Blanck Mass Animated Violence Mild

Animated Violence Mild
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CD Details

  • Released: August 16, 2019
  • Originally Released: 2019
  • Label: Sacred Bones

Entertainment Reviews:

NME (Magazine)
4 stars out of 5 -- "On fourth record ANIMATED VIOLENCE MILD, a torrent of apocalyptic noise and frightening urgency, it seems like he's reached his final form."
Clash (Magazine) - "[A]n album full of absolute ragers....Power uses cut up synth stabs, vocal samples and short rhythmic loops to create mesmerising and hypnotic music that slowly pulls focus away from the catch synths up front."


  • 1.Intro
  • 2.Death Drop
  • 3.House vs. House
  • 4.Hush Money
  • 5.Love Is a Parasite
  • 6.Creature / West Fuqua
  • 7.No Dice
  • 8.Wings of Hate

Product Description:

Audio Mixer: Blanck Mass.
Photographer: Alex De Mora.
With Fuck Buttons and as Blanck Mass, Benjamin John Power has always had a gift for channeling intense emotions with instrumentation that's often thought of as cold and clinical. In particular, his solo work for Sacred Bones uses electronics to plunge into compelling moods -- the surprising sensuality of Dumb Flesh, the outrage of World Eater, and the juxtapositions of grief, horror, and humor on Animated Violence Mild. That album title is both a warning and a promise: The violent streak in Power's music is well-known, and extremely well-represented here by "Death Drop," a lengthy assault that incorporates the relentless thrust of industrial metal's double kick drums and throat-shredding vocals and some of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's whooshing sound design into a juggernaut full of crazed intensity and deadpan wit. However, Power is just as skilled at finding the beauty in destruction, and that side of his music takes the lead on Animated Violence Mild. Huge, immediate synth melodies dominate tracks such as "House vs. House," which even adds actual verses and choruses to Blanck Mass' music with results that call to mind HEALTH's doomsday pop, and "No Dice," where crashing beats and chromatic percussion twinkle like broken glass. As on his previous albums, Animated Violence Mild showcases Power's mastery of complex combinations of sounds and moods. "Creature/West Fuqua" shifts from a deluge of synths to harp and the fractured vocal samples Power used so well on World Eater to fascinating effect; while it's the album's shortest song, it might be the most unnerving. On the standout "Love Is a Parasite," Power reimagines "Death Drop"'s fury as a club-ready banger with a lunging beat and surprisingly jaunty handclaps. He brings the album full circle with "Wings of Hate," a finale that sounds anthemic and furious in both senses of the word. In many ways, Animated Violence Mild feels like the inevitable sequel to World Eater. Where that album used the full force of Power's music to rail against the world's injustices, this one reflects the resignation, frustration, and emotional overload of its time in its startling and moving tracks. ~ Heather Phares

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  • UPC: 843563117972
  • Shipping Weight: 0.12/lbs (approx)
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