Opaq Face Buzz Killed

The Buzz Killed EP shows a tenfold improvement beat-wise from Opaq Face’s 2004 EP Close Enough. Where the latter opens with a straight-up, boring trance pulse, Buzz Killed takes more of an industrial edge, drawing the melodic sequencing away from the Euro-club flavour that so soured songs like "Am I” on Close Enough, bringing the project a little further out of the ’80s. The effect shows right away, with a reasonably cool synth bridge on the opening title track. Opaq Face’s most easily recognisable resemblance is to Rammstein, maybe with a little bit of Pop Will Eat Itself in the mix. "Carnyvale Stomp” has fun with wordplay and it’s definitely got staying power if it’s the last thing you’ve listened to. (Independent)