Review: This is a big one; Ohm Resistance marks 20 years with the return of the artist they kicked the label off with: Mick Harris. Back then he was operating under the name Quoit but you may well know him as Painkiller, Fret, Clang, a founder member of Napalm Death or, for the purposes of this release, Scorn. His first track as Scorn in seven years, it brings down the brutality he left us with on last year's Fret album and instead plunges us into a deep swampy sea of ominous tense dub. All versions of "Feather" score a nuclear fallout. Bleak, unhurried, barren and isolating. "Whatever Is Touched Turns" closes the show with a long soak in a deep harmonic bassbin bath tub. Welcome back Scorn.
Review: Music On Vinyl's Ministry reissue series continues via this heavyweight re-press of "The Land Of Rape And Honey" on orange and gold vinyl. On its initial release in 1988, the album was seen as something of a departure from the Al Jourgensen-helmed band's previous output, primarily because it mixed their previous EBM, industrial and experimental synth-pop influences with heavier guitar riffs, more stomping beats and the kind of growled vocals more prevalent in heavy metal. Listening back 31 years on, the album has lost none of its luster, with highlights including the low-slung dub-rock chug of "Golden Dawn", the ricocheting drums and dystopian screams of "Destruction", the EBM-rock throb of "You Know What You Are" and the 400 Blows style electro-dub funkiness of "Abortive".