Every opus dropped by T/error (Body Control, Borg Recordings) comes from a specific idea, and "Eka Bismuth" doesn't depart from those rules. Having explored in 2015 the different spectrums of sound on his debut full length "D7", then the instability of Uranium (a metaphor to the instability of the Human Being) on "U235", the Roman artist proudly presents his third concept album.
Returning to U.K. Bass Agenda Recordings, the Italian Electro activist delivers today ten tracks of his trademark dealing with the theme of mankind’s evolution. Evolution to escape from a zone of mental conflict between the desire of a comfortable life and the outside pressure that wants you to do what you don't want.
The limited CD album opens with "Slavery", a dark synthetic piece enlightened by abstract tonalities. Downtempo "Overphase" and Electronica "Alpha Decay" coming next increase the tension thanks to clinical melodies, psychotic drums and metallic sororities. You'll feel like a helpless patient sustaining obscure experiments in an unhealthy laboratory.
Much anticipated "Chrysopoeia" has everything of an Arpanet track: warm chords fused into subaquatic tones whereas ethereal strings float over a much anticipated atmosphere. No doubt a future classic in T/error's already impressive discography!
Dancefloor "Transuranium" and complex "Eka Bismuth" instantly following offer untouchable synth flights interspersed from time to time by distorted voices, creating a drama as well as visceral emotions in the CD.
Haunting "Oblivion Reef", and soulful "Isotope 420", a couple of my favorites, demonstrate how mature the music of T/error has become today, staring at Detroit but delivering two personal cuts intelligent enough to liberate your mind from your body.
Creative "Stability Island" returns to a classic construction unleashing the bass like never before in the opus whereas distorted voices drive you to "Scaryland".
Last but not least, "Surface Aberration" concludes the opus in a magistral way, delivering disturbing frequencies over dynamic textures, while analog tones make their way through the track.
It is often difficult to reinvent your sound, in particular after two opuses of such caliber as "D7" and "U235". Versatile T/error offers here with "Eka Bismuth" a real tour de force, showcasing his own dystopian universe made of deep Electro and powerful Techno influences. Not only a music to make you dance but also to make you think and remain conscious. Brillantissimo!
Reviewed by: Chris Nexus 6