Make a recommendation to a fellow member of The Sphere
If you think one of your clan-mates might really dig something you can make a recommendation to them here.
Ministry - "ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ [Psalm 69]" (1992)
Can I assume you're already all over this one Chris Van Etten?
You assumed correctly! I’m a big fan of the classic three Ministry LPs (Land of Rape and Honey, Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, and this). Since we’re on the topic of recommendations, anyone who digs this record should check out the Jesus Built My Hotrod 12”. The 8-minute version of Jesus is uniquely epic, and makes listening to the shorter LP version a bit frustrating in comparison. The original version of TVII is on here as well, and it’s a lot more raw. I LOVE the drums on this fucker.
So I was trying to think of something I could bring to the table that wasn't already well recognized, and I remembered DATACLAST from New Jersey. They were a two-piece, all electronics/no guitars, and I'm pretty sure they got their name from the Assuck song. I first heard them on the Short, Fast and Loud vol. 1 comp (based on the zine of the same name) that came out in 2001. I wanted to get more by them, but I don't think they had anything of their own available. Ultimately, they only released a split CD with The Earwigs and a split 7" ep with Pantalones Abajo Marinero, as well as a few comp appearances. One of these comps - "The Day the Machines Took Over the World" is on Spotify and also features Agoraphobic Nosebleed and a bunch of other drum machine powered acts - definitely worth checking out. Now, technically this is grindcore, but since it's 100% electronic I think it fits in the Sphere as well as the Horde. I think this band could have done a cool LP if they had stuck it out a little longer. The link below is for their side of the split 7." I think I might like their tracks from the Earwigs split a little better, but I could only find links to individual tracks, and this is more comprehensive. However, if you like this you'll probably dig the other stuff as well.
Hmmm.... interesting. I just checked out the Dataclast tracks on the "The Day The Machines Took Over The World" compilation & I'd actually suggest that they're a pretty good example of a subgenre known as cybergrind which resides in our The Horde clan. I've included a few cybergrind tracks in the August & September Metal Academy Radio "The Horde" Spotify Playlists so if you dig that sound then you might wanna check those out.
Ben, you absolutely must have this release in your life.
I already do. I listen to game soundtracks all the time. In fact, my most played release of 2020 according to Spotify was the Borderlands 3 soundtrack. So good!
Uniform - "Shame" (2020)
Chris Van Etten, I think you'll dig this one.