July 15, 2012
Gatekeeper - 'Exo'
A smash'n'grab album which creates a garish whole
7 / 10 Gatekeeper’s Aaron David Ross and Matthew Arkel crunch elements of ’80s post-industrial dance, horror/sci-fi soundtracks and computer game music into an enjoyably garish whole. This smash’n’grab approach yields some curious echoes: their electro-horror aesthetic is hugely reminiscent of Mark Shreeve, while the metallic percussion of ‘Tree Drum’ recalls Brad Fiedel’s [i]Terminator[/i] soundtracks and ‘Dromos’ sounds a lot like The Prodigy circa ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’. ‘Visitor’ and ‘Re-gen’ alternate between VHS-ident trashiness and widescreen sci-fi grandeur and, just to add to the retro-futurist disorientation, the album comes complete with its own computer game.
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