Review: At the moment nothing quite says German techno as much as Berlin's Vault Series. Now up to their eighth release via Subjected's solo Vault Series 8.0, the label again refuses to deviate from their renowned take on four to the floor purism. "008 A1" bristles with booming kicks and menacing chords that embrace heaving functionalism, whilst the pounding and stepped rhythms of "008 A2" sees stone cold percussion facilitate the fusion of industrial abrasiveness. The crunching beats and thundering bass lines now synonymous with Vault Series reigns supreme on "008 B_V1" - intent on obliterating anything in its path - whereas "008 B_V2" opts for a less crunch-more punch approach. V2 also brings V1's breathy vocal snippet to the foreground of its mix, allowing for more play among contorted synth stabs. Subjected is one of Berlin's most devout when producing industrial strength slabs of club techno, and once again he fuels a Vault Series juggernaut that relentlessly marches on.
Review: There's no room for ambivalence on this release from Berlin-based artist Subjected. Hard techno is on the menu as the aptly named "Boom Boom" kick starts the release. Harsh, heavy industrial beats drive the arrangement as filters sweep across the grimy landscape. It's a similar story on "Concept 3"; based on a slamming rhythm, the beats are just as insistent and the filters as full-on, but the percussive ticks ensure it has a more subtle feel. On the final track, "TG33", Subjected takes the tempo down and makes the arrangement groovier, but Subjected's signature steely drums ensure that it doesn't lose its edge.