It’s a matter of common knowledge that the infamous Manhattan project was the USA’s endeavor to produce the atomic bomb for use in World War 2. In combination with the stunning cover artwork, it is clear that Carnage & Cluster use a political concept as background for their 4th (but 1st “proper”) album. Musically, it’s a tight-fisted, somehow genre-defying, yet totally coherent unity of 10 hardcore tracks with a strong experimental flavor.
Only the intro of “Democracy = Autocracy” seems a bit easier on the listener, before the rhythmic onslaught breaks through the atmospheric backdrop, “Worldwide Corruption” drops a blunt criticism at the political and bureaucratic establishment (and more punching beats), while “Puppet Masters” is midtempo, charged industrial style. Then “Oppressed Masses” and “World Riot” add some timeless 808 flavor, before the collaboration track “Rude Mechanicals” with The Relic even exceeds the previous tracks in harshness. Equally sturdy is Carnage & Cluster’s remix of a DJ Niel track, which fits in seamlessly here, and “A-Bomb”, “No World Order” and “Marching Out” show neither dwindling in force nor mercy with the faint of heart, propelling “The Manhattan Project” into rhythmic contortion.
“The Manhattan Project” is thus an album in its true sense, not a collection of tracks, but a breathtaking entity, political in its statement and progressive in sound – yet surely not the slightest bit pretentious. Clocking in at a classic 45 minutes, this is an album for the discerning listener to indulge in.