Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild
Almost every second here is crammed, so much so that the sound waves for tracks like ‘Death Drop’ and ‘Wings Of Hate’ are pretty much rectangular. The production manages to sound shredded and messed-up, yet still allows melodies and tones to come through with clarity - no mean feat, and something that places Animated Violence alongside albums like Death Grips’ The Money Store. Animated Violence Mild, the latest LP from Blanck Mass, is a white-knuckle ride through extreme volume. The fact that this stuff was made by someone called Benjamin John Power is one of the all-time great examples of nominative determinism in music.