Next Life Electric Violence
- Words: Cameron Macdonald
- Label: Cock Rock Disco
Norway‘s Next Life reminds me of a time when videogame music all of a sudden went metal. We heard the group‘s frantic, coin-operated sound a decade ago thanks to spazz-core, one-off Shakuhachi Surprise, and a few of Mr. Bungle‘s ADD-addled moments. Does Next Life add anything new? Yes. Their edits are quicker and they probably use better software as they jump between speed-metal blurts, hardcore-techno jackhammering, and "boss music" (as heard in countless Nintendo games). "Circle and Star" faithfully captures the 8-bit melodrama while "The Way Out" opens with odd modem screeches before the usual violence kicks in. Essentially, Electric Violence is like a game cartridge that needs to be blown into several times before playing.
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