Antipathy - Review
This is the powerful, industrial debut album for the solo project of Clint Robertson.
The album comes nicely packaged with a standard jewel case containing a booklet of artwork and lyrics. The disc is packed with eleven pounding electro-industrial pieces that fans of similar bands like Suicide Commando, God Module
As we weed through the plethora of bands that release this brand of electro-industrial where the vocals are distorted as if the vocalist drank a gallon of gasoline before singing, it's interesting to find one now and again that stands out in one way or another. The main selling point behind this band is that they bring all of these styles together with power and yet the lyrics and samples aren't chock full of vulgarity and hate, but are rather genuine and thought-provoking. This doesn't detract at all from the overall power and force behind the music and each track on this album as it shows from the first pounding beat and electronic loops of "Let Me Go" on through each pulsating and driving piece.
Each piece brings out one powerful electronic music aspect or another. Mostly they're heavily laden with a solid pulsating bassline with a number of layered synths and electronic loops all providing the backdrop for the distorted, semi-whispered vocals. This is all moved along with a dance-friendly beat that is heavy and upbeat. While this describes all tracks pretty much in detail, there are a few that stand out more for their somber, darker and more emotional moods, accented by soaring synthesized strings mixed well with the heavy pulsating bassline and beat. "Addict" is one of these that keeps moving with a fast-paced beat while engendering a bit more of the electro-goth feel. "Surrogate" brings the pace down a bit, but turns up the intensity with the bass and layers of smooth synths. "Welcome to the Company" has a heavier club feel that hard-core industrial fans will enjoy more and stands out a bit amongst the other pieces. The next piece introduces a slightly different style on the vocals, while still distorted, they're not so muffled and whispered. Also interesting on this piece is the sample that's included is easily recognized from Leonard Nimoy from the Invasion of the Body Snatchers
movie. The next track "Autonomy" also includes a perfectly mixed sample from Will Smith from I Am Legend
. This piece is another favorite for the way this sample mixes in with the powerful layers of synths and driving beat along with the harsh vocals.
As the album winds down, the intensity remains though the tempo may vary along with subtle style changes. "Quality of Mercy" stands out as a slight shift slowing down the tempo and changing the style with hard-hitting, pulsing electronics (which is hard to describe considering the entire album is full of intense electronics and driving beats). However, the album winds down perfectly with the final track "Penitence" that really has no beat, but comes out almost as a powerful dark ambient piece, but remains full of the great electronic elements of the rest of the album for a great finale. And with that, the album is finished and the listener is left feeling emotionally drained with many of the same feelings that are left after watching an eye-opening apocalyptic movie (ie. where some of the many samples come from). I think any fan of hard-hitting electro-industrial music will really enjoy this album.
Label: COP International