ALBUM MEMENTO MATERIA RELEASE:
APRIL 1, 2002 REVIEW: APRIL 23, 2002
is always nice to see Swedish newcomers. But here we have a band dealing
with the relationship between man and machine as well as engineered people.
Perhaps not the freshest of themes. All the clichés brought forth
by Interlace disturb me. The lyrical content is not exactly new, the onslaught
of distorted drums and sequences has been done to death before, and the
obligatory ambient piece at the end of the album is not particularly innovative
either, consisting mostly of low drones and watery noises.
group itself is very anonymous, never mentioning a name or showing themselves
in pictures. This album was done by Interlace, period.
give them high marks for their technical skills, but I prefer content
over style. Their sound is a sample filled mixture of Skinny Puppy, Haujobb
and - according to the record company - Front Line Assembly. People fond
of these bands can definitely find something to enjoy here. But most of
the songs just melt together in a sea of distortion and powerful drum
blasts, leaving no particular imprint.
some compositions stand out a bit, starting with the opener "Tetragrammaton",
a driving dance number, "Ascent" an atmospheric piece with nice
singing, and "Missing Link" a more melodic but heavy track.
very competent debut, but next time please focus more on the songs instead
of knob twiddling. And stay off the distortion box.