Artist: Mentallo & the Fixer
Album: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Mentallo & the Fixer, named after the comic book characters of the same name, is for many considered a legend. The brothers Dassing got their start in the hill country of
The digital download version of this album doesn’t include artwork unfortunately, though the mp3’s are all very well labeled. The hard copy version on the other hand is very professionally done from artwork to credits. I highly recommend getting this on CD if you can find it!
It’s fun to listen to this album nowadays! It’s not as aggressive as Revelations 23, but it’s still pretty agro in contrast to modern industrial. Where Angels Fear to Tread is still very dark and meticulously crafted after all these years. The combination of crazy sample mutilation and somewhat simplistic rhythms makes it hard to resist the urge to at the very least nod your head in time with the music. This album is riddled with many modern day dancefloor classics including Sacrilege which made a reemergence on the Return to Grimpen Ward Album.
As far as production goes, it still holds its own against modern digital recordings. The tape recording shines and adds a nice compressed warmth to the low end without becoming overbearing with noise. At times, the treble can be a little harsh and the low end could use a boost here and there, but otherwise, it’s pleasant to listen to.
Artistic Merit: 10/10
Just to cut this section short and not rub the artist factor in, Mentallo created new ground for many an artist of the time and in my opinion, industrial acts these days need to go back and listen to this so that they can understand how far they’ve veered away from the original vision of dark electronic and EBM.
It’s an awesome album. It flows as one cohesive unit and on the digital release even includes the remake of Sacrilege as included on Return to Grimpen Ward.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Just to reiterate, I seriously think that modern musicians need to go back and listen to this. So much is missing from modern music and Where Angels Fear to Tread is the embodiment of a far better era in electronic music. It does indeed stand the test of time and is just as new and innovative in contrast to newer music as it was back in the 90’s. This is a classic album and deserves to be listened to and absorbed again!