After last week’s Thanksgiving shenanigans, we are back to your regularly scheduled music reviewing shitshow. And what a show we have! We have a quite diverse line-up of music ranging from holiday tunes to Power Metal to…electronica? Yes, that get’s explained, we promise. Kyle even throws in some reviews of terribly awesome horror movies he watched on his birthday. To top off the episode, preview the honors we will be giving during out year end festivities! Not enough content for you? Well too bad! Ok, just kidding. After the jump, our good friend and resident graphic artist Mike Clancey (he designed our logos) adds his thoughts on The Algorithm’s debut album.
Reviews: The Algorithm – Polymorphic Code; August Burns Red – Sleddin’ Hill; Destinity – Resolve in Crimson; Secret Sphere – Portrait of a Dying Heart
Mr. Clancey’s 2 cents on The Algorithm’s Polymorphic Code:
Overall I thought it was OK. It’s not exactly the formula I like my metal/electronica combos to be in, but they have a decent grasp on how to combine the two. I know how you guys feel about Asking Alexandria, but I really like their remix album, Stepped Up and Scratched. I guess I like my metal remixed after the fact, rather than have it originally written with “techno” in it.
The first 2 tracks (Handshake and Bouncing Dot) caught my ear. Unfortunately, things quickly became disjointed. A lot of these songs jump all over the place in the course of 4-6 minutes for no apparent reason. Another negative is their use of the same sound/midi “noise” for most of their melodies. When you’re not restricted by what your instruments can do, and you’re in the realm of computer effects, why stick with the same sound? One last gripe, which doesn’t pop up often, is the “vocals.” There are only a few lines here or there, but it just sounds like they grabbed the janitor in the recording studio and said, “Here, say this.”
As much as it sounds like I didn’t like it – it wasn’t too bad. It’s not something that will get me banging my head in the car OR dancing, but it would work just fine having it on in the background while doing something else. I may go back to it now and then, but not highly recommended, especially for those not too keen on techno in their metal soup.