DIGITAL (2012) · Listen & Buy on Bandcamp
Almost 20 years later, the messiahs of machine rock return to the album that started it all! In 2012, Metropolis Records releases Wisdom to the masses, remastered and featuring several never-before-heard remixes and bonus tracks. From the first thunderous beats and cacophonous sequences leading into grinding guitar riffs and Powell's slithering vocals, Motorskill remains a club staple to this day, offered up on this release in three forms with the Quad remix and the original demo both evoking a heavy industrial dance influence reminiscent of Skinny Puppy. Similarly, the Nightmare remix of Dreams of Light and the previously unreleased Black Hole race by with the urgency and power of any modern EBM floor stomper. We also are presented with the unabashed guitar vitriol and mechanized loops of Head of Stone and the pounding march and grooving progressions of Hand Over End, as well as the slower but no less energetic stabs of noise and descending ambience of Filthy Love of Fire and the distorted trip-hop and shimmering atmosphere of Downtime (Part 1). The title track remains a haunting piece of industrialized nightmare with its eerie manipulations of samples, chugging guitars, and stop-start beats, while Will struts with hypertensive menace, the scathing synths and vocals sure to affect even the most hardened rivethead's equilibrium.
This rerelease of Wisdom is a momentous occasion for fans of 16volt and industrial rock alike, a piece of underground music history that shows no signs of aging after almost two decades. Featuring production from renowned figures like Dave Rave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy) and Keith Fluffy Auerbach (Ministry), Wisdom is not only an amalgam of the band's early influences, but also showcases the beginning of 16volt's evolution into ever more adventurous territory, all the while presenting a vicious coldwave assault that sounds as fresh and as menacing today as it did in 1993. Listen, rejoice, and wise up!
Track List01. Motorskill
03. Head of Stone
04. Filthy Love of Fire
05. Hand Over End
07. Dreams of Light
08. Downtime (Part 1)
09. Motorskill (Quad - Hate Dept. Remix)
10. Dreams of Light (Nightmare - Hate Dept. Remix)
11. Filthy Love of Fire (Unreleased David Ogilvie Remix)
12. Black Hole (Unreleased Bonus Track)
13. Motorskill (Demo Version)