Planetary Assault Systems ‎– The Messenger

Genre:
Style:
Year:

Tracklist

Railer (Further Exploration) 6:51
Beauty In The Fear 6:21
Human Like Us 6:03
Bell Blocker 7:32
Wriss 6:27
Movement 12 1:16
Call From The East 4:26
Kray Squid 8:03
Rip The Cut 8:14
Motif 4:54
Cold Bolster 5:05
Black Tea 7:51

Versions (6)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
OSTGUTCD20 Planetary Assault Systems The Messenger(CD, Album) Ostgut Ton OSTGUTCD20 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
OSTGUTCD20DIGITAL Planetary Assault Systems The Messenger(13xFile, FLAC, Album) Ostgut Ton OSTGUTCD20DIGITAL Germany 2011
OSTGUTCD20DIGITAL Planetary Assault Systems The Messenger(13xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Ostgut Ton OSTGUTCD20DIGITAL Germany 2011
OSTGUTLP10 Planetary Assault Systems The Messenger(2x12", Album) Ostgut Ton OSTGUTLP10 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
OSTGUTLP10 Planetary Assault Systems The Messenger(2x12", Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Ostgut Ton OSTGUTLP10 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
OSTGUTCD20 Planetary Assault Systems The Messenger(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Ostgut Ton OSTGUTCD20 Germany 2011 Sell This Version

Recommendations

Reviews Show All 12 Reviews

Add Review

acidtektroid

acidtektroid

December 6, 2016
edited about 19 hours ago
referencing The Messenger, 2x12", Album, OSTGUTLP10

At the risk of offending all of those who love this album,(not my intention) I personally think this album is way over rated & whilst I despise minimal techno with a burning seething passion I can at least see the goal and purpose with the tracks on this album.
Beauty In The Fear for example to me is a tool and that is the extent of it's usefulness, structurally speaking it is repetitive, intro followed by a beat that coasts along with little the way of energy but at least the evolving ambient sounds save it from mediocrity, it's certainly not a showcase track that i would use to build a set around,
"Black tea" is just plain irritating! 0/5 my wife who ordinarily likes my music asked me to turn this one off when i played it the first time, she described it as migraine inducing and i can understand why when listening to it, after a 2nd and 3rd listen my appreciation for this track has not grown at all !!!!!
Perhaps the best track of this album for me is the appropriately titled "Bell blocker" probably because it reminds me of places iv'e been to in Thailand and Cambodia.
Rip the Cut is another underwhelming track that i forget i'm listening to it as i'm playing it, certainly doesn't hold my attention for more than a minute.
The crux of it all is my previously stated loathing for minimal techno although i don't know if I would really class this album as such as there is certainly a lot of skill and panash with Slaters work more so than your average pile of minimal shit. Minimal techno for me is an oxymoron, I simply can't let go of the 90's maximalism, techno should be pushing the sonic boundaries, I miss hearing tracks that that would leave me dumbstruck in awe, I miss hearing creative & progressive beat patterns, instead all i'm hearing these days are generic sounding off the rack beats that meander along with zero purpose and end up sounding tired before the track is even half way over and sleepy yawn inducing micro melodies, I want extroardinary, instead of being lead down the boring fucking garden path of minimal. Techno has to have something more to offer than generic beats and bass lines so whilst i recognize slaters abilities, this album is a cut above the rest when it comes to minimal this type of techno just doesn't inspire me.
olivieb

olivieb

July 21, 2014
referencing The Messenger, CD, Album, Promo, Car, OSTGUTCD20
It's too bad that Kray Squid and Railer are not on the vinyl release. Nevertheless, this is such a killer album!
kkubik

kkubik

June 15, 2014
referencing The Messenger, 2x12", Album, OSTGUTLP10
Oh my god, why is the best track - "Railer (Further Exploration)" - NOT ON VINYL VERSION!!!!!!
spa5tik0lonz

spa5tik0lonz

February 25, 2013
referencing The Messenger, CD, Album, Promo, Car, OSTGUTCD20
"Railer(Further exploration)" happens to be on the 7th Plain unreleased album "Playing with fools". It seems that it would be the only place to find this beautiful track on vinyl, as it was only released on the cd versions of the above album.
mlo-storm

