13Mg - _Trust And Obey_
(Slipdisc, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
From the depths of Chicago's music scene emerges one of the better industrial releases in some time. Not exactly as heavy or chaotic as Ministry or as experimental as NIN, but 13Mg is a truely valuable asset to the industrial music community. With its addictive melodies, multiple samples and drowned out guitar chords dispersed throughout - and of course industrial-tinged numbers - the heaviness of their debut album release _Trust And Obey_ is quite visible. The creation of Howard Beno (producer/mixer for such acts as Monster Voodoo Machine, Skrew, and Jesus And Mary Chain), 13Mg has been a project that has been a haven for musicians to come and go since 1993 until most recently where the line-up was permanently established. The music of 13Mg shifts from goth/industrial styles of songs to dance inspired metal numbers. Varied music here. Superior doses of hefty slabs of mayhem include "Uppercut", first single "Sinister", "Lie In State", and "Too Freaky". Even Filter's programmer Brian Liesgang adds his touch with the album finale "Math". Inventive music that keeps us alert and wanting more from start to finish. Strong debut.

(article published 14/3/1996)


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