The final Darkside release was an odd one-off, an all-covers single. As with the Lunar Surf disc, guests dropped by -- one "Agent Ugly" on one track and on the other, a slide trombonist and a sequencer/fractal player. As said player was named "Martin" and the track in question was a cover of a song by Martin Rev and Alan Vega -- aka Suicide -- one has to wonder which Martin in particular. The Suicide song chosen, recorded for a tribute album originally and here edited down a bit, is none other than that duo's freakish highpoint, "Frankie Teardrop." The Darkside's take is more conventionally drone and chug than the original, with Bassman's singing fitting that mood instead of trying to recreate Vega's psychotic whisper and scream (and altering the lyrics to talk about Frankie "killing a spaceman" -- makes one wonder what old scores still needed settling!). The A-side, "When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow," was originally done by Australia's Scientists. Reverb and acid burns are cranked up high and the whole thing is one groovy trip, man.
AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett