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Shrouds – Novus Ordo Seclorum w/ /ϟ/HUREN/ϟ/ remix [Black Carpet Recordings]
Shrouds’ full release on Black Carpet proves to be a great comeback on the radars of those watching the darker areas of techno. After a big surge of attention brought to the Amsterdam based act upon releasing the track Robot Rebellion on Planet 303 (TXTRL), it was a bit silent for a while. Shrouds took his time to reinvent his sound, which has become apparent on the Strange Therapy VA released towards the end of 2017 (link). He Raised His Voice, The Earth Melted paved the way for an equally dynamic and destructive sound, to be heard on Novus Ordo Seclorum.
This EP is in a similar way the resurrection of Black Carpet, the latest record dating back 2 years, gracing the names of Ontal, Ayarcana, Honzo, and Stingrays. Gathering much attention after this amazing start to the label, it is quite a shame that there was not much to be heard from them, especially when considering the growing interest for industrial tinged shades of techno. Although, it might be for the best as this genre has developed immensely since the initial hype a few years back.
Novus Ordo Seclorum announces a new age of order cemented in chaos. This duality of insanity and discipline, hidden from the common eye, is already noticeable in the first track Submit & Obey. Harsh, relentless kicks set the pace to a mind boggling speed, while the sounds of machinery remind the listener of its position in this system of empty consumption. Shrouds didn’t lose its knack for catchy, subtle melody strongly complementing this track. Mind Control opens with an ominous vocal building into a post-apocalyptic banger with punk finesse, preparing us for Rectify The World, another post-anthropocentric robot-takeover. A wasteland filled with sweaty bodies can easily be pictured, the drum rolling to the beat of their labor. Definitely a track that can get a crowd moving toward its own pit of demise.
Having the veteran /ϟ/HUREN/ϟ/ on remix duty for Mind Control is definitely a very nice surprise and grants this record an amazing closing track. Taking a more subtle approach, it is a slow burner but not less of a sting. Skillfully warped half-step seeking to make you feel slowly invaded and uncomfortable.
Novus Ordo Seclorum is a record made to enjoy on the dance-floor, well produced, making the listener look forward to what else Shrouds and Black Carpet have to offer.