After the maelstrom of murkiness that is the album's opening gambit, Slater lures the listener into a false sense of calm with ambient noise and a rumbling bass drum, before slowly unleashing the hissing breaks of "Whoodoo." It was Slater's synergy of Detroit techno and breakbeats that first marked him out as a producer to watch in the early '90s, but this time around he's opted for a much more Teutonic set of influences, matching up vicious industrial cacophony with Flügel-esque whirring synths.
Things really kick off with the full-bodied bassline of "Om the Def," a gruff but bouncy roller which is sure to demolish techno audiences across the globe later this year, but some of the album's most interesting moments come with some of Slater's more unorthodox experiments. "Hold It" sees the producer combine the Planetary Assault Systems sound palette with a jacking Chi-house template a la Paul Johnson, whilst the face melting bass onslaught of "Attack of the Mutant Camels" has a futuristic grimey feel that should slot right in next to more punishing dubstep and techno workouts. The only relief from Slater's tenebrous beats comes in the form of penultimate track "Gateway to Minia," and even that reeks of atmospheric eeriness with its tense triplets and twitching micro-percussion. This definitely isn't a record for the more faint-hearted techno fans out there, but that's just one of the reasons that it should be embraced in the current landscape of lighter textures and sounds, especially when it comes to the full-length format.
That said, Temporary Suspension isn't without its faults: album centrepiece "Enter Action" feels relatively stale with its pedestrian gallop and stereotypical buzzes, and the sequencing could've done with a little bit of tightening—especially with album closer "Sticker Men"—which almost seems like an afterthought as its relentlessly charging rhythm appears out of nowhere. However, both of these complaints seem incredibly minor when you think of how this record will be consumed. Techno DJs will get use out of most of these tracks in both peak time and after hours situations, while fans of harder four-to-the-floor sounds will inevitably lap up an entire album of Slater's hypnotic and engaging austerity. Sit back, press play and get ready to enter the dark side.