Huoratron
Cryptocracy


3.5
great

Review

by Deviant STAFF
April 26th, 2012 | 81 replies | 10,506 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The nastiest dance album you'll hear all year - a change of pants is compulsory not optional

While we can all thank Justice for at least providing some alternative to the virginal white listlessness of trance’s insipid 4x4 monotony, Cross still only came off as aggressive and unruly by comparison. Tracks like the radio-baiting ‘D.A.N.C.E.’ proved that the French electro duo still had their hearts firmly set on at least some level of stability, their buzz saw antics more a clearing of the throat than a true declaration. Stateside, Sonny Moore made his bid for promotion infusing the sound of a thousand dying computers with his own cut and paste attempt at dubstep (there’s a recurring theme of imitation rather than creation here that bears some scrutiny but we’ll save that for another time), but that was nothing more than a nudge towards darker territory, a drawing up of battle plans rather than marching over front lines. And while back in Europe The Bloody Beetroots have managed to defy the odds and find several uses for Steve Aoki they’ve yet to capitalize on the success of Romborama; ditto SebastiAn, though his problem lies in the fact that he’s never managed to properly capture the ferocity of his live performance, opting instead to balance brawns with brains. But then there’s Aku Raski, born and raised in amidst the Finnish heavy metal scene, a man who initially made music through two reconfigured Game Boys.

That might seem like a rather strange way of introducing him to the greater world, but it shows Aku (as Huoratron) as an artist who treats his music as simple entertainment. Simple, because while he creates an air of muscular claustrophobia, of a pressure so daunting you can hear the creaking and warping of steel as it fights against such an oppressive weight, his music is still predicated on a manageable premise. His attempts to inspire stem only from his desire to do as much damage and destruction as he can; Raski isn’t looking to make fresh-faced dance music, choosing instead to push the proverbial envelope as far and as hard as he possibly can. Electro for him isn’t safe and disposable, it’s a junkyard dog fighting against its restraints, eager to sniff out the blood in the air. Where others have tested the waters by incrementally pushing the boundaries of the genre, Huoratron tips it over the edge. He’s an artist stepping over the line that separates man and machine, alive in the infrastructure, alternating between command and assault. The artwork for the title track’s single release seems to indicate as much, illustrating him as the grand manipulator, stretching hardware beyond breaking point. His army an assortment of industrial servants: emergency sirens, steamrollers and jackhammers. He creates an aura of emergency, of emotional response as real and heart-palpitating as pure adrenaline. The end result: the sound of force of motion encountering brute resistance.

Which all ends up resulting in Cryptocracy being one of the most intimidating listens you’re ever likely to come across; the violent misfire of lasers in the title track, the Street Fighter and Doom soundbytes of ‘A699F’ and ‘Top 1%’. But what Raski still manages to create amidst all the warfare is an unmistakable penchant for rhythm and groove, something that many of his American contemporaries could sorely learn from. The buzz saw aggression of ‘Force Majeure’, while borderline sociopathic, is a soundtrack to the sweatiest and disturbing night out you’ll ever have. The same goes for ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ that co-opts the jack hammering bass loops with an eerie reappraisal of industrial rave synthesis. This penchant for throwing in as many caustic and sometimes contradictory noises together creates a few issues though; while the tracklist is mercifully reduced to just 10 tracks, Cryptocracy can be a chore to get through without momentary pauses for concern. There’s also a lack of diversity that while providing a suitable degree of uniformity to the album, shows that Raski isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel anytime soon.

But as an album designed as serotonin replacement it’s hard to find fault with something that achieves that goal after little more than 30 seconds. Even when he misfires with the dubstep-fuelled ‘Sea Of Meat’, you still can’t help but tip your hat to a man who in one fell swoop just rendered the entire American dubstep roster as toothless street panderers, revealing Sonny Moore and company’s success as an example not just of excess but necessity – if not them, then someone else. And with Raski’s punk rock-like aggressive take on dance music, and with audiences constantly looking for the next level of jagged electro hooks, Huoratron is on the brink of finding himself pushed into the spotlight.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



31085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cryptocracy (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsHIzhaNOYU
And here's a month old stream: http://soundcloud.com/lastgangentertainment/sets/huoratron-cryptocracy/

Digging: Banks - Goddess

taylormemer
April 26th 2012



4916 Comments


Oh dear.

captaincrunch11
April 26th 2012



1198 Comments


By the look of those recs I will definitely be checking this out.

