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Greetings From Birmingham marks an interesting new direction for a sound that has changed remarkably since Scorn began. Rooted in ambient dub, Scorn's sound had continued to evolve by dispersing, becoming increasingly ethereal. This album marks a return to more defined sound. It has many more hard edges. Gone are the tonal winds of previous albums. In its place, prominent jazz-like beats provide structure for a minimalist melody, all powered by harsh, murky basslines. And that's it — there is little else building the sound. It is Mick Harris' skillful arrangement of these elements that makes Greetings From Birmingham such a notable release. Careful listening shows that the repetition sports live, improvised tweaks, often used to fairly dramatic effect — this release is all about the details. These strengths of the album may also make it inaccessible. There is enough there to keep Scorn fans listening for a long time, and the album is detailed enough to require repeat listenings. Unforunately, a casual listener might easily pass this solid release by.


Born: 1991

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Closely allied with post-industrial dub terrorists such as Bill Laswell, Techno Animal, James Plotkin, Robert Musso, and Anton Fier, Birmingham-based artist Mick Harris is something of a study in extremes. A drummer with noted death metal outfit Napalm Death through the group's late-'80s/early-'90s heyday, Harris began experimenting with monochrome ambient and dub styles toward the tail-end of his association with that group. Releasing material through Earache as Scorn (his ambient dub aegis) and...
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