The Opposer Divine - Reverse/Human
Sometimes you really have to set aside a few minutes to try to get into the mind of the artist to see and feel where they are coming from. Sometimes that can be easy when you are very familiar with not only the artist's music, but the artists themselves. I am familiar with The Opposer Divine's music, but I don't know the artist personally. It's difficult to pin point where Boris' or Minor Float's, as he likes to be called, mind is during the creation of his songs without any insight to his influences in the themes he revolves his music around. What I do know is The Opposer Divine exists in a dark quadrant over-run by dystopian scores, soundscapes, science and perhaps otherworldly beings. I had the pleasure of reviewing The Opposer Divine's previous album Barb Wire Around Your Neck. It was laced with plenty of atmospheric and experimental elements mixing in powerful electro rhythms with IDM and down tempo influences. There was a lot to look forward to after Barb Wire Around Your Neck. Thankfully it did not take long for another joint venture between Aliens Production and The Opposer Divine.
2016's Reverse/Human is deliberately layered and paved with crawling to steady paced rhythms expanding the comfort zones of both the artist and the listener. There exists an experimental foundry that feeds all of the tracks on the Reverse/Human organism. The album instantly lures the listener into its electronic foundation. After a brief intro, "Human Animal" and "Reverse" forge ahead with organic and synthetic weaponry doubling as a wall of mutant sounds and triggered fury. The tracks have a slightly more polished atmospheric electro feel than the previous work. Mr. Float is like a surgeon carefully picking his spots to insert his tweezers, pliers and other tools of the trade to manipulate the canvas into chilling soundscapes of the body electric. "War" is another track that solidifies the presence The Opposer Divine's skill and craftsmanship. It moves into a faster danceable tempo, diving into the less traveled depths of darker electro chasms only the select few dare enter. I can't help but feel hints of late 90's Decoded Feedback intertwined into the complex score The Opposer Divine has created. "Magnetic Field", "Life", "Last Messiah" and "This Is It" make up the body of Reverse/Human by pushing the boundaries of heavy experimentation, chilling atmospherics and dark electro with long drawn-out instrumental pieces, and various tempo changes. The vocals range from the whispered "Magnetic Shield" where the music and vocals blend so fine that separation seems impossible, to the more direct approach witnessed in "Last Messiah" and "This Is It" that takes the lead position in the overall sound of the song. "Ice Planet" showcases the ramblings of Charles Manson set to glitchy and atmospheric blends. "Arrival sets the stage for the final track with nearly six minutes of calculated premeditated murderous rhythms drawing inspirations from a place deep within the coils of the artist's mind. A perfect blend of the old and new exists in the concluding routine on the album titled "Deceit Of The Saints". The experimental piece surfaces in the beginning with voices swirling and chattering inaudible conversations around you as if you slowly woke up from an unwanted and unexpected induced sleep trying to gather your senses only to realize you are strapped to an examination table crafted by malevolent extraterrestrial biological entities. As the terror sets in the music matches the feeling. The helpless state of being controlled elevates the heart rate and the beat of the music quickens to a steady spiraling crescendo only to wither back into a dark corner of complete isolation. After nearly ten minutes of driving rhythms and terrifying yet enchanting sounds, the final forty seconds reveal almost no sound. You are alone with your thoughts. I really thought this track captured all of the parts working together seamlessly to deliver a bestial assault of power, and a schooling in programming. The complexity and diversity of "Deceit Of The Saints" showcases what made The Opposer Divine so intriguing in the previous releases all the way through Reverse/Human.
As you settle into the release the discoveries seems endless. With every listen, something new is revealed. This is a testament to the artist’s ability to capture our senses for a little while. If you like what you hear, check out more artists on Aliens Production such as Tympanik Audio's Access To Arasaka, as well Terminal State whom Mr. Float is a member of along with his brother Tomas. This is a score! Highly recommended!Apr 18 2016
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