L A M* ‎– Balance Of Terror EP

Hardwax ‎– HW004
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM


A1 Radius Of Infliction 2:48
A2 Nuclear Facelift 3:46
A3 Meltdown 1:11
B1 Hostile Bacteria 3:41
B2 Toxic TV 4:01
B3 Death Toll 3:23

Companies, etc.


  • Producer, Mixed ByL.A.M.


Side A plays inside-out, and is pressed off a 10-inch master.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side A): HW-004 A [NSC logo] National Sound-Detroit
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Side B): HW-004 B L.A.M.

Other Versions (5 of 7) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HW-004 L.A.M. Balance Of Terror EP(12", EP, RP) Hardwax HW-004 US 1996 Sell This Version
HW004 L A M* Balance Of Terror EP(12", EP, W/Lbl) Hardwax HW004 US 1992 Sell This Version
C#33CD L A M* Balance Of Terror(12", RE, RM) Clone C#33CD Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
C#33c-d L.A.M. Balance Of Terror(12", RE) Clone C#33c-d Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version
C#33c-d L.A.M. Balance Of Terror(12", W/Lbl) Clone C#33c-d Netherlands 2003 Sell This Version


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February 28, 2012

Amazing early Drexciya record on Robert Hood's legendary Hardwax imprint. Although the Clone reissue is well worth having for the extra track, I think the original Hardwax NSC pressing better suits the sound.


May 24, 2003

A must-have for any Drexciya collector. The tracks burst with anger and aggression, and the titles give clues as to where the aggression stems from.

By the way the drums are used, you'll immediately recognize this EP as forerunner of Drexciya tracks like "Darthouven Fish Men" and "Devil Ray Cove" and the Japanese Telecom smasher "Kubi".

None of those quite reach the level of fury exposed on "Balance Of Terror", however. And while the EP is as "hard" as electronic music can ever get, it never never resembles the lifeless, ever so cool machine pounding of more reknown "hard" acts like Surgeon, Sonar, or Scorn, but it's very humanely emotional, and there's even a spark of humour (if sarcastical) in the tracks. Never forget that this contrasting quality was a huge part of what made Drexciya so special.

There are two versions: the rarer original edition has a silver label with track titles, and the still available re-issue has a golden label without titles. The music is the same on both; I couldn't hear a difference in sound quality, either.