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kareem
black september
zhark   2000
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submitted by anton on 23-Nov-2000
from the very first moment this record reminded me of unit moebius; similar to the latter, "black september" is exploring industrial-strength persistent rhythms. the word "industrial" seems to be very appropriate here - each track is built upon heavy percussion layers that are both mechanized and surprisingly dark. small caustic sounds, abrasive loops and random noises come and go, adding slight variation to strong rhythmic texture of all three tracks. every once in a while heavy explosive loop inserts itself within the dark pulverizing mass.

the drive and hypnotic nature of this record is almost scary; I noticed that after I realized that I have listened to this record too many times in a row, getting completely immersed in its accelerated monotonous atmosphere. one of the tracks uses a processed sound of a train on the railroad tracks as the underlying structure for the composition; and it is very indicative of the sound of this record and explains its hypnotic nature.

structure and persistence makes "black september" a good mixable material, its textures are too good to be left unnoticed; at the same time it would be a mistake to make to much of this record. rhythms, textures, persistence and force straight into your face - this is what you get. as long as you are prepared to enjoy what it offers, you would enjoy it as much as I did.

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