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HxN_d:LV – Different Kind Of Pleasure || Different Kind Of Pain

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Different Kind Of Pleasure || Different Kind Of Pain

Part math rock. Part drill. Part gabber. Part every aggressive electronic you can think of. This track powers through and devours whatever sound takes its curiosity, even for a moment.

The first few minutes of the track are frantic electronic samples and glitches. With moments of early 2000s metal bass and eclectic atonal guitars. An unusually pleasing assault on the senses with just as more retro influence as a classic destructive methodology.

Despite its caustic aesthetic, the work does manage to maintain a musicality. The frequent changes in pace and sound design are always doing with some rhythmic intrigue. When suddenly everything becomes metallic and only glimpses of recognisable sounds are heard, it still sets up a new pattern of percussive flashes.

Eventually this crushing pace relents and gives way to cheesy, video game soundtrack-style ideas. The uncanny atmosphere is still maintained throughout these sections with slightly dissonant harmony. The instrumentation doesn’t feel deliberately chaotic in its harmonic content. Rather it seems that the samples used are selected without regard to the other sounds around them. This provides much of the chaotic air of the piece.

These moments of respite come along every few minutes. Generally, the glitchy electronic theme is the main motif. However, each time a new approach is offered for some time it is equally refreshing in its variation.

Different Kind Of Pleasure || Different Kind Of Pain has no interest in a quiet musical existence. However, it draws heavily on its influences with samples and emulation. Then warping the familiarity this provides create the oddly satisfying hectic presence that defines it so well.

  • Overall rating: 8/10
  • Pairs well with: Melody 2 – Tera Melos

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