Nov 2012 05

Needle Factory - JubileeNeedle Factory
Category: Industrial
Album: Jubilee
Stars: 2
Blurb: Takes its cues from the digital hardcore forefathers but doesn’t quite excite in the same, rebellious manner.


With the world reacting to the sociopolitical tumult and deepening economic crisis, it was only a matter of time before music reacted back. The return of Atari Teenage Riot in 2011 with their antiestablishment angst intact could be perceived as such an attempt and the British Needle Factory hopes to stimulate the same intellectual muscle. It’s a shame then that while the message will surely find a fertile ground among the industrial audience, the musical facet of Jubilee is complacently bent on mimicking the style of the digital hardcore masters that has evolved little since ATR’s debut 20 years ago and doesn’t evolve here either.

The predictable and, frankly, obvious deployment of glitch laden, cacophonous pseudo melodies propelled forward by domineering blunt beats goes hand in hand with the distorted recitation of anarchistic slogans. What Jubilee lacks is a creative impulse that would elevate its generic content beyond the affiliation with the creators of antigovernment, electronic hardcore. The more you delve into this release, the more you will wish for radically different ways of expressing the political disdain – in its drive to mimic and instigate, Jubilee simply fails to provide enough entertainment.

The biggest blow will come from the direct comparison of tracks on this EP with virtually anything from the back catalog of German digital hardcore rioters or the solo work of Alec Empire. The simplicity of the material that inspired Needle Factory begins to outshine this contemporary offering instantly and reveals its actual, seemingly nonexistent complexity. The band’s bare and uninspired arrangements are noisy and punk rock dirty, but while musical manifestos like “Start the Riot!” provoked instant physical reactions to their unstoppable tempo, nothing here will compel you in equal measure.

“Shut Up and Riot” comes close to conquering this general absence of genuine originality but ends up content with a stomping but repetitive bass line that muddles such lyrical pearls like, “The queen of England, she never fuckin’ smiles.” But even these initially eloquent snippets of cynical rage lose their impact as Needle Factory begins to unravel itself through predictable, sucker punch jabs at advertisement, as on “All Advertisements are Lies,” and becomes increasingly less focused with each following track.

This brief offering closes with the titular “Jubilee” that stands as proof of the band’s misguided homage. Filled with heavy guitars, subtly manipulated through distorted glitches, and more melodic vocals and kinetically charged via tempo defining percussion, the track hints at the band’s yet untapped potential. Instead of creating a subpar ersatz album, Needle Factory should have flexed its muscle and erect a brand new and original monument to rebellion.

Themes of corruption, deceitful corporatism and anarchic uprising run throughout the EP, binding its content together, while Needle Factory’s obvious admiration for digital hardcore makes up a shallowly attractive, punch in your face aggressive blow on top of the whole explosive package. While initially enticing, Jubilee has no means at it its disposal to sustain the listener’s attention; alas, your mind will inevitably wonder and realize that with little improvement to the existing formula, Needle Factory might have a lot to say but fails to back it up with the quality of the music… at least for now.
Track list:

  1. Shut Up and Riot
  2. All Advertisements are Lies
  3. Bioplasty
  4. Beautufuk
  5. Wirtschafswunder
  6. Jubilee

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Damian Glowinkowski (DamienG)


  1. sarah says:

    for a review that comes a full 6 months after the EP was made this review really isn’t relevant anymore. This EP is the only thing you will find that even comments on the political situation in the UK in 2012.

    Its failing to hit the spot sonically, l agree. But you need to be more on the ball with your reviews and see the relevance of an EP called ‘Jubilee’ when it actually comes out.


    • Ilker Yücel says:

      Thanks for the comment. As I’ve stated time and again, we receive dozens of promos and we only have so many people to write about them. We don’t all get to them as quickly as we’d like, and everybody has different tastes. Another writer might have given it a different ReView. You’re within your rights to disagree with it or to even disregard its relevance since it took us some time to actually get to it. Honestly, at the risk of sounding combative, I’d like to see you try to write a comprehensive ReView of an album when you have at least 10 others to listen to and give the same attention and thought, and do so in the same week or even month that it’s released, all the while maintaining a personal/social life, a dayjob/career, family, etc.
      ReGen’s policy is not to ReView anything older than 12 months… a whole year might seem like too long to assess relevance, but given the speed at which trends and sounds move in these underground/electronic styles, there’s not much chance of things changing so dramatically.
      Again, your comments are appreciated.

    • Damian G. says:

      While I understand the point about the lyrical content being relevant in a specific moment in time I don’t feel that judging the album on this merit alone is justifiable. I did not fail to see this content on ‘Jubilee’, neither did I fail to connect it with riots rolling through the UK while the country was slowly propping for royal festivities. I’ve seen it all and, pardon the pun, smelled the burning rubber while buildings in South London were burning but while I really appreciate your comment I believe that we shouldn’t look at any piece of music with a potential ‘expiry date’ in mind.

      Thank you so much for expressing your concerns.

  2. Darkkitten says:

    Took you long enough to review this , listen to the new album it is amazing , clearly the person reviewing this just wanted to slag it off , why wait so long to review it otherwise … Needle Factory Forever!

    • Ilker Yücel says:

      ReGen receives dozens of promos and we only have a limited number of writers, many of which have other obligations – jobs/careers, families, personal projects, etc. None of us are getting paid for what we do, and if anybody ever wrote a ReView simply for the sake of slagging the album, I wouldn’t have it. I trust my writers to listen with an objective ear, but even so, ReViews are their personal opinions. If you disagree, that’s totally fine – we don’t tell people what to like or what not to. It’s up to the reader to take from the ReView what he/she will.
      Thank you for your comment; it is appreciated.

    • Damian G. says:

      My intention wasn’t to slag it off, let me assure you. I did however draw some strong connections between this release and other similarly themed and similarly conceived albums and my criticism was partially concerned with how this comparison reflects on ‘Jubilee’. Thank you for the comment.

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