- It's 80's influence
- Instrumentally Incredibly
- Lack of anything new
The Algorithm’s third studio album “Brute Force” has just received a second follow-up EP, this one titled “Brute Force: Source Code” as a successor to “Brute Force: Overclocked”
Brute Force: Source Code features three new tracks in true Brute Force style and a remix of “Userspace” from the studio album itself. All of Rémi Gallego’s tracks this time are increased in length with the opening track “Runtime” having the shortest length of them all at 3 minutes 43.
“Runtime” starts off the EP with static giving us time to brace ourselves before the very loud and very heavy Djent guitar kicks in, reminding us of the guitar driven sections of the main album. This doesn’t last long, however, as turns completely on it’s head into IDM themed, sampled drums and complex synth rhythms. This is very much a taster track, showing off a bit of everything in store for the rest of the EP. We follow this IDM sequence, while adding a polyrhythmic guitar-line and morphing into an ambient style track straight into another heavy breakdown to finish the song.
Directly from this point we start “Source Code” with a pounding drum and bass opening with very subtle keys building up and up into a crescendo of progressive heaviness, this is exactly the kind of “chorus” you’d expect from The Algorithm, no disappointments here. Our “verse” section here is very synth heavy but the drums here are definitely not sampled, there’s something strange about synthesised melodies with underlying studio drums. We have all of this for the first three to four minutes with a refrain built up of the studio drums and some synth wave backing and from here into what can only be described as “Head banging proggy heaven”. From about 4:30 onward’s the guitar bass and drums are all here in full force as the synth plays some 80’s influence electronica melodies. This is definitely a stand-out part of the EP.
The final track of the EP, “Dynamic Recompilation”, is the longest of all three, clocking in at eight minutes forty-eight (nearly two minutes longer than “Source Code” at seven minutes three seconds). This piece begins in silence building up to what sounds like the beginning of “Source Code” but takes a turn when more instruments and rhythms are added in a seemingly “arc style” composition. The melody here is all synth with a backing rhythm of picked guitar, more and more electronics come into play until what feels like breaking point, where we could normally expect a heavy dubstep beatdown. And then silence, for almost a full five seconds. Suddenly, speaker damagingly deep synth comes into play, this is by far the heaviest sounding section on the EP and from here it only gets heavier, tremolo picked guitar and sampled drums pound away at the speakers all the while the dark and brooding synth melody holds this piece together. What we have here could sound, to some, like a jumbled mess, but the IDM styled beats in the background really push with the bass to keep it all in check. As a grand finale, the tempo steadily increases to glitchy proportions, more than you would expect in a standard drum and bass song, and once again, sudden silence.
Rémi may not have done anything overly exciting or new with this EP, but it’s certainly enough like studio album to earn the name “Brute Force: Source Code”. Fans of the French duo will definitely enjoy this next piece of DLC to tide them over until the next full release, which we’re all expectantly awaiting.