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Drums of Death [Digipak]

  • 1. Universal Time Signal
    2. Brother's Gonna Work It Out (2005)
    3. Quantum Cyborg Drum Machine
    4. Guitar DJ Tool Element
    5. Metatron
    6. Assisted Suicide
    7. Kultur Krieg
    8. Sounds from Planet X
    9. B Side Wins Again (2005)
    10. Incipit Zarathustra
    11. Darker Shade of Bleak, A
    12. Art of War, The (Back to the Lab)
    13. Terra Nullius (Cyborg Rebellion on Colony Planet Zyklon 15)
    14. Public Enemy #1 (2005)
    15. Obscure Disorder (Ghost Hacked!!!)
    16. Particle Storm
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57161

  • Credits
    ProducerJack Dangers; Paul D. Miller; DJ Spooky; Meat Beat Manifesto
    EngineerJack Dangers

    Personnel: DJ Spooky (synthesizer, turntables); Chuck D (vocals, rap vocals); Dlek , Meredith Monk (vocals); Gerry Nestler (guitar); Jack Dangers (electric guitar, bass guitar); Vernon Reid (guitar); Dave Lombardo (drums).
    Illustrator: Jimmy Burns .
    At first glance, the teaming of DJ Spooky with Dave Lombardo (drummer for Slayer and Fantomas) may seem an unlikely pairing. But from the opening remake of the Public Enemy tune "Brother's Gonna Work It Out"--a track featuring Lombardo's fierce beat-keeping, crunching bass and electric guitars from Jack Dangers, Spooky's tweaky atmospherics, and Chuck D himself on vocals--the project makes perfect sense. DRUMS OF DEATH emerges at the intersection of the most progressive and aggressive music of the 1980s, '90s, and 2000s; it suggests that the line between hip-hop, hardcore metal, and the outer reaches of electronica has always been thin and somewhat arbitrary.
    Chuck D raps on two other tracks ("B-Side Wins Again" and "Public Enemy #1"), and MC Dalek guests on "Assisted Suicide." However, most of the album is instrumental, focusing on Lombardo's thunderous pyrotechnics, Spooky's evocative textures and samples, and the contributions of additional musicians, most notably guitarist Vernon Reid. The record shifts from metal ("Kultur Krieg") to futuristic jazz ("The Art of War [Back to the Lab]") to the avant-garde (the collage experiment "Incipit Zarathustra") in a joyous disregard for conventional categories. The results remind us that those categories aren't very necessary in the first place.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[Chuck D] brings his full Armageddon armoury to the party, and his political missives provide some of the highlights of the album."
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