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ISZOLOSCOPE - ANTIGEN SHIFT - THE BLOOD DIMMED TIDE mCD S10

In 1921 William Butler Yeats wrote a poem called 'The Second Coming', containing the verse 'the blood dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere...'. Heavily inspired by this poem, the Canadian artists Iszoloscope and Antigen Shift do their best to make you suspect no revelation is at hand. This 3" CD kicks off with a gloomy introduction by both projects joining forces. Although referring to it, the text recited in this intro is not Yeats' poem, it brings you a message even more laden with unease. The haunting declamation fits the unnerving atmosphere of the recording, easily convincing us to believe that the apocalypse is in sight. That, combined with the unsettling background reeling shadows over your room, sets the tone for the second coming, or better, the second death. For, up now to drown the innocence is Antigen Shift, spinning his webs of broken beats, atmospheric layers and walls of noise. The promise to break loose is almost tangible, but the climax is postponed. It slouches to be born in all intensity. Massive suspense is built up through constant evolution; by holding in, and not letting go, yet only to burst out into a percussive frenzy to catch you by surprise. As opposed to a lot of beat driven industrial this is also perfectly fit for home listening due to its non-stagnant nature. But yes, he wants to see you dance by the blood dimmed tide.

And also with the third and last track, the tide does not turn: Iszoloscope builds up from a dimmed atmosphere and comes droning into your room. He raises the intensity of the intro, gradually introduces a rhythmic element and suddenly makes it jump into acceleration with these typical Iszoloscopic beat textures. The beats refuse to be held in predictable patterns and the battle between dancefloor and ambience is fought fiercely. 'And what rough beast, its hour come round at last.' Then the darkness drops again. On offer here are three intelligently structured compositions which shine in their disturbing darkness and passionate intensity. The disk of revelations, chapter 1, 2 and 3.