March 2017, Best Electronic Album: World Eater by Blanck Mass

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Blank Mass is the electronic solo project by the English DJ and producer Benjamin John Power, who is mainly known for being one of the two founders of the experimental duo Fuck Buttons (where he plays together with Andrew Hung). World Eater is the new album released by Blank Mass, and the third of its discography (there are actually a number of other releases as EPs and soundtracks).

For those who are familiar with the earlier work by this artist, both solo and as a duo, you know what to expect: a sonic attack with mesmeric repetitions and industrial inserts.  And this record, in fact, is no exception. The album contains seven interesting tracks that move between noise and experimentation, all seasoned with a good dose of sonic violence. And you can tell already from the cover that it’s not a pleasure trip since those gnashing teehts make a really good idea of what you can expect by pressing the play button on your music reader. Beware, though, because it is not only musical form and the tracks of this album carry a very clear and polemical message: there is a wild beast nested inside everyone of us and sometimes the circumstances and some situations can awake outside those animal instincts that the society wants us to anesthetize.

A particular aspect of this album is that BJP tried to work with a limited set of electronic tools, trying to focus the development of the songs with a small number of effects. And the result is very interesting and enjoyable to listen.

As an exercise in better understanding myself musically, I found myself using an increasingly restricted palette during the World Eater creative process. Evoking these intense emotions using minimal components really put me outside of my comfort zone and was unlike the process I am used to. Feeling exposed shone a new light on this particular snapshot. I feel enriched for doing so (Benjamin John Power)

Guerino’s overall rating: 7/10.

World Eater represents a true stylistic leap. It’s a mammoth collection of songs that carve out a unique niche between apocalyptic anxiety and brief, cathartic bursts of ecstasy–a feeling that should resonate with just about everybody these days. (The A.V. Club)

World Eater can be listened in its entirety via Bandcamp.

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