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Blackburner, Planet Earth Attack
Cleopatra Records, Sept. 25

09/20/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



This one’s super-easy for dubstep newcomers to wrap their heads around, particularly folks looking to evolve their heads into the form after years of metal and goth abuse. Few dudes would be better to lead this charge than Hollywood fringe journeyman Skyla Talon of ModelSaint, whose participation in the Scum of the Earth project paired him up with Rob Zombie singer Riggs — you get the idea, Talon will try anything spooky/scary/hard once, and he has gotten some traction out of this Blackburner thing, remixing a Grandmaster Flash’s “White Lines,” for one thing. OK, you’re right, I usually don’t do the résumé bullet points, so obviously I’m on board with this thing, and why not, when he just got off a tour opening for Ministry, right? Hard-ass, thy name is this guy, yes, regardless of the pretty prog-house beats that show up on “50 Grades of Space,” a tune that eventually goes all-out Skrillex, as does most of the album — I didn’t say Talon is an earthshaking innovator, but he does want to kick a lot of ass; the light-saber wub-wubs and glissando freefalls are perfectly accessible and eminently lame-brained. His go-to singer Jessica Jean adds some Autotuned Rihanna to gothstep-darkwave exercise “Apocalypse.” A —Eric W. Saeger






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