Label
Mute U.S.
Release date
6 Oct 1992
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
71:22

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pot Sounds 2:07 9,546
2 Mindstream 4:52 9,778
3 Drop 3:41 5,738
4 Original Control (Version 1) 5:22 2,948
5 Your Mind Belongs to the State 5:03 4,940
6 Circles 4:15 5,063
7 The Sphere 0:38 5,043
8 Brainwashed This Way / Zombie / That Shirt 5:31 844
9 Original Control (Version 2) 5:22 2,625
10 Euthanasia 4:33 4,584
11 Edge of No Control (Part 1) 5:59 1,076
12 Edge of No Control (Part 2) 3:15 1,073
13 Untold Stories 1:50 4,143
14 Son of Sam 4:49 3,963
15 Track 15 1:27 571
16 Placebo 5:03 5,383
Brainwashed This Way/Zombie/That Shirt 5:29 1,497
Potsounds 2:06 1,185

About this album

A Meat Beat Manifesto album is a special thing, since it usually manages to encompass the styles of other acts while still having a distinct voice of its own. Satyricon features the sample-trippy goofiness of the Orb, the sharp, rock-flavored house of the Chemical Brothers, the streamlined trance of Orbital, and the well-oiled angst of Nine Inch Nails, and that’s just for starters. Long-term frontman Jack Dangers truly has a producer’s ear, which gives his blend of dance music a considerable advantage: he takes a musician’s approach into a programmer’s territory, and his use of vocals actually upgrades a song’s impact rather than diminishes it. There’s more song structure here than in any of the aforementioned acts, making this something like a pop group for sworn enemies of the genre. The infectious electronica and obscure samples create an almost constant (and successful) tension between groove and anxiety, between clubber’s abandon and confused introspection. Musical partner Jonny Stephens takes on an almost equal workload as producer/engineer/mixer and multi-instrumentalist, and his lap steel guitar contributions add a wonderfully bizarre layer to the album (comparable to the pairing of Luke Vibert and BJ Cole). Songs like “Mindstream” and “Edge of No Control Pt.

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