Label: Blood Music - BLOOD-095 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition, Remastered Red With Black Splatter • Country: Finland • Genre: Electronic • Style: Synthwave
Post a Comment. Pages Home Index of Reviews. Sunday, July 6, Teenage Life - Various - Eurovision Song Contest: Афіни 2006 Perturbator. Of course, his songwriting chops have only improved since then. As far A Million Miles Away - Fergie + The Pussycat Dolls + Rihanna - Fergie+The Pussycat Dolls+Rihanna influences go, Shadow Force 84 - Perturbator - Terror 404 subject material is essentially the same, but the samples and titles spell it out for you - Kent is drawing from the classic sexploitation film, Savage Streetsstarring Linda Blair and Linnea Quigley.
A generous interpretation of all the included elements including the sultry cover suggests that this nameless protagonist echoes Blair's, but that's just the movie that I've built in my head while re-listening to the album. One clear trend established Shadow Force 84 - Perturbator - Terror 404 is the divide between the atmospheric intros and the tracks that they build up to.
In spite of or perhaps of its title, there is very little "terror" to be found beyond the first few tracks. Both take their time to dwell on their opening theme before the rest of the music kicks in, a great way to build tension, and both have kickass synth solos that hook your attention through each piece. The title track is an uptempo if not exactly upbeat stroll through societal decay that really sells the somber mood Kent is trying to establish. At this point, Linda Blair gets a lengthy one-liner, which marks a substantial shift in tone.
The victim is forgotten, the shadow is past, and only the thrill of vigilantism remains. I'm more fond of I am the Night 's "Raining Steel", which to me is Kathleen Parlow - Indian Lament / Les Millions DArlequin (Shellac) more successful rewrite.
It lasts nearly nine minutes but has enough twists and turns to draw me through its relaxed stroll through neon-painted cityscapes. Very cool stuff. I love the interplay between the beat and the simple, descending synth line. It's just paving the way for some goofy dark humor a la "Linnea Quigley Horror Workout", drawing of course from the video of the same name. It's an upbeat, danceable number, full of frenzied interjections from the scream queen herself.
It's a thumpin' tune, but it doesn't have the substance that Kent's later club-oriented tracks do. It's a cool, ominous track with a driving beat that basically works to build tension during its entirety. The final two songs are an odd pair. The light, almost incidental synths of the opening contrast with those long, buzzing notes, but when it stops pussyfooting, it's Terrorbaby.
Not exactly the denouement I was expecting, but it's a pretty chill album overall, Shadow Force 84 - Perturbator - Terror 404 fact driven home by "End Theme".
The final piece sounds perfect for the end credits of a movie, especially one where the heroine has taken a break from her usual teenage indiscretions to embark on a vigilante vendetta. With the world a safer place, she's free to return to her former life, just as the listener absconds from this slice of urban madness. It may not be the most "cinematic" album Perturbator has released, but that helps this to stand out against the rest of his body of work.
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