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Dissecting Table - All Things In the Universe [Steinklang Industries - 2019]

With over thirty years in the game, Ichiro Tsuji's Dissecting Table unleashes another slab of industrial terror with All Things In the Universe. Leaning more on the loose, noise side than his traditional rhythmic industrial, Tsuji's latest is a bit of a departure from the norm, but is as jarringly comfortable as anything he's released. Coming on Steinklang Industries, All Things In the Universe feels like the start of a new direction for Dissecting Table.

Displayed in five chunks, All Things In the Universe is more open than what one has come to expect from Dissecting Table. Stepping out from the dense, claustrophobic, boiler room explosion styled industrial, Tsuji approaches this album with a maddening, noise frenzied aplomb. While not on the thick, distorted wave of sound level like Incapacitants, Dissecting Table's noise matches his industrial style very well. Constant pulses, lows battling highs,and quick changes in direction all make All Thing In the Universe feel like a noise translation of one of his records. Eschewing flat out harshness for more of a synthetic expression, the album has lots of interesting tone on display, and the layers are constantly moving. That is a constant with Dissecting Table: propulsion. Never one to sit and let the sounds linger, Tsuji forces them to move, grow, and interact. Often times with unexpected results, this puts the listener on edge, allowing the music to sink in even further. Delightfully chaotic but still result focused, All Things In the Universe is a nice branching out of sound for Tsuji, and the coherence shows that it was done for all the right reasons.

Dissecting Table's All Things In the World is an experimental jump into a noisier direction for Ichiro Tsuji. This departure may not be welcome to all fans, but his expression is paramount, and this latest album is another excellent entry into his catalog. It's unsure what's in store for Dissecting Table's next album, but whatever it is, it's sure to be a winner.

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Paul Casey
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