I’ll take my hat off to CRL studio because I couldn’t have been much more dismissive of the first album they sent to me (Serenity Cell) but they still sent me this for review. I actually confused this for an Unrepresented release (Junkie Kut/Needle Factory) because it’s so similar to their ouvre. Unlike Serenity Cell this album does leave an impression. Some people might look at cyber punks and go “ooh pink hair and space goggles and leather trousers”.I look at them and think about them on the toilet or eating a fried egg sandwich. While “Virtual Terrorist” concocts the image of some leather clad Matrix refugee for most, for me I think about the Image aside though, this is a solid album. I could level some of the same criticisms at this as I did Needle Factory and Junkie Kut. Everything happens pretty much on schedule and once you’re a minute into a track there’s a good chance you know where its going. Distorted snares and booming kicks abound (sounds like the Reznor kit) and the obligatory sci-fi/ Gen X dialogue samples also show up on cue.
However, this isn’t an album that ever put experimental on its list of objectives. What is on it’s list of objectives is getting maximum gurnage out of a bunch of Ketamine nutters and it’s easily good enough to do it. Virtual Terrorist restricts himself to a fairly limited palette of synth sounds (as he does with drum sounds) and it’s overwhelmingly industrial techno in its presentation, but he does a good job re-arranging and re-presenting them. You’d have to be cold-hearted indeed not to have a little bit of a comedy rave gurn to this in the privacy of your own home, and through large speakers (and while under the influence) it will do exactly as its maker intended but I won’t be getting rid of my Nine Inch Nails, Surgeon or Jeff Mills albums just yet.