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From their Spanish base, Alerstorm and Ice Stereo have been scorching multiple labels across Europe for years with their individual brands of neuro-influenced music. Now their powers have combined. This is Gradual and it's time for Ragnarok. The first two tracks lay out the blueprint. The title track's militant drums, portentous timpani, the sound of spent ammo hitting the deck and a cold front of low-end tell the story. The drop is total war as motifs shred among weighty kicks and warping synths. Then the follow-up punch of Devastation reinforces the vibe, raking over the remnants on the bloodied battlefield and reinterpreting the elements into a clinical, technoid format. As Reaper begins, it promises respite from the screwface intensity, until building drums scratch that idea. The drop twists the track into a glitchy kaleidoscope of head-nodding percussion and ephemeral shards of distorted and manipulated sound. The Escape takes things to the next level of complexity. Two rhythm patterns vie for supremacy, as the steady and the syncopated weave through each other. This is deep musical construction without ever losing the drive and energy to smash it in the rave. Then Ashes brings a new facet to the sound, adding space for each precision-strike of bass to reverberate. This is a punchy, dubby four-in-the-morning tune to darken up the party. Finally, Not Repetition takes things to full-on rinse out territory. This is where Gradual demonstrate that they can strip their sound back and deliver a targeted assault straight at the rave. This debut release shows that these producers aren't playing, they're bringing it hard and dark and they know how to satisfy ravers and musos alike. This is the sound of Spanish D&B representing, and you know there's more where that came from.


Gradual - Ragnarok EP








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