Fraud - Hell - Dope

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When the reality of transgenic fruits, vegetables, and cereal hit public opinion in the eye, the name of one company became synonymous with progress or evil, depending on your point of view: Monsanto. The name of the group Moonsanto needs no further explanation, neither does its logo, a spoof of the original's trademark. This Belgian outfit (a quartet of musicians, playing mostly electronics, plus the enigmatic Professor Dr Goodseed) turns the seeds-and-pesticide company into a corporative cult invested (literally!) in a mission to save the world from itself. Its new pesticide, christened Kili, contains a drug that causes brain damage and will turn farmers into obedient robots, a force that will later be used in the cult's plan to take over the world -- nothing less! In the end, "God will be useless" (as stated in "The Seed of Death"). Part B-movie plot, part acid critique on transgenic engineering and propaganda, Fraud - Hell - Dope hits where it hurts: right on the funny bone. Professor Dr Goodseed, the narrator of this sordid tale, sounds like a Dr. Frankenstein who has inhaled too much helium before speaking into a vocoder. The music shifts between weird kitsch, cheap techno, and deep experimental electronica, but it never disconnects from the discourse, providing suitable menacing atmospheres and ludicrous episodes of robotic entertainment. Entertaining and provocative, this album may not survive the polemic it addresses, but in the meantime it makes a very nice listen for the environmentally conscious experimental electro fan. "Dogme 2" and "Dogme 3" had been previously released on the EP Dogme.

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