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 extremist… 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 extremist… Meat Beat Manifesto Rock
Music Review

99% (1991)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Meat Beat Manifesto; Genre: 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 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 Jan 18, 1991 Published in issue #49 Jan 18, 1991 Order article reprints
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