On their latest album the Norwegian duo pushes some of the hard hitting, mechanically textured aesthetics of their previous release “Fullstendig Brent” to the forefront. A dystopian commentary on the risks inherent to the antagonistic nature of humankind, and how the overwhelming and uncertain scope of Industry 4.0 - of progressively more powerful technology and strong AI - may end up amplifying those risks beyond human control. Given this conceptual framework, DØDSMASKIN have aimed to develop a sound palette that shifts between both droning and pulsating brutality that represents unstoppable forces in motion and bleak atmospheres that denote an age of growing futility and - ultimately - self-inflicted extinction. Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio, NY.
CD Edition of 500 Copies in 4 panel Digipak. 5 Tracks. Running Time 40:42
It's a well produced album. Every track sounds really good.
But unfortunately, some feel out of place for the concept aimed in the album, like the industrial track "Wind-Up Orchestra", or the repetitive, unimaginative "An Atrementous City" and "End of the Century". Totally out of place.
This and other electronic tracks feel like they belong in a more urban, futuristic scenario than a 19th Century "Den". Elías Ortega Fajardo