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[DD15100] Various – Collected: Into The Dark Lands – We Are Family


The 100th release, a special occasion for a special label: Dark. Descent. has been living up to its role as a progressive maverick among the industrial hardcore scene, more daring, more versatile than others, thus creating a distinct label sound, bringing together a unique international artist roster and earning passionate recognition. Let’s celebrate this with no less than eight hours of music: 80 tracks by almost all of the people who have released on Dark. Descent., 21 of which are all new. A very limited CD with 15 of those tracks is also available, and that fine edition comes with an eight-page booklet containing the cover artwork of all 100 label releases, the entire download version of course – and the exclusive bonus CD single + digital track “Sorrow’s Shapeless Rhyme” by Mute.

The legacy of Dark. Descent. is appropriately reflected in various aspects of this collection, the sheer number of quality tunes, past and present, speaks for itself. And the 15 CD tracks really hit the mark: Artists who have been growing and developing under the label’s guise, also featuring the mates of Traumatic, all delivering a sound which is simply state of the art in 2018. Possibly this is too demanding for the main stage, too rhythmic for the doomheads, too heavy for techno – but just right for those in the know. Impossible to remain untouched by the bouncing greatness of Defiler or Stan Grewzell, the gritty darkness of Embrionyc or Cyberstruct, the melodic grandeur of Shatterling, the immediate club appeal of Mindwalker or Cubic Nomad. One simply can’t point out single tracks – as the quality level never drops, but then – Dustrializer’s “I am” is nothing less than an anthem, a bold declaration of unity for the Dark. Descent. massive, resolving all doubts: We are family!

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Mute. – Sorrow’s Shapeless Rhyme

And then there’s the 23 minute dark symphony by Mute. – a feast of experimental audacity, a cinematic and intriguing journey oscillating between soundscape and rhythmic crescendo.

With this, Dark. Descent. have pushed their ideas and intentions further than one would have ever thought. Now: Is this the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning?”

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