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Fail: Dated Ten

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Artist: Fail
Title: Dated Ten
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
To paraphrase James Brown, Dan Fox is perhaps the hardest working man in the noise scene. He has several projects, and Fail is his harsh noise project. You know the pedigree, so let’s see what this one is like.

“191113” opens the disc up with ominous drone, crackling noise, feedback, and a melody running throughout that would be almost peaceful if it wasn't so unsettling. This is the moment in the soundtrack where the villain is hatching their plan, but they are so blinded by anger and a thirst for revenge that it is hard to think straight. This is incredible, and this track alone is worth the price of admission. “060725” changes it up with some straight up digital noise. Starts off with low rumbling - the calm before the storm - slowly building with some high-pitched feedback and hiss. This is an exercise in restraint, however, and he never completely opens the floodgates. There are periods of noise punctuated by quiet passages. This is well done harsh noise.

Overall, this is one of the best discs that I have heard from Fail, and I have heard a lot of them. If you like it noisy, you need to get this one. This album weighs in at around 21 minutes and is limited to 42 copies.

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