Moving into the orchestral power hitting sounds with a life that invites the imagination to move beyond dream state... This is the direction.
https://www.tradebit.com REVIEW April 27, 2004
Gordon McGhie - ''Splinter''
This album''s main purpose is to showcase Gordon''s talent for soundtracks - namely for movies based in or around the horror and sci-fi genres. However he is so talented that ''Splinter'' is actually just as good a standalone record. Easily excelling the current crop of watered down and repetitive dance/electronic music on the market. Tracks like; ''Reactor Meltdown'' build tension with an industrial but organic presence whereas; ''Abyss'' & ''Black Edge'' pulse along sampled beats to create a fast paced excitement you would expect to find in movies like; Star Wars or Starship Troopers.
It is not until the record develops as it nears it''s first quarter that Gordon shows his funky side. ''China'' showcases a tribal nature with strong drumming, a fuzzy bass line and catchy grunts and whoops. There is a sense of fun from this point on that adds a deeper layer to the album. The upbeat ''Eurodance'' is aptly named and presents a clever, if slightly repetitive use of the ''Euro'' style. That said in the bridges it works well, feeling almost like a parody.''Matrix Splinter'' comes across as rather jumbled and it''s industrial tendencies don''t work on either the serious or comic levels that they do on; ''Madmen''
With the dangerous and exhilarating; ''Kung Fu Master'' Gordon delivers a song that could easily have been crafted by the Prodigy or dare I say it; Frankie Goes To Hollywood'' - especially in the choruses.
''Splinter'' is a must for fans of electronic music, action/sci-fimovies and a good sense of humour. It is a record that is not only really smart but also
slick and well thought out: Delivering on many levels including; fun edginess and diversity.
Standout Tracks: ''China'' & ''Kung Fu Master''.
Reviewer: Liam Thomson
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