By Alec Empire
Digital Hardcore - how aptly named is this record label? You'll not read a better description of Alec Empire's double-CD album in the remainder of this review so save yourself time, stop reading and get yourself down to your local record shop to purchase a copy... this is of fuck-me-its-so-great proportions. At the centre of CD1, titled "Intelligence And Sacrifice", is the commercially accessible "Addicted To You". Yet this track (a recent single) only leads your common listener towards the album, it in no way prepares for the ear-blasting onslaught upon it. The industrial-goth tune, sort of Marilyn Manson in style for those seeking a mainstream comparison, is mild when compared to the rest of the intense album. Digital hardcore? Indeed. Not since the early days of Black Lodge in the small upstairs room of Leeds University's Student Union have I heard stuff like this: either I've been away from the scene for so long and have just let it all go past me unnoticed or this is the first mainstream-targeted album of its sort since 1994's "The Downward Spiral" album. Maybe a bit of both.