Dissecting Table - _Dead Body and Me_
(Daft Records, 1997)
by: Andrew Lewandowski (9 out of 10)
Never ones to remain content with a singular genre, Dissecting Table have modernized their established incorporation of primordial metallic pounding and guttural screams into hallucinogenic soundscapes (see such classic releases as _Zigoku_ or _Between Life and Death_). Now, DT's main composer, Ichiro Tsuji, mutates the conventional sounds of a post-industrial wasteland into an utterly desolate, stoic void replicating the contemporary psyche. Rarely does Tsuji approach conventional music on this album, and his forays into recognizable music is no less nihilistic than his more deconstructive passages; a sudden blast of distorted, high-pitched noise unsettles the idle listener on the second of the four lengthy tracks, "violence of existence", and "sonic body" delineates the antagonism lurking between the emotive self and the industrial culture which annihilates this emotion. The vicious drumming of earlier albums reappears on this track in a more schizophrenic and metallic form. Once combined with distorted wails of despondent agony, "sonic body" exemplifies just that, a "body" within a "sonic", or hyperreal, culture. In fact, this jaded self has no body; severed from his outside shell and thrust inside his skull, the individual stares blankly at his computer screen at 1:15 am, unable to either sleep or feel his fingers typing any of the incoherent sentences of a Dissecting Table review, and sits crystallized within cerebral agony as the subtle dissonance of the finale, "orgasm", confirms his fears.

(article published 14/7/1997)

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