As Frankie Bones' younger brother, Adam X often spent much of the time in the shadows of his sibling, calmly and patiently waiting for his turn on the decks and quietly honing productions skills in the studio. With Fate Unknown, he branches out and unleashes a veritable tour de force of electronics over the span of two discs. Stylistically it's quite the change for Adam, as he reaches back and creates an industrial album that's punchy and confrontational like some of the industrial records of the early '90s. Most of this works well, except when he attempts to sing, especially on "Media Lies," where he comes across as a third-rate Nicola Kuperus impersonator. The good intentions are there, but the result sounds like something that would be featured in the soundtrack to a bad science-fiction movie starring Vin Diesel. But Adam redeems himself later in the record with tracks like "Digital Eyes," an acid techno track done up in the style of classic Sonic Grooves and some of Underground Resistance's early catalog moments. Adam also pays homage to the early Detroit-techno rave scene on "Packard Plant," a popular spot for warehouse parties in Detroit during the '90s. At two discs in length it's excessive but ambitious, and it most likely could have been trimmed to make a very good single disc.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston
Track Listing - Disc 1
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