Acrid AbeyanceThe Catacomb EP

Label:Important Records – IMP 003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP


B1Crying Bassline5:57
B2303 Delight5:18

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Track A1:123 BPM
Track A2:146 BPM
Track B1:138 BPM
Track B2:155 BPM
Made in Belgium

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side A): IMP 003 A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Etchings side B): DP - IMP 003 B1
  • Rights Society: SABAM

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The Catacomb EP (CD, EP)Important RecordsIMP 003-CDGermany1993
The Catacomb EP (4×File, MP3, EP, 320 kbps)Illumine RecordingsILLU008Germany2014



  • djgylend's avatar
    i don't really review records on here much anymore and this might be the last one I ever comment on, but for what's it worth this was always my fav. Raw as fuck and probably written during a time when things weren't as quite dire as September 2023, given the trax were pressed 30 years ago. I used to love Crying Bassline but Tranquil fits the times a whole helluva alot better. The chanting, haunting synth accompanying raw analog acid is about as desperate a call for action as can be imagined. Earth is on fire, we give away trillions to polluters, and no one seems to give a fuck. The Catacomb is where Exxon, BP and Shell belong, and their executives well, we can let history be the judge...
    • phaks's avatar
      The B-side is most kicking! 303 Delight is the definition of acid. Funny and extremely dancable. B1 is a bit straighter but also well played machines.
      A1 rather boring, with angel voices. A2 intense and dark...............
      • Mr.TomServo's avatar
        Edited 6 years ago
        One of the very best old-school continental acid techno releases here. All four tracks feature glorious 303 brilliance, and all four offer a slightly different style/sound.

        303 Delight, once it gets going (after an intro that starts minimally and slow, and then speeds up progressively), is a happy, bouncy, and quite fast bit of acid techno, and reminds me of D.A.V.E. the Drummer's work as Dr. Octopus, or maybe some early Audio Pancake. Awesome stuff. 5/5.

        Crying Bassline also has a bouncy vibe, but is slower, and plods along while the acid work lashes your brain relentlessly. The 'Crying' aspect of the name is of course perfect, as the main acid line occasionally 'cries' out with an extended and wonderfully distorted note. Bad ass, perhaps my favorite track on the record. 5/5. My only semi-critical remark would be that the default speed is a little slow. But that is of course easily rectified.

        Minimalistic probably stands out to most people as the 'big' track on this release, and it is indeed very good. And once again, the track is very well named, as it is a fairly stripped-down piece---a simple but effective acid riff, a steady and solid percussion scheme, and a few breakdowns here and there in which the acid gets to slither around a bit. Great stuff, though maybe not quite as killer as the first two tracks, so 4/5.

        And finally, Tranquil is a great piece of lazy but still bouncy acid techno, almost acid house. Solid track, but perhaps not as good as 303 Delight or Crying Bassline. 4/5.

        Get this release, simple as that. You will not be disappointed.
        • Detroit-303's avatar
          Dedicated to the famous german techno-club "Katakomben" in Krefeld.


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