Diatribe (2) ‎– Nothing

Re-constriction Records ‎– REC-001
CD, Maxi-Single

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1 Nothing
Engineer, Mixed By, Producer – Diatribe (2), Lee Popa, Nivek Ogre
2 The Other Side
Engineer, Producer – Marc Jay*Mixed By – Jeff Saltzman*
3 Kingpin
Engineer, Mixed By, Producer – Diatribe (2), Lee Popa, Nivek Ogre
4 Lu-Chow Phang
Compiled By, Recorded By – Marc Jay*

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 2324-86038-2 5
  • Matrix / Runout: Technidisc #732-082-044A 08/23/92B DIATRIBE "NOTHING"
  • Rights Society: BMI

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May 18, 2012
People these days seem to veer away from the single format, favouring the longer, wider canvas of the album, wherein they can show every facet of their sound.. or expose their limitations. I think DIATRIBE have been wise in choosing the shorter medium, particularly for these tracks. The opener, title-tracked "Nothing" is a post-Punk piece of Torture Tech, reminding me of several of the more progressive folk from the 70's/80's (KILLING JOKE, WIRE) while being firmly established in the 90's. A bright mix to a medium-slow shadow-moody piece hinting that they could achieve as wide an appeal as NINE INCH NAILS - there's the same confident atmosphere there. "The Other Side" I would have chosen as the actual title track - it is a lot more upbeat, and probably a lot more catchy with it's "Head Like A Hole" fiery sound. If put on a compilation, this would have stuck out head and shoulders above any others. Again the NIN comparison holds and, while lacking the intense degree of REZNOR's manic approach, it still hit's hard enough to draw blood. "Kingpin" shows it's Rock colours although built over a cybernetic skeleton. This is more an album track, although that's not to say it isn't catchy - it is, but does tend to experiment a little with synth sounds not unlike those on FASHION's "Fabrique" album. "Lu-Chow Phang"'s initial notes - moody, dark, chilling, make me think of SIOUXSIE's Voodoo Dolly", but soon establishes itself as the most diverse track here - combining old film dialogue, strange percussive sounds & a constant snare drum sound to create a bizarre atmosphere - close to collage, as most sounds seem without synchronization.
As the promo sheet says, the vocalist is 'processed-yet-coherent' - more so than most, giving the image of an Intelligent instrument, fuzzed yet clearly capable of thought & opinion. Composition & playing are also without fault. Once you hear this, be it on radio or in the dance club, I think you'll be interested in owning a copy.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.