REVIEW: “All Things Are Connected” @ The Plague Zine

“This is second release I’ve reviewed by the one-man band known as SCHIZOID and some definite progress can be heard here. The hyperspeed mix of digital violence, chaotic beats and angry screams is as present as ever, with perhaps a little more method to the madness and a better mix to go with it. “Two Minutes Hate” is a rather blah intro to the album, surprisingly so, but the title track more than makes up for that with its all-out sonic fury. “New God” shows the more experimental side to J. SCHIZOID’s work, while “Grim Prospects” follows the cascading hardbeat approach of old Public Enemy for one of the album’s most memorable cuts. “Indulgence/Compulsion?” is almost contemplative in comparison to the rest of the album, while “Elitist Musings” is pure feedback and distortion bliss. This is the kind of extremity Earache was hoping The Berzerker would deliver, but alas did not.

What this album lacks in refined production values it makes up for in sheer energy, as it screams for your attention throughout. The unpredictable arrangements also keep the listener on their toes, never taking the obvious step. Noisy, angry, dangerous and just fucked-up, SCHIZOID are not for everyone, but if you’re bored with the umpteenth IDM or EBM rehash and want to hear something a bit different being done with samplers and sequencers, check it out. The guy had the nerve to appear on a Burzum tribute for Christ’s sake! This isn’t the kind of music I would listen to that often, but it’s damn cathartic when the world is getting you down.” [Daniel Hinder]

About schizoiddtrash

SCHIZOID has been a staple of the extreme electronic-music underground, since the project began in 1998...
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