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Classic Album Review: Subzone | Paranoid Landscape

The one-man band shares a wicked chunk of fear & loathing from the darkness.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


If David Lynch and Trent Reznor dropped acid with Roger Waters, turned on the tape deck and started to jam, this grim little souvenir is what they would have ended up with.

Just like the title says, Paranoid Landscape is a wicked chunk of fear and loathing from the darkness within — nine soundscapes of cinematic, post-prog space-rock saturated with ominous bass lines, nerve-jangling guitar jabs, slasher-movie vocal effects and samples, lysergic mind-melting production and an ambience more twisted than your average Marilyn Manson video. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that all this springs from the mind of one man — Andrew Mullen, the multi-instrumentalist and studio whiz behind Subzone. Sometimes it’s just better to leave well enough alone.