Illegal Experiments II Synthwave, EBM Microchip Terror The insane Doctor has made his triumphant and glorious return to the laboratories that feed his insatiable desire to manipulate and recreate sonic experimental textures paired with advanced biomechanical gore and piercing dark synth augmentations splattered with scientific imagery. Our journey begins with the intrusive yet very ominous intro titled 'The Experimentation Continues'. The creepiness builds in a way that something very sinister this way comes. The eeriness rolls in like the fog off of a distant lake. Eventually the fog breaks and beyond the shadows emerges all out chaos that goes by the name 'Death Rendered In Steel'. It is here that all of the relentless experimentation begins to manifest into the current form Microchip Terror has evolved into. It continues with 'Circuitry Of Doom'. Both tracks employ a healthy dose of high velocity BPMs surrounded by rapid fire incisions injecting unrelenting fury, mysterious tactics and all out aggression into the music. Layers in the design demonstrate a crafty ability to place a plethora of tightly wound and very precise sounds in exactly the right spot to fill the wave of sound with a feeling of insanity and complete control at the same time.The album continues with more sounds straight off the operating table. As the music plays, there are different levels of experience. First is sound as a base. The music is intense and will certainly have the listener's attention. It's what happens when the music goes beyond hearing and starts to attack the other senses. The next level is the visualizations that force their way into the experience. Think of Brian Yuzna's H.P. Lovecraft inspired film From Beyond; Illegal Experiments II may be the perfect companion. What happens in that film is what I think of while listening to this album; otherworldly terror that exists in our world. An upheaval to status quo and a statement to the masses. Microchip Terror is a force to reckon!'AL-245' mixes dark synth with modern Front Line Assembly vibes. The vocals open as robotic and shift to an aggressive guttural feel you would expect from perhaps a death metal band. 'AL-245' will summon your aggression. 'Terror Bites Again' pounds out whirlwinds of highflying insanity with streams of sound that seem to be plucked right out of old films about alien invasion. 'Rusty Angels' slows down quite a bit from the previous sonic onslaughts. It's a slower industrial piece with plenty of intricacies yet devoid of the of trademark quirky and delightfully quixotic insertions prevalent in many of the Microchip Terror tracks. 'Mechanical Gore' can be seen as the evolution of the 'AL-245' sound. The vocals promote aggression and shed light to the Doctor's background with more synthetic death metal explorations.A remixed version of "Circuitry Of Doom" dwells near the end of the album. It is crafted by Drumcorps, who is known for working within many different genres such as grindcore, breakcore, jungle, ambient, and more. 'Circuitry Of Doom' takes another turn into the metal realm. Two minutes and fifteen seconds of amalgamations amongst several genres invite a curiosity factor to explore the diverse worlds of Drumcorps. After this remix, it becomes a necessary voyage to embark on. The experiments end with a cover of 'Myrtle Wyckoff' originally released by Love Spread. Oddly enough it's quite similar in design from the original to the cover. The vocals steer away from the metal and work into more melody with less aggression than felt on the other vocal tracks. 'Myrtle Wyckoff' is still high energy and gives off a potent dose of pure power propelled by Microchip Terror's desire thrash out and destroy anything it so chooses. With each release the experiments shift and move further into areas of undocumented territory for the insane Doctor. Illegal Experiments II takes Microchip Terror to the pinnacle of deviant sound and expression. With some production assistance from Dynatron, Microchip Terror radiates with even more glowing brilliance that we have come to expect with his releases. The cover art solicits an uneasy feeling of what's about to be unleashed upon the ears of listener.  Microchip Terror spends a lot of time on the imagery and the sound.  It definitely pays dividends when the music is uncaged like a raging, hungry, howling beast that never relents on tearing, slashing and bashing its way to its new found freedom! This is the next chapter in the Doctor's legacy. This will be a tough one to top, but knowing the Doctor, more wild rides into the abyss of insanity are waiting.  450
Brutal Resonance

Microchip Terror - Illegal Experiments II

8.5
"Great"
Released off label 2021
The insane Doctor has made his triumphant and glorious return to the laboratories that feed his insatiable desire to manipulate and recreate sonic experimental textures paired with advanced biomechanical gore and piercing dark synth augmentations splattered with scientific imagery. 

