Fordell Research Unit - The Illusion of Movement (3 stars)

Fordell Research Unit - The Illusion of Movement

Edinburgh noise auteurs' relentless exercise in metal machine minimalism

(At War With False Noise/Braw Music)

Following the textured nuances of his Pjorn 72 label’s Songs For Dying compilation, Edinburgh noise auteur Fraser Burnett joins forces with Muscletusk’s Grant Smith for a relentless exercise in metal machine minimalism.

On what sounds like four variations on a theme, each piece is drilled through with the same building site/goth night churn that wouldn’t sound out of place in Silence of the Lambs. Such rawness channels the bass backing track of ‘The Gift’, Lou Reed’s grisly short story for The Velvet Underground’s hardcore White Light/White Heat album. Put through a blender and spewed into a megaphone, it barely muffles the sound of suffocation.

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