the wonderous sonic invasion Microchip Terror has cooked up in his  lab of madness. From the beginning intro the erie synths and subtle drilling sounds set a tone for what's coming. I can almost see Brian Yuzna Presents, appear on my screen. "Into The Lab Of Madness" rips out some airy synths backed by some heavy beats and random creepy effects lingering in the rolling fog of the background. "Automated Assassins" summons the additional talent of dark synth artist Vulta. We are introduced to a wicked synth solo powered by ancient black magic and technology not yet known to the human race. Both Vulta and Microchip Terror work together flawlessly to create a memorable collaboration sure to garner a lot of attention in the future."Illegal Experiments" continues the full throttle approach to sound design with heavy bass pummeling and well executed transitions to tempo changes and the disturbing sounds from all the horrors in the lab. "Terror Bites" showcases a collaboration with the mighty Neoslave from the Laserdiscs roster. Neoslave is credited with the echoing guitar solo just beyond the midway point of the track. Guitars seems to really work well with Microchip Terror's music. We saw the guitar's relavance on the self-titled cassette with Electric Dragon's six-stringed salutation on "Cyber Tyrants". The mood of 'Illegal Experiments' changes with the short transition titled "Disposable Human Subjects". There is a feeling of solitude and fear with sinister overtones that conjure visions of human depravity in a world gone mad where bedlam is king. Perhaps the Doctor will change his ways? After the depression kicks in, the tracks once again get jacked up to a frenzy of wild sounds and furious synth work on the eight minute burner "Manufactured Existence". The addition of vocoder vocals by Gridscape adds a missing dynamic from the previous work. Microchip Terror is just fine without vocals, but it's always nice to experiment and push the limits of creativity. Protector 101 lends his remix services to the track 'Illegal Experiments". There is a grinding surge that scrapes away at the foundation replacing the grim feelings of the original with a darker more primal feel that seemed to call back to P101's 'Wastelands' days. Finally we get to the tribute part of the album in the form of a cover originally performed by the electronic genius Chu Ishikawa. With his recent passing, Microchip Terror covers "Megatron" off the 'Tetsuo' album from the early 90's. Chu Ishikawa was highly regarded by all and worked with Shinya Tsukamoto and Takashi Miike to produce soundtracks to their films.

Conclusion: Microchip Terror delivers another bestial invasion of sinister synth work and electronic executions. The collaborations with Protector 101, Vulta, Neoslave and Gridscape are top of the line and fit perfectly with the rest of the album. Microchip Terror is on top of his game. It will take a goliath effort to top this one but i'm confident the Doctor will get the job done when the time comes. I have a feeling a physical version is in the works on COG Recordings.  There are a few copies of the debut cassette left as of today. Support the madness and perhaps your support will spare you in the end.  
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Microchip Terror - Illegal Experiments

8.5
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Released off label 2018
Background Data: Last year we were terrorized by a bludgeoning assault of robot fueled terror at the hands of the insane doctor, also known by his stage name Microchip Terror. The message was clear, humans are soon to be erased out of existence by way of the robot apocalypse. Knowing that humans are a necessary evil, the insane doctor decided to experiment on how to control the human population rather than destroy it. Without humans, he would find it challenging to finance his next project. After several months of research and highly questionable experimentation on human subjects, we are left to witness the next level of all out human exploitation. Experts have determined that his mind control techniques are a derivative of the MK Ultra project the CIA started in the 1950's. It has also been determined that the complex arrangements in his music will be the carrier of the initial strand needed to later control the human subject. 

Experiment 1: The highly rated self-titled EP packed quite a punch and left a lasting impression on the human populace as well as many higher order robots. It was amongst the top rated releases on our site for 2017. Prior to that, Microchip Terror remixed the crime scanning lunatic Irving Force to the delight of human listeners. This made me question Mr. Force's dedication to ridding the world of crime since the Doctor doesn't do much in the legal realms.

Experiment 2: The latest chapter of Microchip Terror is titled 'Illegal Experiments' and can be purchased digitally through the Bandcamp site. The Doctor's lab of madness generates imagery that brings back memories of classic 80's horror movies like "The Re-animator" & "Bride Of The Re-animator". The green and black color sequences adorn the cover art as well as the pictures posted on Microchip Terror's social media pages. The music takes on a dark retro synth flavor with metal fusions occasionally dropped in to amp up the power coils. 

Synopsis: Microchip Terror unravels an offering of whirlwind power, crafty designs and plenty of high powered guests to elevate 'Illegal Experiments' to a level where more of an audience can appreciate the wonderous sonic invasion Microchip Terror has cooked up in his  lab of madness. From the beginning intro the erie synths and subtle drilling sounds set a tone for what's coming. I can almost see Brian Yuzna Presents, appear on my screen. "Into The Lab Of Madness" rips out some airy synths backed by some heavy beats and random creepy effects lingering in the rolling fog of the background. "Automated Assassins" summons the additional talent of dark synth artist Vulta. We are introduced to a wicked synth solo powered by ancient black magic and technology not yet known to the human race. Both Vulta and Microchip Terror work together flawlessly to create a memorable collaboration sure to garner a lot of attention in the future."Illegal Experiments" continues the full throttle approach to sound design with heavy bass pummeling and well executed transitions to tempo changes and the disturbing sounds from all the horrors in the lab. "Terror Bites" showcases a collaboration with the mighty Neoslave from the Laserdiscs roster. Neoslave is credited with the echoing guitar solo just beyond the midway point of the track. Guitars seems to really work well with Microchip Terror's music. We saw the guitar's relavance on the self-titled cassette with Electric Dragon's six-stringed salutation on "Cyber Tyrants". The mood of 'Illegal Experiments' changes with the short transition titled "Disposable Human Subjects". There is a feeling of solitude and fear with sinister overtones that conjure visions of human depravity in a world gone mad where bedlam is king. Perhaps the Doctor will change his ways? After the depression kicks in, the tracks once again get jacked up to a frenzy of wild sounds and furious synth work on the eight minute burner "Manufactured Existence". The addition of vocoder vocals by Gridscape adds a missing dynamic from the previous work. Microchip Terror is just fine without vocals, but it's always nice to experiment and push the limits of creativity. Protector 101 lends his remix services to the track 'Illegal Experiments". There is a grinding surge that scrapes away at the foundation replacing the grim feelings of the original with a darker more primal feel that seemed to call back to P101's 'Wastelands' days. Finally we get to the tribute part of the album in the form of a cover originally performed by the electronic genius Chu Ishikawa. With his recent passing, Microchip Terror covers "Megatron" off the 'Tetsuo' album from the early 90's. Chu Ishikawa was highly regarded by all and worked with Shinya Tsukamoto and Takashi Miike to produce soundtracks to their films.

Conclusion: Microchip Terror delivers another bestial invasion of sinister synth work and electronic executions. The collaborations with Protector 101, Vulta, Neoslave and Gridscape are top of the line and fit perfectly with the rest of the album. Microchip Terror is on top of his game. It will take a goliath effort to top this one but i'm confident the Doctor will get the job done when the time comes. I have a feeling a physical version is in the works on COG Recordings.  There are a few copies of the debut cassette left as of today. Support the madness and perhaps your support will spare you in the end.  
Feb 21 2018

Off label

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

Luke Jacobs

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