Taking its name from the controversial "morning after pill", RU-486 doesn't fuck around with a Pollyanna outlook. This is the second full length tape that we've picked up from this grim industrial noise outfit (the first being an entry in RRRecords's Recycled Music series), and it continues with more of the dystopian industrial dread and technological nightmare visions that we're coming to expect from 'em. The Iron Empire seems to be a reference to the pervasive steel-and-concrete hellscape that we find ourselves surrounded by on a daily basis, and the material on this tape travels through an assortment of infernal regions that descend deep into technological ruin. Starting with the first track, they unleash massive rumbling bass and huge low-end drones churn beneath sinister spoken word passages and swirling malevolent feedback, the synths scream out unholy choral roars, and the synthesizer drones get so distorted that they feel like crushing metallic guitars. That makes this really heavy, heavier than the previous material that we've heard from RU-486 for sure. The production is thick and murky, the sounds covered in grime and rust, and it's got this definite Cold Mean Industries vibe, except heavier than most of the death industrial you hear on that label.
After that creepy first track, this shifts into violent scrap-metal chaos and writhing low-end feedback squeal and screeching contorted metal, vicious Knurl-like spasms of metallic noise that clot into rapid machine garble, blasting at deafening volume levels like the sound of a city being ripped apart. It moves into vast walls of rumbling distortion and blizzard-blasts of mechanical motor grind, ultra-heavy synth drones surface out of the depths, and there are rare moments of spacious clatter where the cacophony of grinding metal and screaming feedback disappears suddenly and all that’s left are random clanking metal sounds or metallic rattling that last for a moment before being swept back in to the chaos.
It's seriously brutal bass-heavy power electronics/harsh industrial driven by demonic logic. The tape comes in a 7" sized sleeve with black and white inserts and is hand numbered out of one hundred copies.