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  • What's This For . . . ! [Editions EG, 1981] B
  • Pandemonium [Zoo, 1994] Neither

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What's This For . . . ! [Editions EG, 1981]
Not so strange that these heavy-metal mutants should turn up on the ambient-music label. In fact, their all-over sound is a plus--better echoey vocals and flash-free guitar than the stupid doomsday strut of their forefathers. But I rarely crave ambient technohorror, even when it has lead drum parts--prefer my immolation with lines around it. Which is why I bought "Change" as a single, and hope to do the same with "Tension." DNA goes to a par-tee. B

Pandemonium [Zoo, 1994] Neither