'Oedipus Dethroned'' is the second full length album by the Swedish IRM, after a LP also on Cold Meat Industry. This is a CD in an elegant black and red slipcase, simply designed and almost devoid of the usual shock imagery of power electronics. Its 50 minutes of music are very diverse and rather violent.
The CD opens with my favorite track on the album, ''The celebration of the untouched skin''. A church choir covers waves of statics before being eventually drowned into several layers of noises, and leaving room for the shouted and distorted vocals. The same majestic and religious elements are present in the title track, a pretty slow paced power electronics track that still leave you some air to breathe. Overall, this is a CD of rather ''old school'' power electronics that focuses more on majestic and slow moments than on real sonic assault. Even if this is still violent enough to make the neighboors complain, ''Oedipus Dethroned'' seems to me a bit ligher than, for example, Slogun's ''Kill to Forget''. Some tracks aren't based on the usual walls of noises, such as ''Inside the skull of a mannequin''. On the other hand, it also has more personality and more soul. Very introvert, the lyrics are violent, but not overly confrontational.
Even though I'm not a big fan of power electronics, I've been really well impressed by this album. It has proven to be quite addictive, an adjective I wouldn't normally use to qualify this kind of music. Violent but void neither of soul nor of personnality, ''Oedipus Dethroned'' is another very good release from CMI. -- Recycle Your Ears December 2000
Hard-to-find import CD from Cold Meat Industry, Sweden. Complete your COLD MEAT INDUSTRY collection with this essential release!