L A M*Balance Of Terror EP

Label:Hardwax – HW004
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:Techno, Electro


A1Radius Of Infliction2:56
A2Nuclear Facelift3:38
B1Hostile Bacteria3:42
B2Toxic TV4:01
B3Death Toll3:23

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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.

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Balance Of Terror EP (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, White Label)HardwaxHW004US1992
Balance Of Terror EP (12", EP, Repress, 33 ⅓ RPM)HardwaxHW-004US1996
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Balance Of Terror (12", 45 RPM, Reissue)CloneC#33 c-dNetherlands2003
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Balance Of Terror (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Reissue, White Label)CloneC#33c-dNetherlands2003
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Balance Of Terror (7×File, FLAC, Reissue)CloneC#33c-dNetherlands2007



  • dpfrag's avatar
    Let's here some love 'Hostile Bacteria'... absolutely insane! If anyone knows more music that sounds like this and 'Death Toll' let me know. Is it Hardcore??
    • MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
      Edited 4 years ago
      You can choose your friends with this late-night ep.. And then within reality choose again... Much room up hear...We are on Tv..
      • UGF's avatar
        Just read that Jeff Mills loved playing Radius of Infliction so much that he had Gerald Donald sign his copy of the record.
        • MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73's avatar
          Edited 7 years ago
          Andrew Weatheral loves Toxic TV as remember this being in one of his mixes from around that time!
          Outstanding tune!
          Oldschool 80s acid Chicago beats taken somewhere else...
          And yes its 2017 ...
          Ps Death Toll is another level thus/whence ;)
          • the.subterranean's avatar
            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.
            • shapeshifter's avatar
              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.


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