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Devious Methods

Hive Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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1. Weapons Of Mass Destruction
2. Ultrasonic Sound
3. Questionable Directions
4. A Chain Of Prophecies
5. Experiments In Synthetic Rhythm
6. Inside The Hive
7. Sci-Clone
8. Behold A Pale Horse
9. One Way Path
10. Devious Methods
11. Moves Within Time (1st Movement)
12. Moves Within Time (2nd Movement)
13. Moves Within Time (3rd Movement)

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Contemporary beat freaks care little for petty genre boundaries. While anachronistic hip-hop heads are busy keeping it real, their more open-minded dance-music partners are spilling over into new, unexplored territory. Take Los Angeles's Hive, for example. Hive's first album, the independently released Working with Sound, bridged instrumental trip-hop with casual jazz piano licks. Hive's even more at home on Devious Methods, the follow-up LP. Here, the beats come harder and faster and dip into aggressive ambient sounds and hardstep drum & bass, bringing along some angry guitars and a whole slew of voice-overs for the loud and bumpy ride. Unafraid to road-test new combinations, Hive plants flags for himself as a leading pioneer of the ever-expanding U.S. electronic scene. --Jon Caramanica

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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Hiveness - U.S. DnB King June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great major release by the dreadlocked, LA hiphop and drum and bass producer/DJ/label runner (Violence Recordings) -- Hive.
Devious Method is more of a drum-centered album (with very fast, technical drum patterns), instead of a bass-focused album.
The album, also, utilizes a lot of guitar and vocal samples, and some synths.
It is also cool because there are a couple of samples from the classic, old scifi movie - Flash Gordon.
Of course, most people have heard of DJ Hive through his track (on this album) "Ultrasonic Sound", which was on the first Matrix soundtrack and was used as the music for the Fox Channel's Sunday football broadcasts. (That seemed really weird.)

