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Animated Violence Mild

Blanck Mass

Animated Violence Mild

Fourth full-length album of drone-heavy electronica from Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
Sacred Bones
UK Release date
16/08/2019
US Release date
16/08/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    A barrelling, vibrant masterwork
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  2. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Animated Violence Mind follows World Eater as something more singular and unique, and a thrilling testament to the unsung genius that is Benjamin John Power
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  3. 9.0 |   music OMH

    Blanck Mass’ style approaches speedcore in places, but Power ultimately creates music more nuanced and vivid than that genre label ever facilitated, and as such this album is highly recommended for all fans of experimental electronic music
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It is all bark, all bite and Power’s greatest and most consistent release under the Blanck Mass alias, bearing a message that is as crucial as it is necessary
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  5. 9.0 |   The 405

    This isn’t just the best Blanck Mass album to date, it’s also the best record that Power has been involved in, which really is saying something
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Mourning the death of the planet and a parent, Ben Power has made an album that fuses existential fear with sheer beauty
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Power reins in the cacophony
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    Instead of settling for a conventional breakbeat/bassline formula, Power uses cut up synth stabs, vocal samples and short rhythmic loops to create mesmerising and hypnotic music that slowly pulls focus away from the catch synths up front
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    What better way to rebel than making the lushest, sweetest music of his career?
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  10. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Benjamin John Power wants to remind you, in visceral detail, just how fragile your form is
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  11. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    This is essential listening from an essential artist
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  12. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    While fans of Power and Fuck Buttons in general will certainly feel at home here, as there’s plenty of abrasion and distortion to go around, Animated features, frankly, some of Power’s catchiest and most memorable compositions to date
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  13. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Alongside the general pixelated bombast, it also represents Power's most melodic work. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Animated Violence Mild sounds and feels like a reaction, reflection and continuation of the teeth-baring protest of its predecessor
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  15. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    Channels the horrors of the surveillance state and the creeping dread of everyday life into the most aggressive music of his career
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  16. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Blanck Mass' Animated Violence Mild drops unrelenting electro-industrial melodies, practicing excess to explore personal grief and the global devastation of consumerism
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  17. 6.0 |   Resident Advisor

    With the sense of plastic emptiness so ever-present, Animated Violence Mild too directly mirrors the very thing it's critiquing
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  18. 6.0 |   Q

    Despite the pluming black-metal geyser of Death Drop, it doesn't have the evil heft of 2017 predecessor World Eater. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Respite is infrequent with Blanck Mass, but when it arrives, its effects are heightened. Print edition only

  20. 5.0 |   Crack

    In line with the album’s theme of anti-consumerist self-loathing, everything is cranked up to an antagonistic, perhaps even intentionally over-saturated, level
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