FelixCulpa
April 26th 2012



1239 Comments


I remember hearing Cryoptocracy (The song) a while back and digging the intensity of it. Glad the
album isn't to much of a one trick pony. Nice review as well Dev.

Strider
April 26th 2012



4598 Comments


Didn't know you knew Huoratron Dev, saw him 2 times already, the second time I really liked him

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



10324 Comments


god finally something good deviant

Digging: Literature - Chorus

ThroneOfAgony
April 26th 2012



3485 Comments


Ehhh, this looks alright. I may check this out, but probably not

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



31085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This has your name written all over it rudeboy

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



10324 Comments


hahaha a few songs into this, it is indeed pretty hard. i think i'm in love

nex77
April 26th 2012



43 Comments


'The best kinds of music videos are the ones that induce seizures.'

I'm too old // what the fuck.

Strider
April 26th 2012



4598 Comments


Not the same power on the studio versions imo

Acanthus
April 26th 2012



9537 Comments


Did you just call Cross a trance album?

Probably going to get this, as "Cryptocrasy" is fun in a "I-never-build-up-past-the-glitchyness-of-the-samples-for-long" way.

Acanthus
April 26th 2012



9537 Comments


Alright so this is really a hit/miss. Attempting the soundcloud stream it beccomes readily apparent
that each track WILL begin in relatively the same manner. The man has a love for false builds, and
his
wobbles are in a key that borderlines on being annoying.

Also of note is the often minute long segments of repetition, and while the same can be said of
Sonney
Moore and that whole American dubstep scene you mention this isn't really anything new nor is it
exactly club worthy. A select few tracks sure, but this just strikes me as non-vocal sub-bass
womps/breaks; and I've heard that before.



bloc
April 26th 2012



34768 Comments


This is the kind of stuff I can't stand. That title track really sounds terrible.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

Anthracks
April 26th 2012



3733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh hell no

Digging: Devangelic - Resurrection Denied

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



10324 Comments


anthracks didn't see that coming nice

sifFlammable
April 26th 2012



2741 Comments


the opener is pretty boring i don't know
from the few tracks i heard i like the second one though

Anthracks
April 26th 2012



3733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

deviant discovered this because i rated it

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
April 26th 2012



7088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Also of note is the often minute long segments of repetition, and while the same can be said of
Sonney
Moore and that whole American dubstep scene you mention"

Actually I'd argue the exact opposite. One of the biggest problems with that scene is that there is NO focus on repetition with subtle elements at work. It's all about throwing a new idea or hook at you every two seconds which is cool the first time you hear it, but like Deviant said, "what Raski still manages to create amidst all the warfare is an unmistakable penchant for rhythm and groove". There's absolutely no groove in American dubstep right now, and that repetition is sometimes what's necessary to get that.

But what's so great about this (and that Oi Oi Oi album to an even greater extent) is that it hits you with these sick danceable sections and instead of dropping out for a generic build-up to try to force you to dance with another drop or using some other cheap trick, it's all kept so fresh by subtle changes like a beat dropping out for a few bars and coming back in or a simple synth line getting dissonant and then coming back in clean, so it might be repetitive in that you're hearing similar motifs recurring throughout, but there's always something new happening, it's just less apparent than other stuff that's more in-your-face. It helps that the heavy stylings here are damn fun on their own too.

"this isn't really anything new nor is it
exactly club worthy."

It's not really anything new, but it's still fresh to hear something like this considering where most electro is at these days and his heavier take on it is definitely pretty sick. This is absolutely club-worthy though. Every track on here is hard-hitting house music, which is pretty much never out of place in a club.

"this just strikes me as non-vocal sub-bass
womps/breaks; and I've heard that before. "

Aaaaand you lost me. These aren't really whomps at all, just over-driven synth lines all over, which is something that's prevalent in pretty much all electrohouse. And although there are some groovy basslines, the sound isn't something that would be considered "sub-bass", it's just standard house which would be totally empty without some hard basslines here and there. Not a whole lot of breaks here either, most of this is straight up 4 on the floor.

Anthracks
April 26th 2012



3733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album a lot but I could never dance to any of these songs.



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