Uncertainty Device #26573
~reviewed by Mick Mercer
It's another Remix job, but unlike the harmonious and safe Goteki experiment, this album goes to almost unparralled dimensions of dementia in twisting and corrupting sounds in new and challenging ways. Right from the initial 'Tool' you're presented with something which would have made anyone from traditionally accepted masters of the both underground and commercial ends, from Test Dept to Prodigy, take a double-take, then run screaming from it. The modern day sounds are a testament to testing one's mettle.
The noise spews forth with almost vile intensity in 'Breaker', whoever (man)handles it, and the ranting messes can seem suffocating, but the muted, often mutant thrombosis coming through keeps you in your place, worried what might be coming next. It's a diverting collection, with grotesque complexion, from hyperspeed electro thrash to people having fun smashing tech-tonic plates, and creating ugly, brisk dance music from a form of Morse code only usually understood by renegade satellites.
The Dark Half are total bastards, suddenly introducing piano into the equation, but mostly these are depraved professors of sound, giving us a twilight world where Crass goes Techno, Industry goes OI, and you go and have a lie down afterwards, which is no bad thing.
It's absolutely fucking horrible, and a genuine work of art, if you're brave enough to let them seduce you with their come-hither scythes.
TOOL - NOISE PUNISHMENT