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Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow Of Fear - Import CD

Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow Of Fear - Import CD



Punk/New Wave

November 20, 2020


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Catalog No.: MTA610092

JAN/ISBN: 724596100929

Number of Discs: 1

Country/Region of Manufacture: Import


Cabaret Voltaire


Richard H. Kirk resurrected the name Cabaret Voltaire for live performances of specially composed material in 2014, two decades after the group disbanded. Shadow of Fear is the first CV album in 26 years, and the first to be solely created by Kirk, although by the end of the influential groups run in the mid-90s, their music had evolved into a mixture of dub, techno, and house much more in line with Kirks myriad solo ventures, like Sandoz and Electronic Eye, than the bands earlier incarnations. Without Stephen Mallinders cyberpunk vocals, Shadow of Fear still feels more like a Kirk solo album, but its primitive drum machines, caustic distortion, and gritty samples recall his stellar output for Industrial Records and Rough Trade during the 1980s. The tinny beatbox rhythms and acid-laced effects of cuts like opener Be Free and The Power (Of Their Knowledge) flash back to post-punk-era CV, with sinister yet playfully chopped samples illustrating themes of corruption and destruction. Microscopic Flesh Fragment features a swirl of evil, pitched-down voices over a fractured, stop-start drum loop and a steadier drum machine bounce. Papa Nine Zero Delta Unlimited is a more suspenseful, fuzz-caked shuffle, nearly fit to soundtrack a busy action scene. Other tracks have more club-driven rhythms. Night of the Jackal has an acid house-informed beat along with bubbling sequencers and melting vocal samples. Universal Energy is easily the most hypnotic, cosmic track on the album, driving ever onward for 11 minutes in a quest for spiritual enlightenment. Vasto is a far more aggressive industrial techno stomper, embedding a mysterious vocal loop as a catchy hook. Even though Kirk used a restrained setup of vintage equipment to make Shadow of Fear, his vibrant energy and dont look back attitude keep the album sounding fresh and forward-thinking. ~ Paul Simpson


1.Be Free
2.The Power (Of Their Knowledge)
3.Night Of The Jackal
4.Microscopic Flesh Fragment
5.Papa Nine Zero Delta United
6.Universal Energy
8.What's Goin' On

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