Ancient Methods – Fifth Method (AM-5) – 10/10

The walls of Jericho are shaking again when hit with the sonic assault by Ancient Methods. Baeks and Trias, two masterminds behind the act, are on the move in heavy armor, again in the crossroads of darker techno and industrial. A1 goes off with a raw and energetic sequence pumping like, I would say, a rave track. At mid-track the tempo is reduced, rhythm altered and what follows is the Ancient Methods trademark diesel beat. The A-side ends with a locked disco groove, featuring a sample of Prince’s “1999”. On the flip of marbled vinyl, B1 is a robust stomper with distorted voice sample and full of amazing power, reminding of some Subhead releases. B2 keeps the standard with basses challenging the needle, funkier beat complementing the track .

Seems that now defunct Zhark and Possible Records have donated some organs to Ancient Methods. It’s cyborgian techno, on foundations of early-90’sound. But also reflects the spirit of older times when men were made of iron and ships of wood. Since 2007, the duo have done only five releases on their own platform, a fact that speaks of professionalism and quality. Indeed, AM-5 is a brilliant continuation of the story.

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