Alec Empire : London Charing Cross Road Mean Fiddler

...this ever-evolving maverick is ahead of the game...

Alec Empire : London Charing Cross Road Mean Fiddler

It's only right that the electro-noise revolution's


poster boy should kickstart tonight with 'Everything


Starts With A Fuck'. Breaking the land-speed obscenity


record with a splatter of industrial punk, it's


exactly the entrance we expect from Digital


Hardcore impresario Alec Empire.








Not everything else tonight is quite as abrasive, however:


after all, Empire's last album, 'Intelligence And Sacrifice',


even contained some memorable tunes. And if that album was


his unashamed stab at rockist commercialism then this gig -


albeit in ear-bleeding style - follows suit. Yet when he's


surfing the industrial/nu-metal explosion of 'The Ride' and


'Killing Machine', it becomes clear that these chaotic


sprawls are really just a ploy for luring kids away from


Fred Durst's influence. Because, in the brazen Iggy Pop/Robert


Palmer mix of 'Addicted To You', or the feral punk/techno/metal


car-crash 'Path Of Destruction', there's still enough electronic


trickery, head-fuck noise and street protest lyrics to mean this


ever-evolving maverick is ahead of the game.








Meanwhile outside in Oxford Street they're boarding up the shops before


tomorrow's May Day protests. They're too late.


Alec Empire might now be


aiming at the masses but, in here, the riot's started early.








Jim Alexander

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