00 Species - _Anatomy of a Robot_
(Dementia Records, 1998)
by: Gabriel Sanchez (7 out of 10)
This is the second main noise output from this Grand Rapids hardcore/crust band and it shows quite a level of overall improvement in sound and composition. This time around, 00 Species chooses to focus less on just using delay effects and various "spacey" sounds and work more towards the layering of different noise to produce some very dark and, at times, harsh noise. While most of the early tracks on the first side of this tape show a lot of the progression, the second side is more typical of the earlier 00 Species work. While not particularly bad, they lack the progressive mixture of different sounds and the harsher atmosphere the earlier pieces created. For a relatively new noise act, these guys are showing an incredible amount of self improvement, and with some more steady releases displaying the type of work found on the early tracks, 00 Species could easily begin to rival the works being put out by the more "known" Americanoise artists out there. This is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the Bastard Noise / dark ambient type sound or want some easy ways to get into the genre with some darker, less harsh works first.

Contact: Dementia Records, 104 Diamond SE #1

(article published 19/11/1998)


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