Alec Empire ‎– Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley

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EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006 Alec Empire Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley(LP, Album) El Turco Loco, El Turco Loco EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006 US 1999 Sell This Version
EYHOMP3011 Alec Empire Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Eat Your Heart Out EYHOMP3011 2008

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samusaranislove

samusaranislove

May 12, 2018
referencing Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley, LP, Album, EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006
If you enjoy this work of Empire, but it on vinyl.
It makes me shake my hips, bang my head and sing along.
One of the more fun releases from mister Empire.
kamikaze_deadboy

kamikaze_deadboy

March 28, 2014
referencing Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley, LP, Album, EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006
There is a lot of odd stories indeed on how this release surfaced (some sound completely dubious, as the NME review truly hammed up the story about Empire losing a partner due to the music on this release) but this is a truly fantastic send off to "The Destroyer" era of Mr. Empire. not as brutal as No Safety Pin Sex or Miss Black America, but certainly packs a punch!! the usage of Elvis sampling and tracks on this release is no Junkie XL type tribute here, as Empire destroys, re-moulds and stretches the old Elvis tracks to a whole brutal level. my personal fave is "come on, fight you punk!" as starts off as the most normal sounding track and then Empire wades in with amen breaks aplenty. My only complaint due to the bootleg quality of this release (the back cover claims it was "recorded in the highest quality") the mastering of the tracks is really rough, which just adds to the experience. in retrospect this release a neat little vinyl which will disgust hardcore Elvis fans and alienate dancefloors.

Christopher_Jion

Christopher_Jion

February 5, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley, LP, Album, EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006

I don't believe the stories Alec tells about this record's history for one second. They're the perfect cover though.
Alec is a master of altering/re-writing history to come up with whatever sounds best or coolest.
A perfect example is the story of the $$$ from ATR's aborted first album that was supposed to come out on some major label was used to start DHR. But that's false. Do a little digging and you find that that's not the story at all.

I'd bet anything he was fully behind this release and then said "I didn't authorize it's release, blah blah blah" and came up with that story so as to shift the legal blame and cause a tangled mess.
I mean, listen to some of the vocals in this thing, it says it's released on Digital Hardcore Recordings. So,.... he recorded this thing with the intention of releasing it on his own label.. but then realized he could get in some deep legal trouble over using so much Elvis... so he then makes up a story and has it secretly released on another label with all fake info on the back cover.
It's a smart move and I don't blame him for it at all.

Anyhow, amazing album!
This was Alec's final great work. His farewell to breakcore and the amen break. And it really does sound like the logical endpoint of breakcore. It was the end of the 90's and everything was ready to burst from a constant ramping-up of each release. Pushing things further and further. After this album, everything was just weak and shitty and forced. And now he's making boring, pretentious synthpop. It's funny because he abandoned breakcore because it was dead... and then he makes something as normal as rock and synthpop and acts like a rebel? What the fuck? You should've stuck with HARD/WEIRD music, Alec. I mean, he invented, innovated new sounds and styles... c'mon!

I also love how totally organic this album sounds.
It's erratic, but not random like most modern breakcore (which sounds like marbles in a tin can being shaken).
It's erratic and fluid like some bebop trumpet player just jamming away and dripping sweat, not consciously knowing which note is coming next. It's instinctual.
lasvegaschef

lasvegaschef

November 9, 2011
referencing Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley, LP, Album, EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006
this record is very hard to listen to. lots of distortion and screaming and craziness. Cool cover art though.
jasperderycker

jasperderycker

April 30, 2010
referencing Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley, LP, Album, EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006
An underground classic this is. And yes, this is a bootleg. Alec gave the tracks to an Australian dj-friend of his, and a few months later this record appeared. Scientology, Presley, Heinrich Himmler, who believes that? The Chicago address is that of Jesse Jackson's house.
Anyone else got a signed copy of this? :-)
sanity

sanity

March 3, 2008
referencing Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley, LP, Album, EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006
This is Alec Empire's artistic interpretation of the death of the breakbeat. He has said that the Amen break has been done to death so he used the death of Elvis as a way of expressing this. Throughout the record, I can hear the soundscapes which represent the birth of a star, following up to his peak and leading to his death. Alec has made something truly artistic here and it takes a bit of deep thought to understand.
virusb-23

virusb-23

February 5, 2002
referencing Alec Empire Vs. Elvis Presley, LP, Album, EL.T.L.006, EL TURCO LOCO CAT# 006

Alec Empires cutting up of classic Elvis songs is the funniest hardcore record Ive heard. He makes the king sound like hes a screaming psycho and every time Ive played this record to people they laugh. A welcome variation on empire's part while still being aimed at the crazy mans dancefloor.