Venetian Snares
Doll Doll Doll


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
July 9th, 2007 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to the one of the darkest albums I have ever heard.

My knowledge of Intelligent Dance Music (abbreviated IDM) is a bit scarce. The three major bands that I know are Aphex Twin, Autechre, and Venetian Snares. Each have their style of IDM, yet, only one can claim the title for building an album around the murder of children and that would be Venetian Snares (also known as Aaron Funk). Their album Doll Doll Doll is a haunting, demonic breakcore album. It is a horror movie soundtrack, practically, the only problem they have not made a movie that could sum up to the intensity levels on this record.

The album begins with a stark track named “Pygmalion.” A song that is frantic at times carries a pulsating bouncing beat that sets the tone for the rest of the album. It contains many elements Funk uses in the album such as slow wading noises and the array of artificial beats. Yet, it is stripped down as compared to the rest of the album that slowly begins to pick up in intricacy and complexity. Regardless it still has an identity that is special in its own sense as far as different beats, whether they are soothing or energetic. Most of the noises he incorporates crescendo and builds up repetitively until more layers are added or echo quietly behind the next phrase. It builds up for a granddaddy of a song.

A while back, I heard the song, “Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix),” by Aphex Twin and I thought that was one of the most sinister songs ever recorded. Venetian Snares literally mutilated that notion with the song “Dollmaker.” A song starts with an actual drum set rather than artificial beats; it is also backed by a grinding cello and subtle piano. It builds intensity with a sound like a whistler pot about to boil and the artificial beats chime in and then, 'I’LL FUCKING MURDER YOU YOUNG STYLE LIKE JONBENET RAMSEY' is uttered as it explodes. From that point, the creepiness just exponentially increases with killer-like lyrical excerpts, (…when I’ll cut your neck leave a little piece of skin so the head won’t fall off…) and loud thrashing beats. After times end, it stands out as the pinnacle of the album.

“Pressure Cooker” also follows suit with similar vicious beats, but pulls it off in a more brittle and frenzied manner. Halfway through it features an altered hypnotizing horn line that is followed by more disturbing sound clips. While the horns may not be hypnotizing, Aaron Funk puts a little jazz improvising (horns, saxophone, and piano) in the song “I Rent the Ocean.” It occurs midway though when a harmonic vocal portion turns into a trumpet and saxophone. It fittingly adds to the fast and pleasant sounding beats. On the contrary, the album can act calm and aggressive in the same instance. “Befriend a Childkiller” starts out rather silent until an ominous voice drifts back and forth and finally the atmosphere is in a controlled chaotic state. In addition, “Macerate and Petrify” begins mellow with different unique sounds and a very low volume beat as it climaxes to organized disorder and caps off the album. Aaron Funk left a notable impression for my first Venetian Snares album. It is a beautifully complex and haunting record. Overall, there is little chance you will actually have nightmares about this album (okay maybe the album cover might come up once or twice at night), but it is an intense piece of music, and yeah, it is a little sadistic.



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Fort23
July 9th 2007


2475 Comments


looks great.

711
July 9th 2007


1341 Comments


Great review, I was going to look into this band. I was thinking of downloading Rossz csillag alatt született first but I guess I'll go with this since I can pronounce it.

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2007


6094 Comments


sexy review

blackmilk
July 9th 2007


584 Comments


A Venetian Snares review with the word IDM used? I never would have thought.

711
July 9th 2007


1341 Comments


Well its kind of the genre

Fort23
July 9th 2007


2475 Comments


pretty sure that was sarcasm...

blackmilk
July 9th 2007


584 Comments


Well its kind of the genre


IDM isn't a genre.

711
July 9th 2007


1341 Comments


Its basically the style. It gives a lot of people sort of a general idea of what it sounds like.

Kaleid
July 9th 2007


711 Comments


Sounds twisted.

Good concise review

Zebra
Moderator
July 9th 2007


2647 Comments


I can only tolerate so much Venetian Snares. I really like a handful of his songs but he really needs to learn when to stop adding useless clicks and bleeps into his songs.

cbmartinez
July 10th 2007


2525 Comments


The songs I heard by this guy sucked but the concept around this album is cool enough to make me want to hear it.

descendents1
July 15th 2007


702 Comments


What I want to know is if it's better than RCAS.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 17th 2007


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just listen to it.

MassiveAttack
June 26th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am right now! I already listened to Songs About My Cats and printf(Shiver In Eternal Darkness_n) which were both average/good. Hope to see some improvement in this one since both of those albums had some meaningless minutes put into them.

MassiveAttack
June 26th 2009


2688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The date is wrong on this album it was first released in '01 not '04. So far this album is extremely more balanced then Funk's predecessors. Besides the "Remi" (I'm at track 4) everything has been great.

My heart says 3.5, but my head says 4 =( decisions decisions.

Yotimi
June 21st 2013


6493 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just realized how bad this is



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