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Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

Ctrl/Freak: In Retrospect

Reviewed by Ania Glowacz

Ctrl/Freak: In Retrospect

Ctrl/Freak is Richie Bennett, but thanks to the wonders of technology this stunning release sounds like a full-on band, and comes straight for the jugular. As an indication of the sound, vocally and sonically, I’d suggest a hardcore Linkin Park- with no pop elements included. There’s certainly no disrespect in that description. LP are a huge band, and this release sounds big. It’s metal but comes with elements of electronica, prog, wall of sound, a bit of Lamb Of God- nothing naff. While relentless, it’s not at all painful, particularly for metal fans. Through Broken Eyes is a co-write with Kurt Hughes, a guitar solo on Run is credited to Tim Gainsford, and the one on Breaking In to Sharnie Scarborough. Extremely limited production (my copy is 15 of 50), unfortunately there are no recording details provided, but this is the kind of independent music-making that’s to be encouraged.