The sound of Rotterdam may have changed over the years but Black Merlin’s new release for the city’s Pinkman imprint carries the same nasty mechanics we know from hakkuh days. Even when in “SFORMATOR 2” the BPMs are modest, compared to the Terrordrome days, its daunting dark tribal makes me think of the proto-gabber act Holy Noise.
Following “SFORMATOR 1” from the April last year, the artist sticks to crushing mood in new three tracks of further 120 BPM hangman drumming. In “Verticle Shadow” a shotgun-equipped desperado is running against a locust swarm and “Kraur Ribel” is going for a slow kill with a forced brain therapy, the drummer as indifferent as before. For the end, there is no escape from the liquid ore of”Hole”, underscoring that a rhythmic noise maniac is at work again.