Angel Of Death EP
TBR: 6th December
Cleric is once again going solo with a brand new and impressive EP. The 19th release on the Clergy label from the label's very own navigator continues the techno infused electronic music into the Christmas period. This time, the wise-men have to get to Manchester to pay homage to this immaculate conception of music.
With a quick and greasy tempo, the first track begins. Atmospheric sounds swirl around puncturing percussion which build and sway in a moving tempest. Vocals repeat across the top layer, merging further into the sound mass. Angel Of Death carries a spooky and hard-hitting edge of eerie atmosphere and sonic distortions. The frantic rhythm pushes forward, surging the energy further. The music simmers down for a brief interlude, the consistent drumming remains along with subtle sonics that craft between the notes. Over the next section of bars, the energy progresses and pushes the track back into the astral realm of dance.
Luddite is next, another A-side track. Massive fast paced beats surge out. A sonically invigorating machinery crunches and churns behind the penetrating drums. Heavy kick and hard-nosed cymbals crawl forward as industrial clatterings instil yet more flow to the rhythm. The music peaks with a high-end fizz and as the energy reaches a new state of frequency, the music cuts through and pushes on with the ferocious pace. New breaks in the cymbals echo and repeat which washes over the whole like an out of control bubble of sound. It bursts, revealing the sudden and insisting percussion once again.
The next up is another banging techno beat with space sounds curling and crawling around it. Another powerful injection of energy brings the music into a headstrong dance number that continues to rise with building insurgence. An underscore of sliding melody squeaks and squeals across the open valley of percussion to build a directional fuel for the momentum of the track. Huge waves of oscillating sound splash from wall to wall as massive beats continue to pressurise the dance hall. Acid Reflux carries abstraction and deep resonances through a cerebral journey of fast-forward beats.
Pretty Poison completes the record. Again, those famous bashing drums frame the piece. We know by now that Cleric gives us full-on percussive shine. More synths wavers against the grain, and cymbals take the centre-fold allowing a heavy slosh to rock the music from side to side. Exploratory synths with abstract wave-forms creak and curl in hollows knitted out by the frantic high energy drumming. Like a chisel peeling away at a soft wooden frame, sonic stabs and crumbling waveforms dig and dish through severed bars filled with rampant drums.
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