by Darren Bergstein, Muze
Released a year after the massive opus DREAMTIME RETURN came this scintillating slice of prime live Roach. Consisting of just two long tracks, STORMWARNING captures the bravura, danger and power of its album title, as Roach unleashes the sequencer dramas and synthesizer landscapes that were his forté at the commencement of his career. Although seemingly out of place with what he was doing at the time (delving into ambient organica and discovering the sonic treasures left by worldlost tribes), STORMWARNING proves that Roach still relished erecting his tumultuous edifices of sound. Once the heathaze of "Day One" settles in, we're taken into the outer edges of the dryline, as hesitant electronic winds whisper ominously – then sudden gusts erupt through the stillness, and we’re plunged headlong into a weaving mosaic of fiery sequencers that lie at the eye of the storm. Who says that electronic music can only be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home? As Roach's sounds made landfall on this seminal live recording, the only 'noise' remaining was the silence of an audience left virtually breathless.