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Reviews – Data Renaissance – Phoosi

01. Segmentation Fault
02. Interrupt Handler
03. Decompilation
04. Readonly
05. Cryptographic Reminiscence
06. Object Resurrection
07. Multithreading
08. Oracle Machine
09. Knowledge Renaissance
10. Inline Meeting
11. Protocols

We’ve come a great distance from these formative days within the ’80s when bands used to proclaim “no synthesizers!” on the finish of their exhaustive thanks lists. Metallic’s relationship with digital music is well-documented and undoubtedly does not want explaining once more right here. However you possibly can be forgiven for being completely sick of the sound of synthesizers at this level, such is their ubiquity in each mainstream various music and the pop mainstream usually. When you can tolerate a couple of extra vaguely metal-adjacent electronica data, nevertheless, then THE ALGORITHM stays probably the most straightforwardly entertaining crossover synth operator round. Broadly related to the tech-metal and djent scenes, Rémi Gallego has been inventive and shrewd over time, releasing a collection of albums that every supplied a singular tackle the Frenchman’s idiosyncratic components. In a lot the identical method that MASTER BOOT RECORD has stayed measurably other than any notions of pure-blood synthwave by sounding like a heavy steel bombing marketing campaign, THE ALGORITHM has all the time evaded straightforward categorization and easily appears like himself, whether or not on the epic and bewildering “Compiler Optimization Methods” (2018) or on this, his fifth and arguably most streamlined and direct full-length.

“Knowledge Renaissance” crams each aspect that THE ALGORITHM have toyed with over years into crisp and scientific three-to-four-minute whirlwinds of overdriven know-how. However regardless of that bedrock of digital information, the sound of massive, loud guitars is equally important to at the least half of those tracks. In fact, on this event, Gallego is an digital musician with heavy steel songwriting sensibilities, and “Knowledge Renaissance” is extra instant and memorable than any earlier album consequently. You may take your decide from the grinding, dubstep pulse of “Interrupt Handler”, the wild, gabber-tinged throb of “Inline Meeting” or the economic steel stutter-stomp of “Readonly” for the album’s grittiest, most metal-friendly second, however the disorientating, psychedelic bombast of “Cryptographic Reminiscence” and the deeply wonky, goth-glitch nightmare of “Object Resurrection” are equally mesmerizing.

There are definitely moments of digital purity right here, however THE ALGORITHM‘s intuitive subversive streak is all the time lurking within the background. Even the jittery, insistent beats of “Multithreading” are steadily undermined by thick, viscous bass ooze and flashes of ghostly humanity. An album filled with intelligence and verve, “Knowledge Renaissance” is eccentric, enthralling and greater than heavy sufficient to hit the spot.

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