Equipped with a frightening and impressive array of primitive instrumentation pulled from junkyards and scrap metal heaps, this Portuguese outfit has delivered an astounding formal debut – a heady mixture of truly old school industrial in the vein of Einsturzende Neubauten, Test Dept , and S.P.K , and the grinding, bass heavy dirge of vintage Swans and Godflesh . These are anthems to the past, but geared towards an apocalyptic and bleak future… a form of counter-culture using what is most evident in modern western society: the debris, the abandoned objects, the waste, the noise, and the interference.
With a solid foundation of rusty, oil drenched percussion, Sektor 304 adds layer upon layer of squalling industrial clangor, hammering metallic noise, grimy atmospheres, heaving masses of haunted factory drones, and threatening tribal batter, with a strong and commanding vocal presence. The sound here is almost physical in nature – provocative, persistent, and demanding. No one is doing what Sektor 304 is doing right now. Anyone into TRUE industrial (and that includes not just the aformentioned old guard, but also things like Strom.ec , Militia, Negru Voda , and Knifeladder ) really should not miss out.
"The new album from Sektor 304 is probably the heaviest thing that the label has ever done; blending crushing mechanized rhythms, dubbed-out percussion, and pummeling old-school industrial clang with bursts of caustic electronic filth, creepy samples that evoke scenes of dystopian unease and endless urban squalor, super-distorted synths, tribal drum loops, and sinister dark ambience, Sektor 304 comes across like a patchwork nightmare of Godflesh/Swans-esque dirge, third world urban delirium, the industrial sounds of Test Dept/SPK, and sprawling dronescapes. It's a fearsome brand of industrial heaviness" Crucial Blast
"Frigid synthetic unmelodies collide with industrial-sized caustic noise and abrasive metal clanks and clicks forge the audible nightmare that is “Soul Cleansing”. Sektor 304 is industrial in the vein of early era Einsturzende Neubauten, Godflesh, and Clock DVA (Jeffrey Dahmer’s favorite band). Noise and apocalypse never sounded so uninviting and yet so seductive. Atmospheric blends of soundscapes with percussion that hammers away at your eardrums, tantalizing your soul. If Sektor 304 sounds like a nightmare factory that’s because it is – this assembly line is one that builds the robots of the future that take over Earth and obliterate Mankind. " Editors Pick - Smother.Net
"... this disc is in my Top 5 for 2009. For fans of real Industrial music, this is absolutely a must own. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a Malignant release I didn’t like, but this one has set the bar amazingly high. And I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this project." Plaguehaus.com
"...a brilliant release" Side-line.com