Chemlab ‎– Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
3984-14013-2 Chemlab Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar(CD, Album) Fifth Colvmn Records, Metal Blade Records 3984-14013-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
CDDVN 21 Chemlab Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar(CD, Album) Devotion (2) CDDVN 21 UK 1993 Sell This Version
FCR 004 Chemlab Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Fifth Colvmn Records FCR 004 US 1993 Sell This Version
3984-14013-4 Chemlab Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar(Cass, Album) Fifth Colvmn Records 3984-14013-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
INV 160 Chemlab Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar(CD, Album, RE) Invisible INV 160 US 1999 Sell This Version
INV 160 Chemlab Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar(CD, Album, RE) Invisible INV 160 US Unknown Sell This Version

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May 17, 2012
referencing Burn Out At The Hydrogen Bar, CD, Album, 3984-14013-2
This album is full of fuzz'n'grizzling gristle, a collection of acidic dance tracks with white-tinted tones, lots of tricks & turns and some genuinely hooky music. A lucky collection of 13 tracks, some of which are mere fillers, while some dig in for the duration. The opening thing is one of 5 'suture's - a brief dance snatch with scratch vinyl & crackly childrens voices which heralds "Codeine, Glue And You", a long, driving track with some razor-blade guitar. It's fast pace carries the listener through a metamorphic vocal landscape with repeating motifs. "Suicide Jag" kicks into similar muscular driving thing with heavy sheets of fuzz guitar, shuffling sequencers & a simple 'plucking' tune. Next comes another "Suture", a scratching segue into "Chemical Halo", a slightly slower track with elements of NIN circa "Happiness In Slavery" (including a similar vocal inflection). "Neurozone" opens with disconnected tape loops & wild sounds, soon settling into a lower BPM, muscular dance piece with a fiery chorus. "Elephant Man" reminds me a little of KILLING JOKE mixed to an electrical distortion-white dance track. Another "Suture" is a series of loops & samples, all blended into a weird series of images. "Rivet Head" screams out on guitar sustains into a solid, hammering medium-paced dance piece with wild dervish elements twisted into a song both catchy & full of twists. "Derailer" opens to what appears to be a death-threat phone call, heralding a slowish BPM track which buzzes like a hive of angry bees. Again, elements of NIN-like Hardcore permeates through it's throat-slit soul. "Suture", another segue of minimal muic (drums, sequences) over which electronically-enhanced scratches scar, moving straight into "Summer Of Hate", the last full track. Another Hardcore dance piece with a simple-but-effective guitar motif. Played loud enough, this is a veritable killer with the shouted, bleachd-out vocals coming across like the unwanted mutant progeny of Hip Hop & Punk (with elements of STRUMMER & GENERATION X-period BILLY IDOL). Yet another "Suture" closes the album - another scratchig experiment with grizzling electronic soup.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.