INTELLIGENCE AND SACRIFICE
DOUBLE ALBUM DIGITAL HARDCORE, MNW
RELEASE: MAY 13, 2002 REVIEW: OCTOBER 23, 2002
ashamed. I deserve to be punished in some cruel, demeaning way. I’ve
hidden a masterpiece from you, my friends. But I won’t hide it any
Some of you may already have guessed it, but for those of you who have
waited and have led unenlightened lives, the truth is finally here; Alec
Empire is a demigod. And, he can make great music even without the rest
of Atari Teenage Riot. No matter a band member has died away, Alec Empire
is unstoppable, transforming the grief and his personal angst and anger
into a record of a kind not heard of since, well, the last time Atari
Teenage Riot put something out.
This is definitely in the vein of ATR, but much more personal, less political.
But not less interesting, or violent, for that matter. The songs "Everything
Starts with a Fuck", "Path of Destruction" and "Addicted
to You", among others, are physically painful to listen to. But,
oh, so invigorating and, in their own perverted way, uplifting. It doesn’t
matter that Alec saw fit to make "Intelligence and Sacrifice"
into a double-CD, filling the second disc with low key noise-experiments
that sounds like something - once disciple - Aphex Twin discarded as a
"Intelligence and Sacrifice" is still one of the masterpieces
of 2002, and I would be ashamed to leave you in the dark on that matter.
The darkness of Alec Empire is a much, much better place to be.