Face Down – The Opiate of the Masses
A mix describing itself as ritual industrial is always going to grab my attention. Yours too I’ll wager.
When it’s populated with the likes of KTL, SPK, Coil, Senking, Ancient Methods, Boyd Rice, Ike Yard, Skinny Puppy, and Cloaks together with artists I’ve never heard before then it slips, casual as you like, to the very top of my to listen pile. The Opiate of the Masses is, simply, a sumptuous deeply atmospheric listen.
It’s unclear just who Face Down is; what I can extrapolate from their SoundCloud page (together with several hours of mixes) is that they are based in Belgium and their shared ‘about’ information reads more like a manifesto:
Face Down is not a VJ nor a DJ. It’s the manifest of a certain aesthetic.
Face Down has been made to soak up your flesh and your brain into the sound of the purest, hardest, heaviest sounds and imagery.
Alienating experiences and mind destructive performances, the aim is to lead you to an alternate and subversive state.
Fighting protocols in order to disturb reality.
In short, this is essential listening.
SPK – In Flagrante Delicto
Coil – Circles of Mania
KTL – Last Spring: A Prequel
Death in June & Les Joyaux de la Princesse – Blood by Despair
Recoil – Stone
Senking – Black Ice
This Quiet Army – The Pacific Theater
SPK – The Doctrine of Eternal Ice
Ancient Methods – First Method
Boyd Rice / Death in June – Are you out there
Schedelvreter – Sounding Heaven
Coil – Cardinal points
Boyd Rice – Assume The Position
Boyd Rice vs Coil – Various Hands
Silver apples – A Pox on You
Ike yard – Mirai
Click click – I Rage I Melt
Pankow – Never thought of consequences
Coil – Penetralia
Danse society – Hurt
Skinny Puppy – Choke
Carlos Peron – Garladinos
Morbus M – Corruption
Vicious Circles – Resistance
Cloaks – Desolate Turves
Test Dept – Statement
Death in June – The Calling