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ESA: Electronic Substance Abuse


ESA: Electronic Substance Abuse

After the widespread success of ‘THAT BEAST’ in 2018, matching the intensity and power and the resulting acclaim was never going to be easy.
However, here we find ourselves again, floored by J Blacker’s unmatched and completely individual style of hard and dark electronic grooves.

BURIAL 10 is an unrelenting power house of an album. From the opening staccato rhythms of the opener ‘Relapse’ we are taken on a breathless journey of pure heavyweight black magic.

Crushing dancefloor distortions sit comfortably alongside new and interesting styles helped along by vocal collaborations by ‘Jo Hysetria’ (Massenhysteria), ‘Caitlin Stokes’ (Corlyx) and ‘Lecture’.

BURIAL 10 is arguably ESA’s most accomplished album to date and yet again brings Blacker’s oppressive and furious energy back to the forefront of todays dark electronics.

ESA was born in 2002 in order to cross the threshold from one genre of extreme music to another.

Engineer of this electronic inferno, Jamie Blacker, up until this point had been writing music semi-professionally for years in the UK Black / Death metal circle, touring and recording alongside some of the genres elite.Having decided to experiment in dark electronics, ESA’s heavy, rhythmic style has since become rooted at the forefront of the harsh industrial /power electronics scene, predominantly owing to slews of powerful and engaging live shows all over the globe and 9 well received, critically acclaimed albums.

Taking influences initially from rhythmical noise acts, Blacker’s sound structures have developed and integrated countless influences from the broad spectrum of alternative and extreme music. The tone of ESA is harsh and oppressive, dripping with destructive and corroded grooves whilst still emanating deep melody and a strong sense of spirituality. ESA’s compositions are undoubtedly threatening and offensive floor stomping club tunes but also twist and churn enough to reward more attentive listening…

Tracklist

1.Relapse
2.One Cut Too Many
3.Cloak and Dagger (feat. Jo Hysteria)
4.Wither
5.I Remember
6.Burial 10 
7.Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown (feat. Lecture)
8.Her Body Prints Secrets
9.You are Safe Here (feat. Caitlin of Corlyx)
10.Hold your Tongue
11.Blessed with Bruises

 

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