Teeth Of The Sea “Master” (Rocket Recordings, 2013)
Beat-driven, electronic techno mayhem abounds on Teeth of The Sea’s third album, from the motoric drumming and gristly, throbbing basslines of “Reaper” to the tribal Burundi beats of “All Human Is Error” and the Giorgio Moroder-inspired “Black Strategy”.
TOTS are careful not to get swallowed up in meandering, boring electronic excursions, and continue to play to their strengths by grafting accessible melodies onto their krautrocky rhythms. In this regard, they will appeal to fans of New Order, Depeche Mode, Neu, and Throbbing Gristle.
The band get sidetracked a few times with superfluous spoken-word experiments, but, overall, the variety across these tracks will have you hypnotically entranced one minute and hopping on your pogo stick the next. Toss in a few economically placed guitar solos and mix liberally with creepy-crawly horror film soundtracks (“Pleiades Underground”), ambient spacey atmospherics (“Siren Spectre”), gloom ‘n’ doom death metal (“Inexorable Master”), and a little bit of all of the above (the epic “Responder”) and you’ve got an album that’ll please just about everyone, no matter what your sonic pleasure.
Review made by Jeff Penczak/2013
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