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Album Review

Chemlab (an outfit with a changing membership that has revolved around vocalist/lyricist Jared Louche and programmer Dylan Thomas More) prefigured the aggressive electronica sound that would later be popularized by bands like Prodigy and, to some degree, Nine Inch Nails. This digitally remastered reissue of the band's 1996 swan song shows them to have been sonically prescient but a bit too nihilistic and vulgar for prime time. There's more than a hint of late-period Ministry in "Exile on Mainline" and more than a hint of early-period Ministry in "Pyromance," but the almost dubbed texture of "Lo-Grade Fever" and the corroded wah-wah guitar on "Latex" are all their own. Louche's lyrics are sometimes unintentionally hilarious ("Roulette's spinning, the wheel of distinction/Darwin's selected you for total extinction"), but that's sometimes a welcome relief from the unrelieved heaviness of the band's sound. [This reissue of East Side Militia includes three remixes.]

Customer Reviews

It's East Side Militia! Not Easy Side!

Oh well, this album is one of Chemlab's best works. 'Nuff said.

Under Appreciated

This album was an anthem for my teenage years. It is an under appreciated feat from Chemlab. I used to listen to this one over and over and over. I miss the old industrial rock sound.

Biography

Formed: 1989

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Influenced by Throbbing Gristle and '80s industrial bands, Jared Hendriksen (vocals, programming) and Dylan Thomas More (programming) met up in Washington, D.C. in the late '80s. The duo began recording as Chemlab with the Ten Ton Pressure EP in 1990, and a tour with Nine Inch Nails the following year gained them a larger audience. After signing with Metal Blade, Hendriksen and More assembled a band (guitarist Steve Watson, bassist Ned Wahl and drummer Mark Kermanj) to record Burn Out at the Hydrogen...
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