Datacode Division - Dissections
Released 2017 by Underground Industrial Records
Though he has been around since 2001, Datacode Division will most likely be a name that you are not all that familiar with. The project run by Bryen Sorg Olafsson has been a live project for a long time - that being said his debut Dissections did not appear until earlier this year when record label Underground Industrial Records released the album. Yes, the fifteen year long digestion period for a full length may seem like it took fucking forever but Datacode Division has released such a gleefully punchy industrial/dark electro hybrid that you'll come out of it feeling angry and dirty.
The eight track album begins off with a set two and a half minute prologue that takes you through the works like a tutorial; angelic hymns, darkened electronic rhythms, and swooping synths will please the ear. 'Leper' begins as the next track and the higher pitched synths might have you thinking that they're going to lead into some 8-bit track, but after a quick sample the stompy and filthy industrial machine kicks in. Processed vocals and drum machines will beat the shit out of you as quickly as Connor McGregor's fists.
The motorized teardown continues with the ground shaking beats found in 'Crisis'. 'Sworn' kicks in with an odd and old school sample sounding like it's out of a movie from the fifties, but then the sci-fi oriented synths come in along with more thunderous bass. Around the one minute mark heavenly synths break the pattern and take over for a good bit - but Datacode Division is not the type of project to keep you comfortable for too long. Soon enough your brain is rocking back and forth once more due to the pulverizing industrial. 'Erosion' is a darkly cinematic track that lasts for around two and a half minutes. After that it's business as usual as both 'Misery in Industry' and 'Retribution' deliver more stompy beats, with the latter lending a huge hand to EBM. 'Epilogue' - at least in comparison to the rest of the album - ends off on a lighter note, with the final fifteen seconds nothing but static, like that of a busted radio.
Datacode Division is dark and stompy dark industrial who knows their place among the scene. Yes, it took a while for a full length to release, but actions do speak louder than words. Only being out four months the physical copies of Datacode Division's Dissections have already sold out. That's something I missed out on. However, here's hoping for a second pressing sometime soon. You can still grab the digital version of the album from Bandcamp, so don't be too bummed.
Jun 29 2017
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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