Our journey begins with the intrusive yet very ominous intro titled 'The Experimentation Continues'. The creepiness builds in a way that something very sinister this way comes. The eeriness rolls in like the fog off of a distant lake. Eventually the fog breaks and beyond the shadows emerges all out chaos that goes by the name 'Death Rendered In Steel'. It is here that all of the relentless experimentation begins to manifest into the current form Microchip Terror has evolved into. It continues with 'Circuitry Of Doom'. Both tracks employ a healthy dose of high velocity BPMs surrounded by rapid fire incisions injecting unrelenting fury, mysterious tactics and all out aggression into the music. Layers in the design demonstrate a crafty ability to place a plethora of tightly wound and very precise sounds in exactly the right spot to fill the wave of sound with a feeling of insanity and complete control at the same time.

The album continues with more sounds straight off the operating table. As the music plays, there are different levels of experience. First is sound as a base. The music is intense and will certainly have the listener's attention. It's what happens when the music goes beyond hearing and starts to attack the other senses. The next level is the visualizations that force their way into the experience. Think of Brian Yuzna's H.P. Lovecraft inspired film From Beyond; Illegal Experiments II may be the perfect companion. What happens in that film is what I think of while listening to this album; otherworldly terror that exists in our world. An upheaval to status quo and a statement to the masses. Microchip Terror is a force to reckon!

'AL-245' mixes dark synth with modern Front Line Assembly vibes. The vocals open as robotic and shift to an aggressive guttural feel you would expect from perhaps a death metal band. 'AL-245' will summon your aggression. 'Terror Bites Again' pounds out whirlwinds of highflying insanity with streams of sound that seem to be plucked right out of old films about alien invasion. 'Rusty Angels' slows down quite a bit from the previous sonic onslaughts. It's a slower industrial piece with plenty of intricacies yet devoid of the of trademark quirky and delightfully quixotic insertions prevalent in many of the Microchip Terror tracks. 'Mechanical Gore' can be seen as the evolution of the 'AL-245' sound. The vocals promote aggression and shed light to the Doctor's background with more synthetic death metal explorations.

A remixed version of "Circuitry Of Doom" dwells near the end of the album. It is crafted by Drumcorps, who is known for working within many different genres such as grindcore, breakcore, jungle, ambient, and more. 'Circuitry Of Doom' takes another turn into the metal realm. Two minutes and fifteen seconds of amalgamations amongst several genres invite a curiosity factor to explore the diverse worlds of Drumcorps. After this remix, it becomes a necessary voyage to embark on. The experiments end with a cover of 'Myrtle Wyckoff' originally released by Love Spread. Oddly enough it's quite similar in design from the original to the cover. The vocals steer away from the metal and work into more melody with less aggression than felt on the other vocal tracks. 'Myrtle Wyckoff' is still high energy and gives off a potent dose of pure power propelled by Microchip Terror's desire thrash out and destroy anything it so chooses. 


With each release the experiments shift and move further into areas of undocumented territory for the insane Doctor. Illegal Experiments II takes Microchip Terror to the pinnacle of deviant sound and expression. With some production assistance from Dynatron, Microchip Terror radiates with even more glowing brilliance that we have come to expect with his releases. The cover art solicits an uneasy feeling of what's about to be unleashed upon the ears of listener.  Microchip Terror spends a lot of time on the imagery and the sound.  It definitely pays dividends when the music is uncaged like a raging, hungry, howling beast that never relents on tearing, slashing and bashing its way to its new found freedom! This is the next chapter in the Doctor's legacy. This will be a tough one to top, but knowing the Doctor, more wild rides into the abyss of insanity are waiting. 
Mar 05 2021

Off label

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

Luke Jacobs

info@brutalresonance.com
I review stuff sometimes. Reviewer since 2012

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