On All Down, Dead Sound show that when it comes to hard techno, they have few peers. The title track is the most visceral offering, a storming affair with vocal snippets and a murmuring vocal featuring over grainy drums and distorted kicks. The Videohead reshape follows a similar path, with a crashing snare and doubled up beats underpinning a grungy bassline. It's not all peak-time thrills however, and "Where Was I" is a more restrained track, although to suggest that Dead Sound are being subdued is far off the mark. Glitchy percussion and a dubby groove lend it this semblance, but at its heart is a tracky rhythm.
If you're looking for a dub techno record that doesn't sound like a poor imitation of Basic Channel, then Sobriety is for you. The title track is a slamming affair with hissing percussion underpinning deep, layered chord builds. As its name suggests, Advanced Human's 'Dirty Chord' version makes the central elements sound grubbier, supported by a rugged rhythm. In a similar vein is "Pornographic Priestess"; the drums are tough and the chords churn and filter mercilessly. The remixes don't depart from this approach, with the Ground Loop dub remix following a stomping direction and Ground Loop's Sukubus version adding in shaking percussion and irresistibly gloomy chords.