New music review – Blanck Mass – Silent Treament

Never heard of Blanck Mass before this, although I remember plenty of people getting on my case for not listening to Dumb Flesh, but I love the mix of heavier electronic sounds mixed with the dreamier/ethereal bleeps and bloops that make for an interesting listen.

Well, it makes for interesting multiple listens. It certainly feels like there are a lot of changes in this song that you might not fully appreciate on your first listen through.

Silent Treatment is taken of Blanck Mass‘ new album, World Eater, set to be released on March 3rd 2017 via Sacred Bones.

Check it out.

Review: Code Orange – Forever

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Band: Code Orange
Album: Forever
Genre: Hardcore punk, sludge, metalcore
Social Media: Official site/Facebook/Twitter

Almost done with January and I’ve already got a favourite album for the year. At least, I’ve got a favourite loud/mean sounding album.

Code Orange, formerly known as Code Orange Kids, are a hardcore, experimental, punkish band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and this album is their third, full-length album, Forever.

Forever is, from the beginning, a vicious and aggressive ride that allows a listener few chances to catch their breath, besides maybe one or two points. One such break comes with the third song fourth song on the album, Bleeding In The Blur, which has clean vocals provided by the band’s bassist, Reba Meyers.

This song honestly caught me off guard with it sounding more like an alternative rock song than anything else present on the album. I love the way the song sounds and it offers up a surprising amount of versatility.

The band also brings these strange little editing flourishes into some songs, like stutters and sudden audio stops, and while it is interesting to see the band going for something different, it doesn’t feel necessary. Thankfully, they don’t happen often and when they do, they are brief.

The band also brings these strange little editing flourishes into some songs, like stutters and sudden audio stops, and while it is interesting to see the band going for something different, it doesn’t feel necessary. Thankfully, they don’t happen often and when they do, they are brief.

Speaking of things that may be unnecessary, the last song, dream2, doesn’t really do it for me as a closer. As a stand-alone track, it’s fine, but as a closer, it just shouldn’t be there. Maybe try it as an interlude somewhere in the middle of the track listing.

However, the rest of the album, aside from maybe two other tracks (dream2 and Hurt Goes On), is a complete onslaught of abrasive and girthy punk that proves, the scene still has massive balls. You just need to look for it and looking at Code Orange shows you why this is the band that’s making waves.

The title track, Forever, is brutal,  Just have to know where to finds it. Ugly feels like a grunge throwback until the vocals come in, it’s Code Orange playing with our expectations and it is a blast. You can also hear these expectations challenged in Hurt Goes On.

This album is just a delight, in a sick, twisted way that’ll have you head banging and deciding to just say ‘fuck you to authority, expectations and your dreams.’

Listen to it if you like anything mean, gross, punk, industrial, or sludge sounding.

New Music Review – Bettenhaus Ryne – Calculation​:​twenty​-​three Authority (Single Version)

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Artists: Bettenhaus Ryne
Single: Calculation​:​twenty​-​three Authority
Genre: Synth wave/industrial/glam rock
Social media: Facebook/Bandcamp

Listen:

The neo-80s/synthwave trend has been going around for a few years now to differing levels of success. My main problem with it is that despite some fun sounding synths and punchy percussion, it usually tends to get repetitive rather sharpish. Which is why I can’t stand listening to it for more than a few minutes. However, I do love artists like PerturbatorLe Matos and of course, the Hotline Miami soundtrack still does it for me whether I’m playing the game or hyping myself up.

Today, we have Bettenhaus Ryne, a Cincinnati based 80s influenced glam rock, synth pop, early industrial project that released a new single on the 6th of June, Calculation​:​twenty​-​three Authority. The single is from an, as of yet, unnamed album that will be released at an, as of yet, unannounced time, so for now, I’ll just stick to the single.

First aspect I notice is how different the production is to most mainstream synth-wave style acts that feel the need to go over the top with production and volume. Here we have some slow building ambiance that quickly blurts towards some effective percussion that isn’t (thank God) some overzealous barrage of thunderous beats. I adore how industrial the song sounds with it’s ominous synths, that house this subtle touch that a lot of producers miss the point of. Yet it still manages to keep this driving nature about it that works with the chase/driving atmosphere that the artists is recreating here. Fitting to this atmosphere is the dirt and grime that a lot of these sounds manage to pick up as they role along – the guitars are probably the cleanest sounding thing on this single and ever they’re distorted!

I think the guitar leads work well here as well – they’re not too reverb heavy and serve as another layer in the measured bricks of sound. Couple this with the synths rolling up and down, there’s some serious sinister sounding material here. This actually fits nicely with whole, dystopian themes that are often approached in these styles of songs, however, this track is not camp in the way that a lot of these tracks are. For an example of this camp and overly produced (not always bad) style, just check out anything on the Miami Cannibal Massacre mixtape that’s floating around on the internet. Again, I’m loving the grit and rough sound of this song as well as the vocals that fuzz in for a few seconds that pulls this track away from the trashy side of ‘clean’ industrial/synth music made in honour of the 80s.

Final Thoughts:

This track does 80s style production proud and sets up a great scene for the rest of the album that I’d be very enthusiastic to hear. It’s themes are firmly rooted and a delight to listen to whether your cruising from the cops, or chilling at home with your shutter-shade sunglasses. Keep an eye out for the album coming soon (hopefully).