Sobaki Tabaka are and have been on the leading edge of the wave in Russian industrial music for over 20 years, and new album XX-XXIV serves as a tribute to their continued relevance and influence. This monolithic compilation is a gigantic double disc release; at 26 tracks and well over two hours long, it runs a gamut of the band’s sounds through the eyes of friends and collaborators.
The songs deconstructed on this release are reinterpreted through a head-spinning variety of genres, from looming spacious atmosphere to head-crushing static demolition to pounding industrial guitar and drum loops. The scope of musicians featured here is another mirror to variety: Khost, Alan Dubin (Khanate) and Gnaw Their Tongues bring their scathing noise sensibilities and caustic vocal performances, while contributors like BKGD Audio and Headscan provide more traditional electronic groove.
This is a unique retrospective of a band that continues to push their sound and drive their genre, with some legendary contributors and intense performances worthy of any music fan’s collection, or someone looking for an overview of industrial music.
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