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Iron is one of COH's most accomplished albums. The dedication to "heavy metal fans all over the world" and the title would be indications of the sound sources -- they sure don't relate to the music. Ivan Pavlov (the artist behind COH) works with electronics in a vein similar to Christian Fennesz, creating beats out of clicks and blips, soundscapes out of buzzes -- music out of noise and at times noise out of noise. Somewhere between audio art and techno, the pieces on Iron are full of surprises (try not to laugh when listening to "Waltz Nuevo No. 2," an actual waltz). This music is engaging, genre-defining, and mindblowing. The aforementioned references to heavy metal will keep you guessing about the composing techniques applied, as will the twisted song titles ("Love Mites" and "Rubbing Free" are two examples). Thanks to conciseness (no song goes over six-and-a-half minutes) and the fact that a steady beat is never far away, Iron remains surprisingly accessible to the casual listener while retaining a cold (metallic) quality. Strangely beautiful. Recommended.

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