Music Reviews

May 17 2008
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Artist: Ad∙ver∙sary (@)
Title: Bone Music
Format: CD
Label: Tympanik Audio (@)
Rated: *****
After a 10 year run as a techno/industrial DJ and promoter, Jairus Khan has emerged from the shadows with his own musical project named Ad-ver-sary. Released under the Tympanik Audio imprint, Ad-ver-sary’s debut album "Bone Music" offers a very well thought out and developed blend of instrumental industrial, EBM, ambient, and noise. The key to this album is Khan’s ability to blend organic soundscapes and harsh industrialized rhythms and noise in a way that strikes a balance between what many would consider to be two mutually exclusive musical forms. Indeed, throughout the album, neither approach dominates the other. Some of the stand out cuts from "Bone Music" include the album’s lead off track "Ancients" which utilizes very simple samples and effects that gradually build up into a very powerful and driving industrial tour de force that is harsh and mechanical while maintaining a sense of musicality, and "Waiting for Gira" which features a very ominous militaristic beat that is backed by subtle soundscapes and a very evocative guitar part that is interestingly reminiscent of U2. For those of you who like harder hitting noise driven pieces "No Exit" and "Number Nine" are aggressive and cacophonous workouts straight from the factory. Overall, "Bone Music" is a great album that provides a glimmer of hope that industrial music is not dead.

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