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100blumen - Floral Annihilation
Monday, December 01 2008 @ 01:00 AM PST
Contributed by: Vargr Wulf

Floral Annihilation

Artist: 100blumen Germany

Title: Floral Annihilation

Label: Ant-Zen Germany

Genre: Industrial / Dance

Tracklist:

01 Chlorophyl Rush
02 Mortar
03 Floral Annihilation
04 Last Days Of Working Class
05 Grassroot Symphony
06 No Gods No Masters
07 More Flowers Walk Proud
08 Hope Is Gone
09 Petroleo Y Dinamita
10 Seed Of It All
11 Pussywillow
12 Stempel
13 Disko Mongo
14 Blumen100
15 Das Ende
16 Mongo (Remix By P-A-L)
17 Blumen100 (Fluerop Mix By Heimstatt Yipotash)


This is the greatest floral/plant-themed industrial euro-dance synth power electronics record that I have ever heard. There is a lot to chew on here, and it can admittedly be rather overwhelming to listen to all 17 tracks at once. However the gentleman behind this project is a genius and all of his efforts are worth your while. This record veers between completely monomaniacal throbbing repetitive dance industrial sledgehammers and the occasional odd atmospheric bits with a disarming ease. Each song provides a window into another little world inside the mind of 100blumen.

In a way, the flower is a meditation on death, as they eventually grow on our remains if we are allowed to rot freely. Surely the world would be a better place if there were more flowers and less humans? “No Gods No Masters” and “Mortar” ring in the revolution, drumbeats for the death march of the gladioli. Each powerful dance beat, each new facet presents new flowers growing in my brain. “Mortar” appears to sample machine-gun fire to a very effective end, but the violence never comes across as completely threatening. Through and through, “Floral Annihilation” satisfies the listeners urge for propulsive minimalist dance industrial.

Things are not sunshine and cinnamon all over, however. 100blumen makes no bones about switching into harsh painful power electronics mode on tracks like “Hope Is Gone,” where the relentless disco-punk throb is replaced with similarly uncompromising and relentless noise walls. 100blumen proves that despite his ever-present sense of humor he understands the harsh realities of this world. And thats not all.

100blumen can dive just as easily into the realm of haunting electronic soundscapes, evidenced by “Petroleo Y Dinamita,” where odd traditional folk songs intersperse with synth drones and “Pussywillow,” where a propulsive synth line drives 100blumen into video game music territory quite successfully.

Things get really strange again on the artist statement and near-finale “100blumen,” where the speed-addict drums collide with ethereal synths and squealing metallic feedback. A lot of the themes of the record culminate here and it should be seen as somewhat of a landmark in minimalist dance music, comparable in relevance to the early work of Green Velvet in America. This is deadly serious and efficiently addictive European thrash-dance ambient brutality, and the record is long enough to provide a rather satisfying fix, including several remixes, which are predictably insane. Highly recommended!

     



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