Since leaving his post as Napalm Death's inhumanly fast drummer, Mick Harris has entrenched himself in a realm of claustrophobic sonics--first with the terror/dub/metal syntheses of Scorn, then as a prolific voyager on the darkest fringes of drum n' bass and concentrated ambience. He has also established the Possible label, in the interest of attracting musicians who share his inclination for cavernous beats and overcast miasmic atmospheres.
Ambush (Glen Eswall) is among those who have been drawn toward Harris' shadows. On RUMOURS, Eswall tears through walls of bleakly melodic black-hole synth and Hoover-phonic bass with acute breakbeats. The snare hits on "Forget It" are keen and forceful, suggesting a crated beast battering against its enclosure with escalating petulance. Paved with relentless wall-to-wall rhythms, RUMOURS offers no escape route. Such titles as "Cornered" and "No Chance" only exacerbate the overwhelming sense of entrapment. Even with the doom and gloom aura, Ambush's rhythmic pummeling is not as unbearable as you might suspect. This flagellation really gets your blood flowing-but stops short of drawing it.