power - speed - aggression

"After seeming to disappear into the hole named ‘What happened to..’ UK Industrial Techno act K-Nitrate have returned to the land of the living. Following changes in the line up and a few low key DJ Promo only releases, K-Nitrate have finally got around to releasing a longer demo CD which highlights the way the band have evolved since their last label release Hyperphobia (Itself a collection of demo material released without the full blessing of the band).

The basic ingredients are still there from the hard techno/EBM pulses of the rhythm and the snarling synths and samples. The influence of Cubanate still remains (not surprising as main man Graham Rayner was in the original line up of said band)but not as much to completely overshadow the band´s music. The first noticeable change however is the way in which the vocals and guitars have been pushed lower in the mix to allow the heavily techno influenced beats and bass take centre place.

Opening track Hateline (2001 Hard Mix) probably has more in common with the better moments of the hard house scene that it does with the majority of Industrial Techno/EBM being produced at the moment. The remix of Hateline by New Empire favourite’s The Pain Machinery amps up the power, harnessing the density of Power Noise with the dance floor efficiency of the best techno.

Other tracks such as Mental Poison, Poison and the two versions of Fat America demand to be released onto the dance floor as they would decimate the opposition with their combination of pounding four to the floor rhythms and tear away beats. Only the most intransigent would fail to move their asses to K-Nitrate’s demands.

If there is a weakness in K-Nitrate’s approach it’s highlighted by presence of the older track Bloodrush which while brought up to date, still shows K-Nitrate’s roots in the Nineties Industrial scene. Compared to the rest of the material it lacks a certain something I can’t place.

Where K-Nitrate really succeed in my eyes is that they offer another route for the future of Industrial/ Electronic Music. Where most Industrial music has headed off in two routes : Either towards Synthpop of IDM. K-Nitrate offer a third route that combines the structures of EBM with the sounds and beats of the best club techno out there. K-Nitrate also prove that Electronic based music can be aggressive without falling into the trap of sounding contritely evil or melodramatic.

Power- Speed - Aggression offers exactly what it says on the packaging. Powerful speedy aggressive electronic music that demands a dance floor and also proves that there is life and ideas within an Industrial music scene that seems to be full of bands chasing the ideas of the leading pack rather than forging their own futures."

- Sidney James (New Empire)