This reworked version of Cloaks' decidedly gritty 2009 debut album Versus Grain has been a long time coming. For those with a love of heavy industrial beats and head-warping rhythms, it may well have been worth the wait. Sitting somewhere between the outer reaches of experimental techno, scratchy post dubstep, warped IDM and classic industrial rhythms of Meat Beat Manifesto, Version Grain is a full-throttle assault on the senses. At times, it's surprisingly sparse and rhythmically hypnotic (see the Ancient Methods remix of "RFID"), at others creepy and agonisingly intense (Devilman's fractured dubstep version of "Against"). Throughout, it remains gloriously in-your-face.
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