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Drums of Death by DJ Spooky (aka That Subliminal Kid) and Dave Lombardo

Characteristically, DJ Spooky possesses an unquestionable sense of universalism extending from the scientific to the banal. Along with Dave Lombardo, DJ Spooky has made a genuine musical production out of the idea of beginnings & endings to project the shape of the future. The result of this production is "Drums of Death" on Thirsty Ear.

"Drums of Death" charges with a relentless surge of intensity about something. The key element arrives just about the middle of the recording in the track titled "Incipit Zarathustra". This 4’ 5" could be interpreted as a turning point in the development of the recording. For it is hard to know on which polarity in a transition from bad to good, the multiple authors of the recording are concentrating. I want to believe that some uplifting statement can emanate from the direness of the necessity for the healing of global culture. The rescue operation for the world can start on the B-side: the brothers are going to work it out. Sacrifice. For some. By some. For all. By all. The B-side.

Hit it Maestro.

Large thinking is condensed and put into a language that a contemporary listener can comprehend. Levels of perception evolve around a central core which is undeniably the beat. The beat and the unstoppable abstract rumbling of the the drums and the cymbals become the ground. The sincere words of the songs lay out another level. The songs rap about the terror that penetrates the world and how to combat it. Over the top and in between both the cognitive and the musical theme are the reverberations of guitars, sirenlike sampling, and digital orchestration. The details to refine the language are mutiplicitous but nonetheless indispensable to the whole. Electronic voice altering, scratching of turntables, synthesized waves of sound, priceless sonic ornamentation: these details enrich the space.

Put this recording on repeat.

This recording surpasses mere mixing. Any sound mixing becomes coherently instrumental like the musical lines and clusters created by the guitarists, the drummer and the remaining members of the ensemble using acoustic instruments. The proportion of pure instrumentals to vocals supplies the trigger for driving home the concepts and directives offered by the words of the songs.

Put this recording on repeat.

Hit it Maestro.

Ready, Set and Incipitis.

Zarathustra declared three commandments integral to the religion he founded: to practice good thoughts, good words, good deeds.

Put this recording on repeat.

Can you hear the resonance of the holy significance of saving ourselves bouncing off the intergalactic dust?

You gotta.

This recording is the kind that can be found totally mesmerizing or completely a turn-off. I can either greet the recording with poetic joy or an expression of disgust. I chose the former.

Put this recording on repeat.

Can you hear the resonance of the holy significance of saving ourselves bouncing off the intergalactic dust?

You just gotta.

I do. Everyday.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: DJ Spooky (aka That Subliminal Kid) and Dave Lombardo
  • CD Title: Drums of Death
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Thirsty Ear (The Metallic Blue Series)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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