In much the same way Klinik surged forward with "Blanket of Fog" so has Mark Alan Miller left behind the past. The guitars have been shelved, the vocals are nearly gone. Whether or not Out Out's fanbase will come along on this sonic journey of epic proportions remains to be seen. The kicker is that his next album will probably be even better.
I'm getting ahead of myself, what's it sound like, you might be asking. Oh it's electronic but far more refined and elegant than anything Miller has yet put out. He has chosen to join the growing number of artists who no longer go exclusively for the "industrial" crowd. This is a broadening of sound, an incorporating of several styles he's not done before. Biting samples, highly detailed beats, spot on programming and yet there still remains much aggression in the music. It's not upfront anymore, however. It smolders in the background, cleverly concealed beneath layer upon layer of sound.
This release is a fine example of what happens when a band listens to music outside of the "scene". Absorbing influences far beyond the realm of what is safe... what is acceptable. And all this from one man in Massachusetts. Brave, indeed.
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