ALBUM HANDS RELEASE: AUGUST
1, 2002 REVIEW: AUGUST 20, 2002
whatever notions you have about Klinik. People may remember them for their
string of memorable club hits in the 80:s such as "Fever" or
"Moving Hands" but this new album could not be further from
those roots. For one thing, the only original member who remains is founder
Marc Verhaeghen, the man responsible for keeping Klinik afloat after the
1991 split which sundered the infamous line-up of Verhaeghen and Dirk
Ivens' project Dive has pretty much stayed close to the original formula
of Klinik, Verhaeghen has consistently pushed and kicked at the boundaries
of "electro" music. Starting with 1993's "Contrast"
(the first post-Ivens album) the techno/trance elements have been seeping
into the project and with this release, "Sonic Surgery", the
transformation (sic) is complete. The vocals are totally gone on this
album and the programming is that of the highest order of sequential symmetry.
with the mind-blowing "Pyramid", "Sonic Surgery" embarks
on a series of highs and peaks which have not yet been heard in the psytrance
world or indeed in the techno/electro sphere either. The precision is
violently faultless and the attention to detail reveals why this album
has been four years in the making. If you enjoyed Klinik's "Blanket
of Fog" or "Stitch" albums then this one will be music
to your ears. For those who prefer the band's "glory days",
give this one a miss as it is far too forward-thinking/moving for those
who still stubbornly cling to Klinik's rather dated earlier sound.
Vehaeghen is assisted by a fellow named Nickanor on this album (although
I can't really say what it is that this second member does). It appears
that Verhaeghen has decided to once more take Klinik in a direction which
never would have been possible or even imaginable had he remained saddled
with Dirk Ivens. This is a flawless album, an album full of creativity
and imagination. The beat structures may sound somewhat familiar but the
processing and soundcraft which pretty much obscure those beats is something
that only a living legend such as Marc Verhaeghen could accomplish. There
is a fearlessness and inventiveness to be found no where else in electronic
music on "Sonic Surgery".
Kill for it.