White Moth, ‘White Moth’ (Angel Oven)
Between Atari Teenage Riot’s reunion and M.I.A.’s abrasive moves, 2010 is the biggest year for “digital hardcore” since its mid-’90s heyday. Add to the windfall this reverent take from R. Loren of metal-gazers Pyramids and his all-star lineup of agitators and apoplectics (Lydia Lunch, Dälek, ATR’s Alec Empire). Loren also masterfully channels the snowcapped guitars of black metal, the dreamy churn of Jesu, and the hauntingly dark ambience of Lustmord. But his sputtering breakbeats and spasmodic noise are pure retro cyberpunk splatter.