I finally got my copy of the first disc in the Subconsious Communications “Into the Vault” collection. The first disc of this series features the early work of the band Download, which at the time was comprised of cEvin Key, Phil Western, Dwayne Goettel, and Mark Spybey. These recordings are from 1994-1995, from the period leading up to the recording of their first (and best) album, Furnace until the release of Eyes of Stanley Pain
It is difficult for me to say much about this album that isn’t positive, because so far I really like what I hear. This isn’t surprising, though, because “Furnace” is definately in my top 10 albums. This album also gives me yet another taste of the genius of Dwayne, and makes me lament his death. While there have been quite a few projects taken up by Skinny Puppy members since Dwayne passed away, they all seem to pale in comparison to the work that he had influence on.
This album isn’t as raw as “Furnace”, but has many of the same characteristics. Since the album is comprised of many session jams, it isn’t expected to be as layered as one of Download or Skinny Puppy’s studio albums. Given that, this album brought many smiles to my face as I was listening to it loudly as I cleaned my apartment today. I believe that there are still a few copies of this limited edition disc available, and I fully endorse it’s purchase by fans of Download or those who enjoy more experimental dance music.