Obscurum ‎– Fierce Defence

Label:
Element Com ‎– e-com 017
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Vinyl, 12"
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Tracklist

A Components
B1 Seaborn
B2 Is Stagnation

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©1997

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  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side A): e-com 017 A CGB@D&M
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching runout side B): e-com 017 B CGB@D&M MPO

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maroko

maroko

May 22, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

Fierce is the adequate description, but I'd replace the defence part with a more suitable term, such as umbrage. Obscurum are true, gritty and down low unsung heroes of techno. Their uncompromising, bare and unfashionable vision of the genre lands somewhere between the dehumanized and fearful, cold, robotic and automated structure of the music, and the "lost deep in thought" or disassociated from any specific instances aesthetic, one can find portrayed on the early Axis releases, or the Underground Resistance classic The Final Frontier.

This EP is more inclined towards the former. All three tracks have incredibly tyrannical flow, exercising pure power to the extent of making it seem practically arbitrary with the aim of overwhelming the listener with their interpretation of the fusion bomb.
For the sake of some analogy, comparison, at the time of its release, I don't think there was much else around sounding like this. The two tracks on the B side, Seaborn and Is Stagnation, are as austere and inhospitable as anything you're likely to come by. There are tunes like Indifference and Live Extract by Regis, Die offenbarung by Johannes Heil or some early Umek and Inigo Kennedy material which is along the lines of "Fierce Defence", but this never got the recognition many of the mentioned artists did.

Rest assured that this EP earned its place with the roughest, meanest and hard boiled releases of them all. There are certain pieces of wax by the duo which punctuate the experimental, dare-do part of their output, such as the impressive "Subthe Changes" EP, but there is nothing subtle about "Fierce Defence". This is an all out, whole club begs for a quick death but gets none take on the darkest, most concussive corners of the genre.
Seaborn gets a special mention as one of the most cerebral, extravagant pieces of tweaked out techno ever - leaving me in a severely ill condition from the stunning, damaging, or shattering effects of a hard acoustic blow. Off the grid, this whole three tracker is just that. Power to the max!