Diverje has always been an adventurous band and never more so than on this mighty double which collects together a whopping 31 remixes of Diverje tracks. The varied musical contacts and friends that Tommy T. Rapisardi (who also runs DSBP and Cyberage Radio) has gained over the years make for an album that is difficult in places and often complex although patience, perseverence and an open mind rewards the adventurous listener who is prepared to follow where the album leads.
Looking down the list of contributors it's hard to be impressed and perhaps slightly overawed by the names to be found here and, while it's unfair to leave any contributors out, to mention them all would turn this review into a novel!
Assemblage 23's version of "On Skin" that opens the album seems to be giving you an easy start as this is among the more accessable tracks, along with the typically American EBM of Babel-17's two tracks or the harder dance styles of Andrea Bellucci. The mixes by Simulator, Count To Infinity and Moon Rock's synthpop/futurepop stylings are all given a harder edge by the source material, meaning that the artists involved may well have been influenced themselves by the Diverje sound even while they were incorporating their own styles into the originals and taking the opportunity to spread their own wings stylistically. This is definately true of Control. Org Vs. C2's version of "Reject" where the future pop leanings of the former are overtaken by an ultra-pacey industrial avalanche or SMP's collaboration with Static Engine on the same track. In this latter case the two differing styles mix more noticeably, engaging in a constant tussle for supremacy.
For the most part this is an uncompromising and hard hitting album but one that also goes to show how progressive and innovative industrial music can be with bands such as DJ Riot's ultra-fast aggro-electro and Testube's mix of "Put The Flesh In" where Jeff Danos (who also did the logo and artwork) takes all manner of liberties with the source material, you never quite know what is going to happen next, which was probably the whole point of the exercise.
Over on disc two Symbiont's ultra-fast EBM and the innovative noise/dark industrial soundscapes Monstrum Sepsis gets proceedings off to a scorching start, meaning that there's no let up on this disc. Da Riot Squad combine funky breakbeats into the industrial maelstrom which is yet another example of Rapisardi's knack of choosing remixers who bring something different to the music with In_fused's melodic, ethereal but tension-filled number showing yet another facet of electronic music and, again, proving how differently the same track can be seen by different artists. In amongst all the remixes you'll find two Diverje tracks, starting with a cover of the Devo track "Planet Earth" (recorded with the band's blessing) and "Shivering Skies", a new track that was Inspired by September 11th. The mix of melodic and atonal sounds make for a haunting, dark conclusion to a mighty album that might not be for everybody but proves a continually inspiring listen for those who dare to take the plunge.
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