Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Music Review //
Post Death Soundtrack
"It Will Come Out Of Nowhere" //

Though I might be alone in this (or at least in the minority) to see the title "It Will Come Out Of Nowhere" just makes me think of when the RKO went viral for a short time.   It may not be what anyone else thinks, but hey, maybe Post Death Soundtrack can have a song featured on one of those WWE shows.   Their shows tend to have average songs but they did do one with The Prodigy/ho99o9 recently so there is hope, and PDS could help them move in the right direction to finding songs by artists who don't make songs that all sound the same.

You should already know the song "Chosen Sons" by now and if you don't shame on you.   The distorted beats and darkness kick off this album and in a sense it does seem that the title is right on because you can't possibly prepare for the trip you are about to take.   "Crumbs" has these great beats and then somehow manages to find this dark piano riff.  I'm thinking of this one as being somewhere between Linkin Park and early Filter (specifically "Short Bus" because that's the only Filter album I listen to and enjoy) but it could just as easily feel like something from that film "Repo! A Genetic Rock Opera", which I don't think I've ever been able to make reference to before.

"Dark Matter" goes deeper like NIN and there are elements of Blue October in here as well.    There's this breakdown in "Dark Matter"- which is quite possibly my favorite song on the album- where it gets just screamy like metal and the words are about how death is so close today.   Death is always getting closer though, isn't it?   That's the funny thing about this album as well-- it's easy to get caught up in the music but you really need to go through and pay attention to these lyrics as well.

Dark electronics really open things up on "Expect No Sympathy" and as it feels closer to techno almost I have to think of artists such as Atari Teenage Riot.    These eleven songs are divided in half, as the first five and second five are melted together with a song called "Ramona Hills" in the sixth spot.    There is just a quiet air about this song.   It's minimal and ambient and feels like the calm before the storm.    It has a dual purpose though as it can act as that calm to kind of bring you down from the first five songs, but it can also prepare you in that way for the second half of the album.

"Benediction" has this more traditional Indian sound, which feels spiritual and makes me think even more of Blue October for some reason.   "Piercing The Veil" get darker, slower and somehow finds this trippy hole where it can reflect on something such as Pink Floyd.   "Fallout" has those electronic vocals like Frampton and for the first time I really think this album reminds me of Korn, but none of these references are to the point where I want to write this off as being "nu metal"-- it has just enough of these elements in it (Linkin Park and Korn, for example) to make me appreciate it.

"Pathless Land" comes out more like NIN- "The Fragile" era- and then the final song comes out swinging with these drums like NIN in the "Head Like A Hole" era.    Sometimes an album will go out with a sadder song, a ballad of sorts- thinking of NIN it's like how they closed out "The Downward Spiral" with "Hurt".   But Post Death Soundtrack chooses to go out with a bang and the energy of this album is something that cannot be controlled, though I'm not entirely sure why anyone would want to try and stop it.

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