As far as contemporary techno is concerned, it doesn't get much harder and heavier than UK outfit AnD. "Fierce", which kick-starts this release on Perc Trax, demonstrates that they have taken inspiration from 90s minimalists like Space DJz and Bandulu, with screeching riffs unfolding over a 140 bpm track. That said, it runs the risk of sounding mellow when compared to "Detonate", which climbs to gabba peaks to rain down acid hellfire on the unsuspecting listener. "Illusions" is back at a less frenetic pace, but despite this, its distorted drums lend it just as much intensity. Closing the release is "Where Are You Going To Take Me"; clearly the answer is that AnD intends to bring the listener to a place where broken industrial beats underpin bursts of electronic noise.
Greven's Tobias Leuke aka O.B.I is one hardcore dude! Keeping on with Germany's notorious 'Schranz' sound, this album is not for the faint of heart. More for those who hunger for the old days of 140 BPM techno that Chris Liebing smashed out back in the day. Thing is: these tracks are more around the 150 BPM mark, so handle with care! This album is for digital hardcore freaks out of Barcelona Audiocode, a fitting home. Highlights include: "Deep Integration" which sounds like Mark Broom/Rue East circa 2001 on steroids, "Block Rocking Beat" is absolutely ferocious and sounding like classic Ben Sims on performance enhancing drugs while "Source Of Creation" is the most violent offering; clocking in at around 154 BPM this is pushing the threshold towards gabber territory!