Datacode Division – Dissections (2017)
Heavy as a really heavy thing……
Originally founded solely as a live duo in 2001, Datacode Division became the solo act of Bryen Olafsson in 2008 when Olafsson relocated to Las Vegas and joined the United States Air Force. The debut album Dissections will finally see the light of day on February 10th 2017. With a resoundingly bleak tone and an overall heavy industrial onslaught, Datacode Division somehow blend the old-school sounds of YelworC with Skinny Puppy’s atmospherics and Front 242’s rhythmic attack. It’s a concoction that works well on Dissections and results in some dark industrial cuts.
The album opens with “Prologue”, a dark and atmospheric piece that could largely be considered to be the calm before the storm. Enter “Leper” with its hyper distorted vocals tearing shreds over huge industrial beats and a stabbing bass line before it all ends in a wall of noise. “Crisis” similarly takes no prisoners, with its mid-tempo industrial crunch. “Sworn” has a heavy guitar line, which admittedly could be a massively distorted synth too, the tortured vocals and creepy synth pads in the background adding a grim feeling to the song. The effect laden interlude “Erosion” provides a brief respite to the industrial attack before the punishment continues with “Misery In Industry” – a mechanical and crushing industrial tune that hits hard. “Retribution” is savage, industrial brutality. Pure heavy electronics are unleashed during the machine gun like beats in the chorus. Again, nicely dark and sinister in sound. The album closes with the downtempo and desolate “Epilogue” – a suitably nightmarish end to a relentlessly dark album.
Available from Underground Industrial Records here.