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The Algorithm: Brute Force

Album Review

France’s electro-tech titans get seriously heavy

Metal’s fractious relationship with electronic music was only ever going to become stronger with time and technology’s inexorable march.

Custom-designed to straddle the genres with conviction, The Algorithm have generally represented the moment where the two genres blur into one bludgeoning, digitised whole, but there was a sense that 2014’s OCTOPUS4 album strayed too far into experimental realms and simply wasn’t heavy or metal enough. Brute Force states its intentions from its title downwards; this is a predominantly brutal and joyously metallic third chapter in Rémi Gallego’s genre-shattering story, with juddering riffs underpinning the skittering beats and several moments that verge on outright black metal fury.


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