reviewed by: Charlie J.J. Kruger

The horror-noise outfit, PKA is back again. I have always enjoyed this project, and maybe that’s because I have such a soft spot for noise/grating/gring-industrial.

As ever, the new PKA album is cold, mechanical, electronic, sample and processor based, and unflinchingly loud. While I went into this album expecting that, I was surprised by the song lengths and the general composition of this album. Instead of some of the shorter blasts that PKA’s songs usually take form as, this album is full of 4-5 minute slabs of planned out and delicately arranged electronic frenzies. Flowing and morphing, these songs actually have refrains, choruses, repeated elements, and… almost conventional song structures. I was shocked. And I was pleased.

This is a big evolution in what I have heard from PKA. That isn’t to say that such structure has never existed in the music, that would be foolish to say, but never before have I been able to hear so much of it. There is a more metal-industrial approach to the music this time around. And I am pleased with the results.

I was actually blown away by the composition and use of a lead melody in the track ‘CODE 10-56A’, that I had to listen to the song twice even before going onto the next track. That is one of the most beautiful moments in the entirety of PKA’s recorded output.

If this is the direction that PKA will be going in, I am happy. Horror-noise just got a little more competitive.


reviewed by: Charlie J.J. Kruger

Well, I am accustom to this band’s particular breed of electronic video-game inspired noisey electro nightmare jazz. And really preparing yourself for that is important. If you just throw this album on expecting some fun pumpkin rock, well… you will be confused, annoyed, and probably even shocked. This isn’t… normal. This is an 8bit video-game on steroids, with a whole lot of the occult, a whole lot of distortion, and a little touch of the unexpected.

Everything I have heard from this group is strong, solid soundtrack work. I would play DOOM 95 to this. No question. This is the perfect soundtrack for a late-night round of Hexen. Dark, brooding, beeping, sharp, shrill, blunt, sour, swollen, and furious.

Song lengths on here are a little longer than normal, a few of the songs are pretty beefy chunks of time, but that is a good thing, I feel. It shows that this project isn’t just about ringtone length grooves and frights, but can play in the more 2-3-4 minute range. I am impressed with this difference, and I hope this isn’t the last of the PKA albums to play with longer song lengths.

Recommended for fans of thunderstorms, video-games, and the unexpected.


Well, this is an odd one. Programmed and digitally edited, compressed and distorted, sequenced and chopped up… its like soundtrack music for a video game I have never heard of. Its background noise for the worst moments of your life… themes songs to episodes of ‘Criminal Minds’ that I have never watched… its a spooky album to blast at a Halloween Party after the crowd is tired of listening to The Misfits. This is an album you cant really put on to groove along to… it isn’t something you listen to, to enjoy the day with… its something that creeps in from behind whatever you are doing and warns you of what will happen. This is a soundtrack to something, and holy hell, it is a spooky one. Reviewed by: Charlie J.J. Kruger