Self-Inflicted Violence - A Perception Of Matter And Energy review




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Band: Self-Inflicted Violence
Album: A Perception Of Matter And Energy
Release date: December 2009


01. Liquids
02. Artificial Phenomenon
03. Eugenics
04. A Mental Cancer II
05. Comfort In Insomnia
06. Realisation


Self-Inflicted Violence is, and this shouldn't surprise anyone, Depressive Black metal. The current line-up of this British twin-headed monster consists of "1,4,1,13" and "V11". So uhm... yeah... No, wait. Seriously. What the fuck is up with people not being able to think of proper stage names these days? Is 'Necrobutcher' not good enough anymore these days for all you damned hippies? What about 'Blasphemer'? Or 'Dead', for christ's sake. Or damned 'Caller of the Storms' if you must, but V-fucking-11?! What are you trying to say here? Ahum. Depressive Black metal. You hate yourself so you shouldn't really be bothered if I hate you as well, right? Well, I don't really hate you as such, but come on.

It's not my job to judge lyrical content or stagenames though, so no more ranting. A Perception Of Matter And Energy is best described as a poor man's Drudkh in their Forgotten Legends and Autumn Aurora phase. SIV utilizes a lot lot of meandering, droney riffs but wraps them in a stammering and stuttering jacket much too often. Occasionally they flow nicely, but mostly I'm annoyed at how messed up the potentially great riffs are. Sometimes they're badly played, sometimes they're badly produced and sometimes they're badly written.

There's not much to say about the drums or the bass, they were present at the time of recording and played their parts, so let's move on the vocals. They remind me of the guitar riffs in the sense that they are almost very good, but somehow end up being bad. Sometimes they're dodgy, sometimes they're just over-the-top, sometimes they're weak, I don't know what the hell is going on here, but there's always something wrong with the vocals.

A Perception Of Matter And Energy is a strange album. When playing this album I cannot stop thinking that the members fucked it up on purpose. There's always something that annoys me, bothers me or irritates me. And I like to think of myself as a pretty easy-going dude. If stripped of all this annoying bits and bytes it might even be quite good. But who cares, Drudkh and Burzum did it a whole lot better anyway.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 6
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 5
Production: 6


 



Written on 15.12.2009 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.


Comments

Comments: 14   Visited by: 101 users
15.12.2009 - 21:52
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Nothing to see here then. Thanks for the warning.
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16.12.2009 - 02:59
Ilham
Giant robot
Listening to that is some self-inflicted violence. They got that straight.
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16.12.2009 - 03:06
Insineratehymn
Account deleted
Written by Ilham on 16.12.2009 at 02:59

Listening to that is some self-inflicted violence. They got that straight.

I was about to make that very same joke.
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16.12.2009 - 04:45
spirit_inblack
harshhead
If I ever have a depressive black metal band, my pseudonym shall be VIII and I shall sing about how people should commit suicide because they didn't have a V8 when they could have... xD
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16.12.2009 - 05:13
Grand Funk!
I guess that none listened to the album here!
I don't consider it as depressive black metal but a fantastic piece of dark metal with some post-rock influences! A surprise!
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16.12.2009 - 05:45
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Guest on 16.12.2009 at 03:06

I was about to make that very same joke.


Great minds think alike!


Written by Grand Funk! on 16.12.2009 at 05:13

I guess that none listened to the album here!
I don't consider it as depressive black metal but a fantastic piece of dark metal with some post-rock influences! A surprise!


I listened to the first track twice. It was enough for me to tell it was masturbation. With no orgasm in the end.
And what the hell is dark metal? What are you putting behind the word "dark"?
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16.12.2009 - 15:00
Grand Funk!
Your reply is enough to understand why you don't like this album... or better you don't like the first track.
Anyway, i guess that comments should be posted by people inside a music genre... it's like if i comment a Nocturnal Fear album when i'm not into thrash metal, the feedback can just be bad and surely ironic to be popular... but very unprofessional!
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16.12.2009 - 19:48
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
How cute... the label defending the artist on a webzine.
Always good to know there are actually labels still backing their artists.

But to call something unprofessional just because you disagree is just as unprofessional.
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16.12.2009 - 23:03
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Grand Funk! on 16.12.2009 at 15:00

Your reply is enough to understand why you don't like this album... or better you don't like the first track.
Anyway, i guess that comments should be posted by people inside a music genre... it's like if i comment a Nocturnal Fear album when i'm not into thrash metal, the feedback can just be bad and surely ironic to be popular... but very unprofessional!


Oh yeah, I just can't understand the beauty of it. I'm wrong, have no taste, and know nothing about music.
EDIT: I'm not at all into Black Metal, don't look at my profile. I was just passing by, thought I could bash some random obscure band, and did it, for fun. Right....
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17.12.2009 - 09:50
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
OKay I checked it out, the only thing black metal about it are the vocals imo. The rest I would call post-punk with post-rock and some metal thrown in. And actually not as bad as you describe it, Lucas. Mmm, actually the term Dark Metal fits quite appropriately here I would say.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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17.12.2009 - 16:59
Grand Funk!
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 16.12.2009 at 19:48

How cute... the label defending the artist on a webzine.
Always good to know there are actually labels still backing their artists.

But to call something unprofessional just because you disagree is just as unprofessional.


Unprofessional isn't to express a different opinion (what i'm doing me to) but the practice to judge an album or a band after listening to 1 track.

"Unfortunately" i'm just a customer and a dark metal worshipper, Bethlehem docet, and when i've read the blog ive felt the need to express my opinion.
And exactely, it's labelled as depressive black metal, but i guess it's a wrong way to describe it!
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26.12.2010 - 03:02
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Looked into this a couple weeks back... Not as bad as I was expecting; currently this sits at about a 6.5 - 7 for me. Somewhat blah, but not entirely off-putting.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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12.12.2011 - 14:59
Haiwaan Das
One word --->"DEPRESSIVE"
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06.10.2012 - 18:28
Kass
St. Anger
Written by Grand Funk! on 16.12.2009 at 05:13

I don't consider it as depressive black metal but a fantastic piece of dark metal with some post-rock influences!

I definetly agree with you. Nice album 7/10 from me.
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