You've Got The Fucking Power
Reviewed by Brock Craft
Wednesday, February 24 1999, 1:17 PM
Digital Hardcore Records first American label sampler opens up with an explosion by Atari Teenage Riot and maintains that intensity almost relentlessly until the very end. The caustic, angry influence of early hardcore infuses nearly all the songs on the album, with only a couple of minimal ambient lulls.
The most refreshing thing about digital hardcore is that the space that used to be occupied by guitars has been usurped by samplers and waveform oscillators. And there can be no mistaking the influences that inspire this vehement onslaught. Its old-school rap and Detroit-era techno influences are pervasive, taken to the punk-rock extreme in a coarse, lo-fi call to arms.
A car crash of angst, digital samples and multi-layered aural graffiti inspire a lust for revolution and, like all hardcore, an overthrow of the status quo. This is music that calls for immediate action and will not take "No" for an answer. If you can watch prime-time television with a straight face, you will not like this album, so go back to sleep. For all of the rest of you who want to grab the fucking power, start here. You won't be sorry.
You've Got The Fucking Power is a Digital Hardcore Records release, http://www.digitalhardcore.com