Also, the artwork is done by the famous graffiti artist Mear One, who has also done the artwork for artist like Freestyle Fellowship, Limp Bizkit (:( ), Busdriver, Abstract Rude, etc.
I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys technical drumming in thier DnB.
And I would encourage anyone, who likes this album and ownes a turntable to check out some of his other material at his record label's website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER GRIMEY D-N-B BREAKBEATS May 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like: realistic sounding snares, jazzy backbeats, upbeat tempos, distortion, witty vocal samples, dark melodies, hip-hop, drum-n-bass, hardcore, industrial, trip hop, and electronica. I hate: happy music, poppy hooks, country & western, stupid lyrics, love songs, R&B, Kid Rock, and "Dubya". I make beats and write ryhmes, engineer tracks, work with other engineers, program beats with a band, perform with all these beats regularly, etc. So, my point is that Hive is no joke. He is not to be underestimated by any means. He's a dangerous phsycopathic drum murderer. I kid you not when I say that he will split your mortal corpse in two with split second beat changes while slowly injecting you with the ghost serum. Do not tamper with this if your are planning on taking a danty waltz through the feilds of PLUR-ness. This is not happy music. You could play this at a rap party, a rock party, a sick rave, a goth party, or even over a violent game of shuffle board. However, I want to warn you: Don't expect the rock guitars of Ultrasonic Sound to resurface anywhere in this album because that was just one idea he had. You can however expect hardcore drum-n-bass with gritty break beats mixed in, and a constant reoccurance of theme-oriented vocal samples (many from Flash Gordan). Bottom line: putting down the paxil + picking up Devious Methods = you getting a life!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars and 1/2 Stars. Quite Good. Nov. 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
When I first began listening to "electronic" music, I really liked industrial music back in the mid-80's listening to groups like Ministry, Skinny Puppy, and EARLY Meat Beat Manifesto among other groups. By the mid 90's, industrial music was either guitar heavy and absorbed into metal, or it was techno heavy and was absorbed into, well, techno in the broadest sense of the term. Later, I discovered Drum-n-Bass through Dieselboy's CD's of remixes, also known as tech-step, and Amon Tobin. After listening to this CD, I think that Hive is more like Amon Tobin in that he likes to layer the drum beats and gives most of the songs a rich layering of beats. Yet he also incorporates the heavy bass and beats of tech-step without the frenzied and high BPM. I particularly liked the first two tracks, as well as One Way Path and Devious Methods. Read the editorial reviews as well. I think they are pretty accurate in describing the music. If you like Amon Tobin, you will definately like this, and if you're a tech-stepper you'll probably like the heavy beats and aggressive sound too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work! July 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are tired of lame techno that sounds exactly the same from start to finish and you are looking for something DIFFERENT, this cd is for you. The whole album follows a dark theme about another planet taking over the galaxy, which works very well with this style of music. You learn this by listening to the very first track, which pulls you in for a real trip through this cd. DJ Hive has a unique style of mixing his music. Instead of just relying on synthesizers and computers, he uses turntables and samples from his '60s and '70s record collection. This is a very hard method to use because it takes skill and alot of time, but gives the music alot more depth. I'll go ahead and tell you, if you like techno (specifically "drum and bass") You will LOVE this cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultrasonic Sounds Feb. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
The album 'Devious Methods' by California's "Hive" is an amazingly complex album. It creates a swirling frantic atmosphere that you don't want to leave until the cd is over. He uses samples that defy conventional drum and bass (like using sampled guitars from Bad Brains "Re-ignition" on the Song 'Ultrasonic Sound' and using quotes from the movie "Cheech and Chong - Up in smoke" on the song Devious Methods. This is one drum and bass album that never gets repetitive, and you can listen to it over and over. It is a solid album from an amazing new drum and bass talent, content in his own loud, frantic electronic world. Buy this cd if you like Meat beat manifesto, photek, or even the Juno Reactor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the more i listen, the more i like... April 1 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well I'm sitting here listening to this cd at work and wanted to chime in...this is really a dope cd, for drum n bass fans its a different take on the genre, i would say a truly "american" drum n bass style, very unique! lots of hip hop touches, samples that make you laugh out loud (and think), and a (punk) rock edge as well. The drum tracks could be "heavier", but the whole thing has a coherent "feel" that is truly lacking in 99% of the electronic "albums", i.e. entire cd's by 1 artist usually come up short, a collection of singles at best-whereas this one is solid all the way through. the more i listen the more i appreciate. so buy it then!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hive is amazing.
I am not much a techno (or whatever you want to call it) person, but I absolutely love Hive. After getting the Matrix soundtrack, I thought Ultrasonic Sound was just the most... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Published on March 27 2002 by John L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain NASTY!!!
Look.... You owe to to yourself to check this cd. Its got wicked beats and dark powerful sound patterns. Even got a method man sample on a song thats off the meat rack. Read more
Published on March 19 2002 by Anuro3
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
If you are into "dark" drum&bass, this is your album. There is incredible variation between the songs, so that the CD as a whole is not monotonous but still has a... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2001 by Aaron P. Krowne
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I wish I had a shirt that looks like this album sounds. I wish I had sentences that are constructed like this albums sounds. I wish my world acted like this album sounds. Read more
Published on July 26 2001 by C. Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Hive's Devious Methods Assaults My Mind
This is some of the best ORIGINAL Drum N Bass I have heard in a long time. I listen to Drum N Bass more than any other type of music and this CD is at the top of my playlist. Read more
Published on May 15 2001 by Phillip Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars by far one of the best drum n bass albums I have heard.
I purchased this album four months ago after hearing his new mix tape (sick). It has not left my stereo yet. Read more
Published on July 17 2000 by eSTRANgED
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here
A friend popped in this album, telling me it was a "must listen." "Ulrasonic Sound" certainly has a catchy beat, mainly because it's Bad Brains'... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2000 by Fart Knocker
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