Ahh, Flesh Field... Not too long ago, this virtually-unknown project came blasting out of nowhere, pounding us all into sweaty, whimpering submission...and oh, how we ate it up. The energy and passion of 'Viral Extinction' was beyond compare, being the freshest Industrial-Dance music release in years. Written by Ian Ross, with vocals delivered by both Ian and 'lady-o-sexiness' Rian Miller, Flesh Field were, and are, such a glorious fusion of angry, stompy beats and arrpeggiated basslines. Wicked-Slick, shivers down my spine. So to tide over the drooling fanboys, Flesh Field gives us this remix EP, 'Redemption'.
...And no, they did _not_ put any nekkid pix of Rian anywhere in the liner notes...you'll just have to cope. They did however concoct an impressive array of remixers. Pain Station, Negative Format, Covenant, Gridlock, Railgun, Aghast View, Arzt+Pfusch, Sabotage, and Dubok. Nothing to sneeze at, Billy.
Too bad just about all the remixers kind of missed the point, hey? This happens all too often with remix cd's.. The remixers aren't on the same/right wavelength, and inevitably something is lost in the translation. The big one here is most of the remixers somehow managed to remove the most vital element to the Flesh Field sound...the energy. This release doesn't keep me floating on an adrenaline rush like 'Viral Extinction' did. Oh sure, there are a few moments of furious kinetic energy...but overall this release is more tweaky than powerful. This is broken by the 4 new tracks Flesh Field included... Maybe it's just a chemistry thing? Ian and Rian have a good thing going. Now, if you're the type who really enjoys complete reinterpretations, you'll find this cd to be a 'blast from the Orgazmoraytor'. 'Cause while the remixers generally missed the energy boat, there is no shortage of creative reworking. There isn't a single mix on here that doesn't have something pretty cool to offer... My personal favorites being the Covenant and Arzt+Pfusch remixes. Tasty. Mmmnn... I preferred 'Viral Extinction', but this cd is still a blast. And if the bonus tracks are any indication, the next Flesh Field release will pick up and beat me so senseless as to beg forgiveness for my transgressions. So it's all good.
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