Test Dept.

Tactics for Evolution


A departure of sorts for British industrial band Test Dept. Gone is the found object metal percussion and strident political agitprop that made them so famous and controversial – this being a largely instrumental electronica affair. Nice, hip-hoppish, aggro beats throughout. If I didn’t know better, I would’ve suspected the help of Jack Dangers, as the beats are bass-heavy and somewhat edgy. This is also the last proper Test Dept. album (save for a live outing recorded in 1990 that came out in 2002). Although not typical of their total output, this is one of my favorites.

Tactics for Evolution (1997)

1. Enigma of Doctor Dee
2. Unforgiven
3. Voyager
4. Atlantis
5. 2 Ghettos
6. Dark Light
7. Motivation
8. Miotica
9. Vena Cava (Life Blood)
10. Rat


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