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Omega: Alive by Robert Hood
Released: Jun 2011
Label: M-Plant
Call it the Robocop effect, but sci-fi has a tenacious grasp on the imaginations behind Detroit techno. In 2010, Robert Hood paid tribute to a 1971 Charlton Heston classic with Omega, an album that conjured urban apocalypse in Hood's typically brooding, relentless strokes. Omega: Alive remixes that album's elements for live performance, folding in other tracks from his discography that suit the mood. His only conceptual misstep is his precision: The end of humankind will surely be far messier than Hood's surgical patterns allow. We should be so lucky to go down this elegantly.
Philip Sherburne