REVIEW FOR NOVEMBER 6, 2004

 
RECANT
SUBJECT TO AFFLICTION
CDR, 2003
4 OUT OF 5
SUMMARY | GOOD STUFF IF YOU'RE INTO THE NOISE SCENE. IF.
 
One of the things about the noise scene (and not whatever they're calling hardcore with indie-rock elements this week - these days it's "metalcore," with "noisecore" finally sounding like there's noise music in it now) is its polarizing effect on people.  Some people love this stuff, while others can't abide it.  It's almost like that argument some people have about wrestling, forgetting that even the stupidest, most backwards redneck knows it's fake and the usual arguments about it haven't been new since 1975.  No, I'm not above injokes two people besides me could ever possibly get.
 
Subject to Affliction is an atmospheric collection of industrial (in the 1970's-type sense) noises and apparently it's different from the more harsh release Recant came out with before this (Gesture).  Granted, I'm going on Wednesday Elektra's word, as I'm unaware of how Recant sounded before this.  To me, Subject to Affliction is appealing enough that the album works as a mixture of drone and noise.  The album isn't one Whitehouse-ish drone of static and loud distorted noises and yet the atmospheric elements don't kill the harshness of the noise, either.  Subject to Affliction works well as a noise album, and it reminds me of the stuff that used to come out in the 1980's and early 1990's inasmuch as the album is trying to be somewhat music-oriented even for its being what it is.  Granted, there's nothing too memorable about the album after it's finished and Subject to Affliction can't help but become background noise by the end, but it's relatively decent background noise that manages to catch one's attention and have a certain veneer of quality to it.  It's almost pleasant, but Subject to Affliction is not New Age so let's not make this album something it's not.
 
This album is part one of a five-part series, by the way.  I don't know how far Recant has gone with this miniseries of albums, but that's the fault of my lazy booking and not his.  I should really think about taking on some slaves hired help for this site.  Man, I'm turning into a whiny LiveJournal-dependent windbag so fast it's making my head spin...
 
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