Dalek
Abandoned Language


4.0
excellent

Review

by ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ ◘_◘ USER (5 Reviews)
April 27th, 2007 | 30 replies | 12,326 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album for the conspiracy theorist or Dr. Who fan who has hit one too many gravity bongs.

"We want to embrace you with the sound and then suffocate you."

These very words were used by dälek in describing his ambitions with his group's latest release, Abandoned Language. Alongside Oktopus on production duties, dälek helps in creating a unique style of massive, dense hip-hop that owes just as much to shoegaze and noise music as it does to old-school and modern hip hop alike. They have even been known to tour with a wide variety of musical acts, including Isis, the Melvins, Prince Paul and De La Soul. Now how is that for artistic variety?

Abandoned Language gives you the feeling of confusion at the first few listens, all esoteric, deranged electronic rap that seems to put the title of the album in place. But pay attention to "Abandoned Language"; "Survival's all basic, there ain't a fuckin' thing sacred." With just examining one song, the meaning behind it all becomes somewhat more clear: that dälek is criticizing and analyzing the downfall of modern society and a government that is to blame. He goes on to say in the chorus, "Turn the page motherfucker, 'cause the story's all scripted. 600 years, ain't a fuckin' thing different." As "Abandoned Language" progresses it becomes increasingly dense, collapsing into a sea of noise, with only a beat which has remained steady throughout.

"Lynch", an interlude, is the only instrumental song here. Taking Dälek's dissonant and often times bewildering trademark sound to the extreme, the song proves that they will pretty much do whatever the hell they want. And why not, as dälek seems to grow more world-weary and angry as the album proceeds. "Stagnant Waters" arrives, and it does not disappoint. With some of the most discernible lyrics here, it furthers the political tone with lines such as "Men and women shed tears when our people get shot, multiplied fears turn person to flock" and "Epitaphs have no authors, patient paupers, my nation of authors turn lawless." among descriptions slavery and revolution, and backed by gentle one note piano and warbling, out of tune instruments.

They even manage to deliver a somewhat softer song in "Tarnished", devoid of the characteristic wall of sound present on much of Abandoned Language. It may not seem like much, but when over fifty minutes of an album is a delirious, stoner-friendly haze of detuned samples, static, warbled rhyming, and beats worthy of head nodding, a little less can count for a lot. Dälek send the message home midway through, condensing Abandoned Language into a group of syllables: "The struggle is our lesson. Perhaps this is the blessing; existence is the lesson."

I'm suffocated.


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HotSalvation
April 28th 2007


258 Comments


haha I'm thinking about all those metal heads who showed up to that fateful Isis show and were like, "what the hell??"

AlienEater
April 28th 2007


716 Comments


Dalek are really good

DeadToPain
April 28th 2007


694 Comments


actually, i was one of those guys at the isis show. i wasn't wondering "wha?" at the hip-hop things, but the sound was absolutely terrible. the guy with the laptops needed to learn a bit about not blowing everyone's eardrums with treble. what i could understand lyrically i liked quite a bit. but the "dj" was fucking awful at the show i went to.

Slaapkamers
April 28th 2007


596 Comments


This album isn't treble-heavy or fucking awful so you would probably like it.

smokersdieyounger
April 29th 2007


672 Comments


I've been meaning to check out Dalek for such a slong time man

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2007


6094 Comments


So this album is really awesome.

The Jungler
December 7th 2007


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought this was really great.

whatduffhuck7
February 22nd 2008


163 Comments


saw them live with russian circles.

pretty gangsta. didnt really like them live but the music is good.

Eliminator
February 22nd 2008


2067 Comments


yeah dude its a rap album. gangsta.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
February 22nd 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is so G

Aficionado
April 5th 2008


1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a great album, I just need to find some lyrics.
Can anyone provide a link?

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 22nd 2008


3742 Comments


I just got this, it's pretty pimpin.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
December 20th 2008


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shhh don't tell anyone

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 20th 2008


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i even told my mom

soundless
December 20th 2008


171 Comments


new album is even better

superae
January 13th 2009


80 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Abandoned Language is Dalek's masterpiece. Takes repeated listens to really grow on you though.

Douchebag
January 13th 2009


3624 Comments


haha No way! a band called Dalek!

"YOU ARE AN ENEMY OF THE DALEK'S, YOU MUST BE EXTERMINATED!"

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 14th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dalek attack formation 7 maximum exterminate

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 14th 2009


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah except it's pronounced like 'dialect'

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 20th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

alright, im done listening to all their stuff except absence, now.




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