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i, parasite
horseslayer
tinman   2000
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submitted by alan on 16-May-2000
Moving into the second unit of nurv & j's sarcophagus of dark compositions, we encounter five new tracks and five remixes from previous full-length "turin." Alluding to the idealism that made Oneiroid Psychosis so wonderfully intriguing over the past few years, i, parasite takes on elements in this direction with additional explorations into more intense danceable themes for the club floor.

Inducted with the psychotic and disturbing track "brutality," persistent and crushing beat and bass structures drill on strongly with the insane ogre'esque ramblings. The second track, "skinlike", paces into a fast rhythmic vortex of nice melodic piano movements, driving synthetic beats, and soft alluring strings that are complimented by nurv's rasping whispers.

The next track, "string ladder", submerges into beautifully dark bass swells that are entangled with harmonious strings and complimentary percussive elements that makes this one of the strongest new addictive songs on this album. A new mix of "flesh to taste" exposes you to a much cleaner, stripped, danceable and precise expression of this wonderful track from "turin." Both versions are equally pleasant, and it's hard to decide which one is more appealing.

We move into another new track, "knucklebones", with guest vocals by Android Lust's Shikhee. Reminding me somewhat of Oneiroid Psychosis's new direction, we delve into very creepy melodic organ arrangements, militant beat structures, shallow string atmospherics, and eerie vocal whisperings of Shikhee and nurv. Shikhee presents a more textural and bio-synthetic mix of the mysterious track "skeleton key"; Cydonia pushes a more aggressive militant ebm nature to "criminail" with cleaner pitch-shifted vocals by nurv that are more understandable than the original version.

Alien Faktor performs a more broken and erratic version of the great track "no question." The title track, "horseslayer (premix)", delves into dense & isolated dark ambient structures that are surrounded by nurv's distraught meanderings. We close this release with a depressing yet enlightening mix of "vertebrae" that equals its original on "turin", which leaves me in content waiting for more from these brilliantly dark musicians.

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