Review: When it comes to releasing original dubstep, there are few who boast such a forward thinking catalogue as the Macabre Unit imprint, continuing that trend here as they invite Ammon-Ra in for five tracks of pure heat. We kick off with a look at the title track 'Shamanism', a writhing, gnarly beast, patterned with super clean drum sampling and a real punchy feel. This is then chased up by the trap-like tones of 'Way Back When', the big room emotive synthesizers of 'Gaia' and ferocious feels of 'Fire Blazing'. We then finish up with the hard hitting basslines and crunchy percussion of 'Afterlife', again showcasing the Macabre talent for finding real original heaters.
Review: Who says Dubstep is dead? The scene has had a proper revival over the past few years, but I don't think those who've stuck with it since the late 2000s glory days would even say it died - it just went back to is underground roots. Ammon-Ra represents those roots perfectly with this EP and the title track smacks of Dubstep as it should be and 'Artificial Intelligence' -the title track - is exactly that: looping drums and slowish pace but obscenely heavy on the back end and a real feeling of travel. 'Eluesinian Mysteries' takes things in a choppier direction, sharp bass stabs penetrating deep into the range. This is proper Dubstep.
Review: Brand new to MUD, brand new to the game, the mysterious Ammon-Ra makes his debut with four precision cuts. "The Halls Of Amenti" is a haunted graveyard stepper until the metallic broadsword bassline swathes into the viscous blend, "Kybalion" ups the theatrics with big orchestral dynamics, spacy humanised textures and drop that teeters on naughty trap while "Streetwise" strips things right back for a much more alarming, creepy piece of work. Finally "Barely Human" jolts us with some high voltage wobble bass, all wrapped up in iceberg synth blasts. More of this place Mr Ra.