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The One And Only High And Low

No highs or lows here, then. Not even one.

The One And Only High And Low

4 / 10 It's aggressive, it's visceral - it's really annoying after about ten minutes. If you listen to talk in the right corners, you'll have heard that Digital Hardcore is the sound of young Germany. It's messy and anti-social and its slovenly assimilation of nosebleed techno, industrial stomping and needle mythology has been threatening to make Berlin the cool capital of Europe again.

/img/EC8OR1000.jpg EC8OR are Patric C and Gina V D'Orio who the terminally indie might remember from Teutonic garage shamblers the Lemonbabies. 'The One And Only High And Low' sees them wandering down the same blind alley that led them to their self-titled 1995 DHR debut and 1998's 'World Beaters'.

It's not that EC8OR fail to get anywhere near a tune or even that D'Orio's vocal performance is like having a Pekinese dog yapping in your ear in four nightclubs at once. The more pressing problem is that 'The One And Only High And Low' is so conservative and boring.

Once you've got over the shock that they're loud, badly recorded and keen on shouting, it's apparent EC8OR have no other ideas. They occasionally slow the pace from 999bpm but it doesn't do any good - what should sound like a liberated, free-form, apocalyptic racket just sounds like shiftless indie saddos misusing a sampler.

No highs or lows here, then. Not even one.

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