The intent of this mix was to capture the intensity and presence of Bombardier's live performances and the vocals that accompany, push, and alter his mixes. "Bombardier Live" includes recordings from the Safety in Numbers Festival in New York at Tonic in 2001, and the TRUST Festival in Northern California in 2002.
300mph beat-driven rage. A document of a performance at the New York SIN Festival in 2001, Bombardier Live showcases Bombardier at his most intense and downright punishing - the photograph on the front cover capturing that feeling perfectly, showing Snell sweating over his Fostex and letting out an almighty primal scream. It's a wild ride - so hold on tight.
Slowly and steadily, the incessant kicks are brought in and raised through allegro stabbing passages, accented with overdriven synths, to chaotic refrains of noise and bass and ultimately crescendoing to pummelling stretches of gabber and breakcore madness. He gets into his trademark adrenaline grooves, fixing us to the spot with the sheer concentration of the beats.
Bombardier gives the screw another twist and gives the set a lethal injection of guitar samples and roaring live vocals. At this point he reaches the same heights as fellow beats 'n' samples mangler Sonic Dragolgo, where often it becomes too much to follow what he is doing and we are resigned to staring open-jawed at the speakers, totally overpowered by the music.
This is an absolute stormer of a mix that I can't get enough of lately. I find it impossible to fault the performance on here, as it flows so superbly from near silence to all-out chaos, turning up our adrenaline levels with it. If there is a flaw in the mix, it is in the fact that no home stereo can ever recreate the experience of having these enormous beats crashing through a 20k PA at a club. If ever there was an advert to see this act live, this mix is it. Simply put - it rocks.
-Gavin Lees (Immanence)
A great spooky intro of foreboding evil, voices, and a nervous 909 hardcore beat. "No signs of resistance." This never stays in one place too long with great change ups in beat patterns. Bombardier gives you a touch of breathing room before banging it out again.
-Linda Leigh (Technotica)
"Bombardier Live" is the most energetic representation of Bombardier's breakcore. No cliches are left out as the listener sonically overdoses on industrial doom. It's amazing that Bombardier mixed all this live and still found the time to roar some shouts into the mic. Completely mindblowing and the most car-bangable fun mix.
-Sean/Noizepug73 (Damaging Noise zine)
A live CD from Bombardier releases on Low Res Records. This was recorded at the SIN Festival, Tonic NYC August 2001. This set is a mixture of 4/4 hardcore and darkstep breaks. It is very noisy, very dirty and very loud. If you put this on a good system and crank it up you can get a reasonable representation of how Jason sounds live. The only thing you would lack is seeing the energy he performs with when he screams on the microphone. For a live set it is great. The one thing I love about the cover is the picture of Bombardier screaming into the microphone. Knowing he is a Minor Threat fan, I look and see this picture. If you shaved his head, it looks no different then one of the famous images of Ian McKay screaming all bloody at an old school hardcore show back in DC.
-Robert Skinner (Black Monolith)
Bombardier's music has become a synonym for a very particular brand of hardcore techno, which he defines with a specific shade with each of his projects. While more and more electronic concerts I see are basically one guy sitting behind a laptop, it would appear that this is far from being what you get at a Bombardier concert, judging from the photo showing Jason Snell screaming and sweating on the cover of this release. And indeed, here is not music to sit and sip a cocktail to. Past the intro, what we get here is hard, bouncing and pounding beats mixed with Bombardier's personal brand of distorted samples, sweeping tones and long build up.
-Nicolas Chevreux (Ad Noiseam)
Gritty, textured, growling, badass.