RAW / PRIMAL / FUCKED / INDUSTRIAL / FILTHSTEP / OVERLOAD
PRODUCED BY JUSTIN K BROADRICK 2023
Available on cassette and special edition cassette (PRO-DUBBED IN BLACK SHELLS, PRO-PRINTED COVERS AND STICKER LABELS. INCLUDES A BONUS USB CASSETTE, A SCREEN PRINTED CLOTH PATCH (PRINTED BY EXHUMED VISIONS), AND A PIN INSIDE OF A BLACK VHS CASE.)
From the vacuum emerges an unbridled sonic mid finger to it all. Justin Broadrick serves up a searing indictment of our collective failure as a society — mired in monotonous greyness, rampant disinformation and rife with callous exploitation and disillusionment. With four new longform tracks, "Every Shade of Grey" sees Broadrick return to his very essence in true industrial mental make-up, railing against the system that seeks to keep us down.
Don't be fooled, however, as it’s far from being simply derivative of old-school industrial music. Instead, it undergoes a revisiting and updating process in a mature and modern vision. At the core of his newest vessel of dissent, EXIT ELECTRONICS, lies an unyielding philosophy of transcending the boundaries of genre and embracing the power of unfiltered expression.
Gone are the shuffly 2-step rhythms found on the two previous and very recently self-released outings of EXIT ELECTRONICS. This time basslines reign supreme, while drums are smashed to the point of resembling whip cracks, wrecked heavy duty pistons and atonal power hammers, the most melodic part is a gut punching two note shock wave. Born from a liberating creative exercise, “Every Shade of Grey” weaves a vortex of distorted frequencies reverberating like behemothian machinery, ignoring emergency shutdown. It spews out mutating cycles of dissonance that spill out between the chaotic interplay of slamming, drilling and wobbling basslines and cavernous snares until speakers ignite in a blinding white-hot blaze, melting away the illusions that bind us. With iron-willed, mechanical rhythms that charge the textural onslaught grinding you into submission, and one track adding visceral screams to the cacophony of noise, tracks break down into serrated landscapes of sinister drone and shrill feedback that awaken haunting memories of signals shrouded in analog static. There's no redemption to be found…
Broadrick, with double-distilled disillusionment and an insatiable appetite for sonic exploration, embraces the chaos with a no-holds-barred assault against half-truths force-fed for too long. Alongside the standard cassette edition, Deathbed Tapes presents a special edition enclosed in a clamshell case including a bonus USB drive-fitted cassette holding the release in digital format and a music video by Skintape. Embrace the curse of our terminal flaws through this relentless barrage reminding us of the unyielding cycle of disappointment we find ourselves trapped within.
— Luke Lund