Rhys Fulber - Diaspora
It was shocking to see that upon further section our website that we never blessed Rhys Fulber, at least under his solo name, a review for his work and legacy within the industrial scene. Sure, plenty of articles have stated his intentions and releases within the darker electronic scene but never has a review boasting his synthetic mastery been written. Noting this and noting that his label debut on aufnahme + wiedergabe is coming on February 28th, 2020 I thought it was high time to give this man his properly deserved time in the spotlight.
"Diaspora" is the name of his new four track EP that will be releasing on the venerated German label. As per normal, high quality digital downloads are available for purchase alongside a 12" limited edition record to a number of 500. Describing Rhys Fulber's output on "Diaspora" is easy to the trained and familiar ear; anything ranging from techno, industrial, EBM, rhythmic noise, and combinations thereof will find plenty to love from this EP. If the opening night club scene from 1998's Blade were to have been extended and this EP released in the past, I'm sure these songs would find a righteous home among the raving party-goers.
The EP opens with the strongest song out of the bunch which is 'Slip It In' featuring Sara Taylor of Youth Code. This is a match made in heaven as Taylor's scratchy and raw voice intimidates and menaces all those before her presence and Rhys Fulber's catchy and addictive beats hypnotize. It's a slow building song, going from an atmospheric quiet and tips over the top into crunchy screaming and grimy synthetic lines. This pulse-pounding song and the rest that follow have nothing but the cleanest of production.
The following three songs follow the standard of Fulber's excellent sound design, each lasting around six minutes or longer. There are enough moments of twists and turns that throw in glitchy beats of electronic bliss and destructive and ominous oscillations. The design on 'Holy Trinitite' was perhaps my favorite of the instrumental bunches for the song followed through on its title; it gave way a cinematic and epic tale fitting the name of the song.
Fulber's EP is a welcome addition to the aufnahme + wiedergabe family but, alas, I believe that this conclusion would be redundant to all that I have already said should I keep babbling on. Once more, the EP will release on February 28th, 2020 and is worth every penny you will spend on it.
Jan 28 2020
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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