ILLUSION OF SAFETY – More Violence And Geography

(Die Stadt)

I didn’t expect Die Stadt reissuing this but it’s great having the first IOS album available again in digital format. Originally released in 1988, “More violence” is a classic of cut and paste and the tension one breathes during listening is much amplified if using a high volume playback level. Dan Burke’s tapes, distorted guitars, anguishing use of looped voices and the general nervous feeling of the recordings give you a good idea of life troubles usually hidden behind a glossy way of life, something we occidental are WAY accustomed to by now. Compared to more recent IOS releases, the overall sound is pretty raw – sometimes reminiscent of low-budget cassette projects – but this must not detract from the historical importance of this record. Additional live material and a beautiful ghost track are welcome gifts.


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