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99% ''Are you ready to degrade yourself?'' Meat Beat Manifesto asks on their new album, 99%. You'd better be. They subscribe to a growing...99%Rock ''Are you ready to degrade yourself?'' Meat Beat Manifesto asks on their new album, 99%. You'd better be. They subscribe to a growing...1991-01-18
B+

99%

Genre: Rock; Status: In Season

”Are you ready to degrade yourself?” Meat Beat Manifesto asks on their new album, 99%. You’d better be. They subscribe to a growing extremist style known as ”industrial music,” which, broadly speaking, combines the gargantuan beat of a dance club with the wrenching twist of an auto wreck. Groups like Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and Front 242 are the genre’s chief perpetrators. But these dedicated noisemeisters have developed a cruel modus operandi of their own. On their second American album this British band has created a sound that’s at once minimal and overwhelming. Like the most unrelenting house-music groups, they specialize in stark, earsplitting rhythm. The band may add monotonous vocal declamations (suggesting a zombified form of rap) and some ugly keyboard samples, but the center of the sound remains purposely hollow. The point is to infuse the record with a hint of the void. In the process they’ve created dance music thrilling and revolting enough to be ideal for a club at the end of the world. B+

Originally posted January 18 1991 — 12:00 AM EST

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