Russian electronic musician Ivan Pavlov (CoH) has been exploring the darker side of sound manipulation for around thirteen years now, and IIRON sees him once again exploring metal and the jagged, machine gun-like guitars which come with it. A combination of repetitive heavy riffs and industrial electronic pulses mix to make music crawls with an evil intent. ‘War End War’ is a brilliant example of this, yet there are hints of acoustic guitar which were taken from Pavlov’s tape archives of the late eighties. Other tracks like ‘Soii Noir’ come across like the more intense and demonic brother to Nine Inch Nails' instrumental album Ghosts, using the same sense of dread but in a far less ‘pretty’ manner. However, there is something resolutely tongue-in-cheek about CoH’s explorations in metal as he definitely has a taste for big, obvious riffing. Far from taking anything away from the album this only adds to the enjoyment, resulting in a record of bare-faced electronic metal experimentalism.



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