Alec Empire ‎– Miss Black America

DHR Limited – 009
Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition


A1 DFo2
A2 Black Sabbath
A3 The Nazi Comets
A4 It Should Be You Not Me!
A5 They Landed Inside My Head While We Were Driving In The Taxi Up To 53rd Street And Took Over!
B1 The Robot Put A Voodoospell On Me
B2 I Can Hear The Winds Of Saturn
B3 We Take Your Pain Away
B4 Untitled

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The No-Attitude [on center label, in reverse letters]

Recorded in August 1998 at DHR Studios, Berlin

©DHR Ltd 1999
℗DHR Ltd 1999
Made in the U.K.

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March 15, 2013
Alec told me a couple of years ago that this was intended to be a double LP but only released half. He expressed that he would like to remaster and release the entire session, the way it was originally intended.


May 24, 2002
A1, A3, and B3 are typical tracks with Alec's vocodered voice yelling over basslines and throbbing drumbeats. B2 is an instrumental track, cold and chilly. Track B4 is a fusion of unruly beats, hi-hats, special efx, and twisted basslines, a maniacal reflection of the unknown.

The really interesting tracks, IMO, are as follows:

A2 starts with pulsating beats. A man says, "We're going to a show; we're gonna start a riot." After a few repeats, a frenzied breakout of drumbeats explodes through the sound system, painting a truly surreal and violent riotous scene. Strangely, you want to be part of it.

A4 is a track with fucked-up, dragged, shuffling beats, with a voiceover speaking in a droll. It's like an unexpected death: You can almost hear it say "It should be You not Me," most regretfully. Black humour at its best.

Listening to A5 after a while will have your head whirrling with weird alien ufo sounds and strange, conspiratory whispers. A potent concoction served up by the master of hardcore, this track preys on your imagination. One can only guess WHAT landed in the protagonist's head. It sure as hell is hynotizing, for better or worse!

B1 is a natural follow-up to A5's abduction scene. This time, the hardcore Empire has manufactured an evil robot that casts its voodoo spell on the listener over and over again. It builds itself up into such a frenzy you'd be deaf to not be taken over by the sheer emotive force of the track.

On the DHR009 CD, there's an extra track called "Blood And Snow". I dub it as the track of sonic exploration. It really illustrates that experimentalism can be tragically beautiful too.

On the whole, this album is a tour de force from what we have come to expect from Alec Empire. However, there are still other DHR recordings that could rival, or even exceed, the genius of this album.