Saturday, 15 March 2014
IRM - Order⁴
Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre/s: Harsh Noise, Power Electronics, Industrial
For Fans OF: Skin Area, Martin Bladh, Pharmakon, Alberich
IRM are a industrial/power electronics group comprised of Erik Jarl, Martin Bladh and Mikael Oretoft. The Swedish group do a more modern, and dare I say 'cleaner' take on the industrial genre, with a greater emphasis on sharp metallic drones and dense soundscapes. IRM utilise bass guitar, synthesizers (and various other noise equipment) and effects laden vocals and occasionally a detuned piano to conjure massive walls of sound, as well as more subdued, atmospheric sections. Order⁴ is probably one of the more sophisticated noise releases you'll hear, partly because Martin Bladh's artistic background bleeds into their sound and partly because of the very composed and structured nature of the four tracks on the album. Exactly 15 minutes in length each with each blast of noise, sample (instrumental or otherwise) sounding very deliberate. For those of you looking to delve into IRM's discography, Order⁴ is ideal as it's the group's most focused effort as of yet.