Bad Blood

Bad Blood

by Ice
     
 

By the time Ice had reconstituted, Martin and Broadrick's ear had taken in hip-hop as a key influence, resulting in a slew of guest MCs taking a bow throughout Bad Blood. Not every vocalist comes from that particular background, it should be noted; indeed, on half the tracks none other than Einsturzende Neubaten's Blixa Bargeld participates! Martin's expected…  See more details below

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By the time Ice had reconstituted, Martin and Broadrick's ear had taken in hip-hop as a key influence, resulting in a slew of guest MCs taking a bow throughout Bad Blood. Not every vocalist comes from that particular background, it should be noted; indeed, on half the tracks none other than Einsturzende Neubaten's Blixa Bargeld participates! Martin's expected roaring isn't present much here -- there's little distortion or stretched out syllables, while a spoken/sung style often takes the fore, cutting in, out and around the guest turns. Tricky if anything is the role model for Martin, at least to an extent. DJ Vadim crops up on two tracks as well, while Scott Harding contributes beats and loops throughout, but for all the various cameos the core of Ice remains remarkably stable. If there's a musical change, though, it's stripping back Broadrick's punishing guitars in favor of the rasped and whispered singing and MC work. Rather than blaring like a monster, Broadrick keeps the same slow drone pace on his chosen instrument but buries and echoes it heavily, lurking like a threat rather than just plain rampaging. The end result sounds a bit like Ice-goes-trip-hop, for better or worse, specifically in the Massive Attack vein of looming, unsettled doom, though without the weirdly pretty and human edge that leavens the Bristol collective's work. The downside is that there's not really much variety on Bad Blood; distorted crunches and beats mixed with slightly cleaner percussion, interwoven vocals calling for any number of potential apocalypses, random off-kilter samples from who knows where treated with dub echo. However, the lack of variety on Under the Skin wasn't a real problem, and, to their credit, Martin and Broadrick aren't simply repeating that album here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Reprise / Ada
UPC:
0093624706823
catalogNumber:
47068
Rank:
143423

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ice   Primary Artist
Blixa Bargeld   Vocals
Scott Harding   Sampling,Drum Loop
Justin Broadrick   Guitar
DJ Vadim   scratching
Dave Cochrane   Bass
Lou Ciccotelli   Percussion,Drums
Sensational   Rap
Sebastian Laws   Vocals
Toastie Tailor   Rap
El-P   Rap
Syde   Rap,Echo
A-Syde-Echo Chamber   Rap
Kevin Martin   Synthesizer,Saxophone,Turntables,Vocals

Technical Credits

Scott Harding   drum programming
Simon Heyworth   Mastering
Alex Buess   Engineer
Pathological Puppy   Artwork
Kevin Martin   Producer

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