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Envisioning Abstraction: the Duality of FluiD


Friday, April 15, 2011


Belorussian electro, industrial, noise webzine Machinist has published a review of  'Envisioning Abstraction: the Duality of FluiD'.

Below is the fully translated review:

"...The debut album 'Duality' by Chicago artist FluiD contains music that you often aren’t used to hearing in the electro-noise-industrial genre. FluiD’s music can be best described as dark and viscous, and as a mix of heavy addictive Dub, Industrial, Dark-Ambient, alternative Hip-Hop, Metal, Grindcore and Noise. The sound can be clean and enlightened or it can sometimes be dirty and rough. In fact, the whole album represents a slow wandering in the darkness, with a cold and harsh rhythmic sound. It sounds like a soundtrack for a city with a disused tunnel that leads to a dead, post-apocalyptic future. Combining acoustic parts with noisy and electronic elements, bits and samples, this album shows a certain creativity and the spontaneous nature of it surely had a positive effect on most of the tracks. You can also note an unexpected melodic music, due to the successful use of a synth ('AIC'), some Arabic vocals ('Disrupting The Ghost') or even sounds coming from some kind of bagpipes ('Sublimination In The Zero Hour'). The only collaborative track 'Iron Communique' , includes vocals from another Alrealon Musique artist Black Saturn.

In this album, guitar riffs are pretty well included into the whole mix and they don’t take over the tracks. The guitar sounds are smooth and beautiful, and sometimes, they can be lost in distortion, creating some looming Metal riffs. These riffs don’t intend to change the mood, instead they add a spicy taste to the entire thing. FluiD managed to create powerful tracks with an efficient rhythm.

The good thing about this album is that the influences aren’t clearly visible at first. 'DH-1', 'Disrupting The Ghost' and 'The Absent Present' combine perfectly, energy and Ambient elements, which produce very good Industrial tracks with a Hypnotic/Trance/Shamanic dancefloor identity. When you listen more carefully to the tracks, you realize that a lot of details and nuances have been introduced here. Most of the time, the Ambient/Drone, Sludge, Grindcore, Industrial thick layers cover these subtle elements, or they might be drowned into the concrete gloomy rumbling texture.

 'Envisioning Abstraction: The Duality of FluiD' is an interesting album with haunting parts and a lot of good surprises. This album tries to push the genre boundaries. The Experimental Dub-Noise-Industrial tracks are definitely worth checking out, especially for fans of Scorn, Dalek, Techno Animal, The Bug, Lustmord, UNIT: 187 and the production works of French label Audiotrauma..."

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