His real name might be J-Saul Kane; no one knows for sure. Kane is, however, known to possess multiple bank accounts and aliases. Most commonly known as Depth Charge, he also works under the name Alexander’s Dark Band and seems to reserve the pseudonym The Octagon Man for his most twisted and deranged electro-style operations. The Octagon Man has been under intense surveillance since the “Ito Calculus” incident of 2000, and the extent of his depravity is plain to see in his latest album, “Magneton.” Like his other dastardly intrigues, “Magneton” was hatched from his headquarters, the Iron Monkey Studios, on his home turf of Ladbroke Grove, West London. Despite the presence of the Two Lone Swordsmen and other fellow electro-conspirators in the same city, Kane remains a lone wolf and unique phenomenon, displaying idiosyncratic tactical and stylistic tendencies.
In a typically cryptic statement, the artist announced that DNA patterns of a hamster, recently freed from the laboratories of Magneton Industries, were translated into sound-waves to create this album’s music. This claim is currently under investigation.
The psychotic analog-synth squelches of “Genotype X” open “Magneton,” and the stuttering beats and frenetic keyboard runs draw the tension close to breaking point. Schizoid rhythms propel “Skanning Pattern” along its delirious course, hurling shards of disturbing noise as it whirls onward, while the dubby warmth and bouncy rhythm of “Chromozoid Fly” offer some well-timed respite from the relentless assault. In a rare joint attack, Kane plots with Dutch big-beat meister Eboman to deliver unprecedented chaos. You’re almost thankful for the demented computer-game blips and bleeps of “All the Happy Robots” when the album finally winds down to a spluttering finish. But then you hit the start button again anyway.
Undoubtedly the more fragile members of society need protection from such crazed individuals, and for his own sake too, Kane needs therapy of some kind. (Even his associates and friends are known to admit, “He is not a well man.”) But those with a strong enough constitution for electro-excess are lucky to have lunatics like The Octagon Man lurking in the shadows.
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