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Pressures Collide

[ 30th Anniversary Deluxe ]

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Q: How is this 2024 remaster different from previous versions?

A: Hit play, and it is immediately noticeable that there is a clarity, depth, and cohesion to the overall mix, that simply did not exist before. The drums and bass are noticeably fatter and punchier. The guitars are thicker and warmer. And the urgency of the vocals is fully captured, without compromise. In retrospect, all previous releases were merely rehearsals for the 2024 remasters.

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Details:

Recorded 1992-93. Originally released as the Bitter Alloys EP (1993) and Pressures Collide (1994). All tracks from those releases are included here, in a unique expanded setlist. This 29-track collection was remastered exclusively from our original tapes in 2024.

Includes two versions of the entire album and accompanying EP. Tracks 1-14 are brand new “V3” (or, “version 3”) mixes, while tracks 16-29 present newly restored versions of the original 1993 mixes. In between these sets is the ambient concert intro montage “Into The Ether” (circa 1993).

 The “V3” mixes are drawn from the same original multitrack tapes as the originals, but with a vastly improved presentation of the vocals. These mixes do not include any newly recorded overdubs, or any treatments that would not have been available when the original tracks were laid down. They are true to the source material, but they project, like never before, the full intensity of the recordings.

Let’s take a look back 25 years to understand why these new mixes were done.

By the early 90s, there were countless industrial, and industrial-inspired, bands on the scene. Many, if not most, shared a sameness in the way their vocals were recorded and mixed. It was the distortion-box/walkie-talkie sound. Just a couple of years earlier, that overdriven aesthetic still seemed exciting (especially when it was delivered by the bands that helped pioneer the technique). But by about ’92, it had been played out, often sounding stale and clichéd.

When we entered the studio in the fall of that year, we aimed to create an album that was more distinctive than our first. The material that we brought in had been painstakingly assembled in advance, and we felt that our latest ideas (instrumentation, arrangements, lyrics, and sound-sculpting) demonstrated a significant progression from our debut. The intention was to create less of a genre release, and more of a DHI album.

But there was a question hanging over the sessions that would not be easily solved: If we — an industrial band — were not going to bury our vocals under a layer of distortion, then what, exactly, should the approach be? What treatment would do justice to the energy that was recorded in the vocal booth?

DHI was still a young band at this stage. Still in our early twenties, and operating within the tightest of indie budgets. Needless to say, there wouldn’t be a big name producer on staff to help expand upon our new, and more dynamic, vocal executions. Working with such limited resources also meant that there was barely any time to experiment in the studio. Once our live performances were recorded, gears needed to shift directly into mixdown sessions. The clock was ticking. And once a mix was done, it was done. There was no revisiting a “file” the next day to flesh things out further. After all, these sessions were done during a time when mutlitrack hard drive recording was a rare, and costly, endeavour. The DHI tracks were tape recordings, mixed in single overnight sessions. After a mixdown reached a bleary-eyed conclusion at about 5 a.m., the board was wiped clean for the next band’s session a few hours later.

In the end, we felt we had an album that was more sophisticated and thematically deeper than our first. But the absence of a proper budget left several tracks sounding somewhat unfinished, and not entirely representative of the power that we were capable of.

With the completion of this remaster, all of that has changed.

Beginning in 2023, we once again unearthed our cache of multitrack tapes from three decades previous. Hitting the play button on the isolated vocal performances was something of a revelation: throughout all of the songs, the energy and sense of commitment was palpable. But at the same time, it was clear that not enough of that vitality was preserved, or amplified, during the time-restricted mixdowns of 1993.

This was a score that needed to be settled. With the multitracks back in hand, the mixing desk was fired up once again, and now Pressures Collide is finally the album that it could have been the first time around.

Turn. It. Up.

REVIEWS:

“DHI work with a mesh of samples, savage guitars, and electronic arrangements that are reminiscent of early Fad Gadget… DHI has a willingness to experiment, take a few risks and damn the consequences.”
— Alternative Press (1994 review of original album)

“It’s interesting to see how an album can remain very efficient 25 years after its original release. The new mastering has for sure empowered the original work, which will appeal to crossover fans… a real good opportunity to rediscover a somewhat forgotten formation from the Canadian EBM/industrial scene.”
— Side-Line Magazine (2020 review of earlier remaster)

Tracklisting:

  1. Ninety-Nine Realities (Version 1 – Mix V3)
  2. Rage (Mix V3)
  3. Red Carnival (Claustrophonic – Mix V3)
  4. Any Power (Mix V3)
  5. Pain And Courage (Mix V3)
  6. The Aftershock (Mix V3)
  7. Catastrophe (Mix V3)
  8. Exanthem (Mix V3)
  9. Undercurrent (Mix V3)
  10. Black Hour (Mix V3)
  11. Ninety-Nine Realities (Infinite – Mix V3)
  12. Rage (Laced With Ice – Mix V3)
  13. Red Carnival (Mix V3)
  14. Underdub (Mix V3)
  15. Into The Ether (Mix Restored)
  16. Ninety-Nine Realities (Version 1 – 1993 Mix Restored)
  17. Rage (1993 Mix Restored)
  18. Red Carnival (Claustrophonic – 1993 Mix Restored)
  19. Any Power (1993 Mix Restored)
  20. Pain And Courage (Alternate – 1993 Mix Restored)
  21. The Aftershock (1993 Mix Restored)
  22. Catastrophe (1993 Mix Restored)
  23. Exanthem (1993 Mix Restored)
  24. Undercurrent (1993 Mix Restored)
  25. Black Hour (1993 Mix Restored)
  26. Ninety-Nine Realities (Infinite – 1993 Mix Restored)
  27. Rage (Laced With Ice – 1993 Mix Restored)
  28. Red Carnival (1993 Mix Restored)
  29. Underdub (1993 Mix Restored)

Note: Unlike our previous remasters, the titling of the remixes has been restored to match the original titles from 1993/94 (to avoid confusion).

Credits:

Vicar: vocals, samples, guitars, synths
Nocturne: samples
Graf: samples, airwave appropriation, power tools

Written, performed and produced by DHI.

Engineered and co-produced by Rob Sanzo at Signal To Noise, Toronto, except tracks 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25 which were engineered by Vicar at Scriptorium. Additional mixing by Vicar at Scriptorium IV in 2023/24. Remastered by Vicar at Scriptorium IV in 2023/24.

Remaster released April 29, 2024

Originally released April 7, 1994

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