mlo-storm

January 21, 2012
referencing The Messenger, CD, Album, OSTGUTCD20

Absolutely wicked release that makes me feel like I'm 20 again (and I'm 41 at the moment). My only reservation - as others have pointed out - is that it doesn't feel like much of an album, but rather a collection of tracks. Given the quality of those tracks, however, I can certainly live with that.
maroko

maroko

December 7, 2011
referencing The Messenger, 2x12", Album, OSTGUTLP10

This is indeed a very rewarding album. If "Temporary suspension" was an epic return to form, then I have no idea where to place "The Messanger".
It leaves me ensorcelled after each listen, giving techno music a much needed breath of fresh air.
Although technically designed very much for the dance floor, these tracks surpass the level of a mere tool or adequate techno bomb by a dozen miles. As previously stated, Luke Slater relies on a ridiculous, seemingly endless plethora of odd effects, hooks, sounds and structutal ornaments no one would be ashamed of.

Take Beauty In Fear for example. Can you dig the dynamic range in that track? As it slowly unravels, the amount and the depth of the music is just incredible. It starts out almost as a psychedelic chill work out before eventually reaching a more orthodox techno form. The sounds he introduces and pulls about throughout that one is jaw dropping - I played it out loud on my home speakers and was blown away by the layers and layers just pouring out and wrapping their arms around me!

Then you have stuff like Human Like Us, Call From The East and Motif, which is just pure tripped out psychedelic madness to the fullest. Not really percussively aggressive, just down right dazzling. I am particularly fond of Call From The East, which completely kills it with resonant, reverberating high end bells, giving me the chills as soon as the beat is dropped. In a club, it must be causing mass hysteria, nothing less. People just standing there, with a big "what the phuck was that!?" look on their face and wondering just where that came from.
As far as clubs go, Bell Blocker, Rip The Cut, Black Tea and Cold Bolster bring testosterone 10000 watts of mechanical audio madness to the first warehouse near you! Cold Bolster has an underlying, menacing synth that awfully reminds me of the classic Regis tune Speak To Me. Rip The Cut is loaded with discordant, almost industrial like hisses and rusty surface noise, enabling it to get spun even in the moistest and darkest of clubs!
Kray Squid and Black Tea are fantastic teasers as well. While neither one starts really promising, due to their length, they both patiently build, gradually adding layers and then ending in a totally freaked out, tension meets uncontrollable neurosis aural explosion. Really great material for the dance floors.
The only track which doesn't quite cut it for me is Wriss. Not that it's bad, and nothing on this album even dips its toes in mediocrity, but it's the constantly repeating vocal snippet 'wriss' which grows wearisome some two minutes deep. I am sure it will win some fans, regardless.

"The Messenger" goes straight for the club jugular, and with enough styles and variety to go around three times. It's really seldom these days to find a techno album this sure of its own purpose, this confident of its own might and magic, and this cohesive. Despite a pretty wide range of style and sound deployed, I reckon your money's worth should be found in the super heavy, booming warehouse numbers that occupy half of the album, and leave heavy whip marks and contusions. Best described as a kind of brutal minimalism so muscular that minimalism really isn't the term I was looking for. From strobing industrial assaults to cerebral and corporal dance floor trips and mind tingling sonic voyages, "The Messanger" is, simply put, just tremendously well produced techno, pure of heart and deadly effective. Luke Slater is at the absolute peak of the game, and he's not afraid to show it. And to think it's been more than fifteen years since stuff like In From The Night and Angel Street hit the shelves... I would be surprised if this albums does not a become a reference point some time down the line, in near future.
OCCIDENTAL

OCCIDENTAL

November 14, 2011
referencing The Messenger, 2x12", Album, OSTGUTLP10

Luke Slater never lost his hardcore. I'm digging his recent work (Boom Tang Shwuck might be my favorite track in that Funf 7x12" box set) more than his older work.
The Messenger rocks. It breaks the techno monotony with psychedelic sounds and dark melodies. There is most definitely Beauty In Fear.
My only complaint is that Railer was left off the vinyl release. I love dj'ing gorgeous ambient music on vinyl, and Railer would have been a sweeter cut than Black Tea.