1/ Echelon - Mama, Papa.
2/ Red Alfa - Terror Vision.
3/ Carbone - The Black Wizards.
4/ Red Alfa - Demons (SkorpZ Remix).
5/ Sophistics - Send Out.
6/ Angelical Mechanical - Lycanthrope.
7/ Exit Point - Mass Produced.
8/ Samhain - The Lucky Ones.
9/ Decibel Lecter - Fire And Brimstone.
10/ Skorpz feat. C4Z (Lost In The Wreckage).
11/ DJ Ruzt - Killing Time.
12/ Alex Dex - Darkness.
13/ Paul Cronin - Destroy Wonderland.
14/ Distrax - Into The Depths Of Darkness
15/ Rig Slutz - Modus Vivendi.
16/ Karmz N Gotcher- Hahaha.
17/ Chris Kaoz - Brain F+ck.
18/ Effekttz - Be Calm.
19/ FiendReflex - I Will Kill You.
20/ ShortBus - Caverns.
21/ Hannibal Selector - Midnight Roller.
22/ Pabba - This Could Scare You.
23/ Pedro Jenko - Afraid Of The Dark.
Something wicked this way comes on this All Hallow's Eve. Red Alfa Records present their brand new compendium of the most filthy and demonic Drum & Bass mutations ever unleashed into the digital music sphere. Gathering together a mammoth selection of underground, D&B mad scientists, the the 23 track 'Halloween Massacre' compilation is destined to terrorise even the most hardcore dancefloors.
Echelon's oppressive bassline driven 'Mama, Papa' sets off the proceedings to a deeply sinister start by fusing stepping breaks onto a creeped-out children's sing-song, closely followed by Red Alfa's sci-fi horror anthem, 'Terror Vison', with it's technoid terror-stabs and warped bass tone.
Carbone then digs out his best sonic torture implements for the brain battering epic, 'The Black Wizards' (watch out for those pummelling breakbeats!!!), before Skorpz goes all Dr Frankenstein on Red Alfa's 'Demons' to create a bleep and 2-step break monster.
Sophistics' 'Send Out' strips things back to the bare bones with his ultra minimal, yet hypnotically lean addition, featuring heavyweight breaks, a trance-inducing synth line and choice snippets of ragga chat, while things go all maniacal on Mechanical Angelical's 'Lycanthrope' with it's frenetically paced percussion and scattershot stab flashes all backed by a haunting, cinematic backing.
Exit Point up next drops murderous, subsonic bass over rapid-fire breakbeat edits and ominous atmospherics with 'Mass Produced' while Samhain reanimates the corpse of classic tech-step, circa 1996-1997 on 'The Lucky Ones' and bolts on some fresh 2015 D&B body parts.
'Fire And Brimstone' from Decibel Lector takes things even further back in time by conjuring up the spirits of oldskool hardcore for a track that gleefully features more stabs than in Michael Myers' entire filmography set to a combination of punishing breaks and bass. Skorpz then presents to us a sleek and ominously atmospheric slice of liquid funk with 'Lost In The Wreckage' featuring the smooth-as-silk, yet razor-sharp vocals of C4Z.
It's 'Killing Time' next courtesy of DJ Ruzt who drops classic reversed-bass 'whoomps' over a stepping breakbeat and death threat vocals, before being joined by Alex Dex's appropriately titled horror-flick sampling, amen break and hardcore kick-drum driven, 'Darkness'.
Paul Cronin doesn't just 'Destroy Wonderland', he positively annihilates it with his tearing, amen fuelled, megaton bomb of a track leaving Distrax to emerge from the devastation with 'Into The Depths Of Darkness', an epic structured, '70's horror flick themed stepper, accentuated with eerie atmospherics and an infectious bassline.
'Modus Vivendi' by the Rig Slutz incorporates massive warped, saw-toothed bass throbs over jittery breaks and menacing pads to create the perfect sense of unease which is then passed over to Karmz & Gotcher who ramp up the sinister atmospherics with creative use of baby cries and chain clanks with 'Hahaha'.
Chris Kaoz f+cks with your brain on, wait for it... 'Brain F+ck', a frantically paced techno-rhythm meets D&B percussion and brain scouring mentasm riff propelled track which would easily give Bad Company UK flashbacks, while Effekttz delivers phatt breaks and moody bass on 'Be Calm', which utilises an obscure vocal sample to great effect. Complex bass patterns emerge on FiendReflex's dark, neuro-funk number, 'I Will Kill You' which offers lashings of deep, cinematic atmosphere.
'Caverns' by ShortBus injects dancehall bass patterns into his scuttling breakbeat driven creation, layering plenty of ominous pads to add to the unease before Hannibal Selector drops thundering jungle breaks and booming subsonic bass on 'Midnight Roller', perfectly blending oldskool and nuskool flavours to great effect.
Pabba's 'This Could Scare You' sets the mood with a noirish piano intro and vintage movie dialogue over an undulating bassline and shuffling breaks giving you the impression of a futuristic soundtrack to a '50's crime flick closely followed by the sinister, chiming tones of Pedro Jenko's 'Afraid Of The Dark' which draws the album to a close in a minimal, darkside funk fashion.
The question is..... do you run in fear from these heavyweight, psychotic monsters on Halloween, or do you run with them? Red Alfa Records 'Halloween Massacre' is available to download from all good digital music stores NOW!!!
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