Converter ‎– Shock Front

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
act 83 Converter Shock Front(CD, Album, Met) Ant-Zen act 83 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
act 83 Converter Shock Front(10xFile, FLAC, Album) Ant-Zen act 83 Germany 1999
act 83 Converter Shock Front(CD, Album) Ant-Zen act 83 Germany 1999 Sell This Version

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DjFonPlaz

DjFonPlaz

February 26, 2012
referencing Shock Front, CD, Album, act 83

"Scott Sturgis' debut release as Converter, Shock Front, is nothing less than a resounding aural assault created in a style that is set to take over a slice-technoid noise scene. Sturgis' approach varies here from his Pain Station project. Shock Front has a heavy percussive feel, heavily distorted beats providing the structure from which rhythmic noises hang. Small undistorted electronic sounds seep in at the edges and keep the feel from growing stagnant. This approach can seem similar to contemporaries such as Imminent Starvation, but the texture of the noise is harsher, the essence of the aggression found in Pain Station. Even the quieter tracks, such as the title track, "Shock Front," or the dark "Spirit Shield," don't stay that way for long. With the shortest of the 11 tracks being over four minutes and more closer to the ten-minute mark, Sturgis has avoided the pitfall of monotony that some noise artists experience, varying feel and structure within the same track. "Denoginnizer," the longest track on Shock Front, is a noise epic, arguably featuring both the gentlest and harshest moments on the release. Shock Front has all the marks of a release set to become a classic in the genre. Any fan of the growing dancefloor noise movement would do well to pick up this release, as would anyone looking for a more challenging aural experience." by Theo Kavadias
kinasek

kinasek

August 10, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Shock Front, CD, Album, Met, act 83
Converter is best described as an icon of the label ant-zen, which promotes itself as industrial music, chilling ambient, technoid rhythms and power electronics. Indeed, Scott Sturgis is one of the few highly talented electronic music producers able to mix all these styles on a single record and, even better, on a single track. If you have any doubts, listen to the track named Denogginizer, which is actually one of the very first noisy tracks I have ever heard and that got me hooked since. Converter per se is a universe of stunning atmospheres, sonorities and rhythms; Shock Front is one of its masterpieces, the most powerful in my view. It may sound weird or funny, but Converter truly means its name; listening to tracks like Cannibals, Sacrifice, Memory-Trace and Deadman may change the way you perceive subtle daily ordinary sounds like refrigerators, air traps, mechanical stairways, etc. (I’m still sane:) I would also mention the restricted use of short vocals that is just deadly efficient on some tracks: ‘All obsessed with the taste of flesh’ …