Battle Of The Future Buddhas ‎– Demonoizer


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BOOM CD 014 Battle Of The Future Buddhas Demonoizer(CD, Album) BooM! Records BOOM CD 014 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version
BOOM LP 014 Battle Of The Future Buddhas Demonoizer(2xLP, Album) BooM! Records BOOM LP 014 Netherlands 2002 Sell This Version



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September 26, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Demonoizer, 2xLP, Album, BOOM LP 014

Battle of Future Buddhas is a band I has always really wanted to like, but somehow never quite been able to. With there self-proclaimed not caring about sound quality as long as the track works, they have been a group after my heart in this world of over produced, crystal clean, but often lifeless recordings. Its is perhaps unfortunate then that their music is rather hit or miss for me, usually missing more than hitting.

For these reasons, I was looking forward to listening to Demonoizer for this review, as I have found my tastes have shifted a bit as of late and I was curious as to how they would fit in. First off let me state that despite BOFB's claim to not care about dirty recordings if it works, this album is plenty clean and well produced. 50,000 CC starts us off with a slower number and it doesn't really do much for me. However the next track, Reversed Vertigo Complex, is a massive turn around and a highlight track for me. While Battle Of Future Buddhas and minimal never really come to mind in the same sentence for me, this track is really a fantastic minimal number. Great deep mode, some very disorientating synth lines and some good use of HAL samples to boot. This track alone makes the album worth while.

Masters of Deceptions starts out a big uninteresting for me, but towards the end, the layers of dirty synths, fat leads and occassional vocal samples wins me over. Not a great track, but an enjoyable, if often dissonant, one. Demonoizer comes next with some nice long reverbs on some minimal styled flyby sounds. The track isn't exactly minimal though and seems like a Frankenstein crossbreed between minimal and noise distorted goa. That is to say, the vibe is minimal-ish, but created with dirty goa sounds. Towards the end it kind of goes nuts with some old B-Flick horror movie goa type sounds that I can't really get into unforutnately.

The second disc begins with Primetimeslime, a triplet groove number with a fat ole kick. Primetimeslime brings the bpms down to 140, but its a groovy little number and makes you wanna stomp harder than most of the 145+ tracks so far. Great atmospheric echoing percussion and choices in synth sounds. It builds slowly, on its nice heavy groove and never gets too carried away, something BOFB can do sometimes. Another winner of a track here. Hippy Crack Panic brings the bpms back up to the 145 range, as one would expect from the title. I'm beginning to notice that I like BOFB's stuff more when they lay off the distortion. The beginning of Hippy Crack Panic keeps the synths fairly clean and I it a lot easier to get sucked into the cleaner tracks here.

Hubba Bubba Rub-a-dub starts off side four, and again, we have a sonically cleaner track, that works better. Again the structure is vaguely minimal, but with more goa like sounds and again I find myself enjoying it (not to mention the song titles on the second disc in general). Scoobydoo Meets The Fluff Monster would seem to indicate a rather cheesy track coming, but actually it is a pretty decent one as well. Lots of moody 16th note lines and layers are involved in making a track far more dark and moody that anything Scoody Doo has been involved with.

The end result - not as bad an album as I remembered it. The second disc eases off on the dirty distorted synth sounds and is a lot more successful for it, although the first disc includes what is hands down an excellent track and the best on the album in Reversed Vertigo Complex. 7/10