The Psyke Project
Apnea


4.0
excellent

Review

by Damrod EMERITUS
September 30th, 2008 | 27 replies | 9,925 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ever wondered what a Converge/Isis/Neurosis/Cult Of Luna crossover would sound like? Look no further...

It should not be a secret anymore: in terms of guitar driven music the Scandinavian countries are always good for an excellent export. Be it metal, punk, hardcore or just plain straight rock. This includes Denmark, the home of The Psyke Project. In their home scene they are no secret insider tip anymore, and play festivals like the legendary Roskilde Open Air. Strange enough, beyond the borders they are virtualy unknown. Which is kind of odd, taking into account what one can hear here: an interesting mix and crossover between Converge, Isis, Neurosis and Cult Of Luna, spiced with a little punk and metal.

All starts of quite mellow: the first minutes of the opener 'The Voice Of Commandment' are instrumental, with a spheric, yet brooding touch. One can almost grasp the tension created here, before after about three minutes, singer Martin Nielskov enters the scene. The parallels between Converge and this band are quite obvious, starting with "I can't understand a single word he's screaming" and going over into "Screw the lyrics, the voice is pounding the emotions in the lyrics straight to my head.Like a jackhammer". The similarities don't end with the vocals. It's amazing how much noise a trio can create, how much energy they can transport, while still changing the face of a song in a matter of seconds. Guitarist Mikkel Vadstrup, Bassist Jeppe Skouv and Rasmus Sejersen on the drums at least are pretty good at it. One example: 'I Get Paralyzed' starts out very punk-like, straight forward. But after about the half of the song, the mood completely changes into something slow, melancholic and desperate.

These changes are more or less regular, which makes the description of individual songs very hard. With an average song length of roughly five minutes, there is a lot going on here. Chaos, agression and rage turn into desperation, melancholy and lack of perspective, to the point that one would guess all goes down into a giant suicidal rampage. The raw sound does it's own to support this overall feel of the songs. This is nothing you just listen to while doing stuff, taking into consideration who inspired the band, that was basically out of question from the start. In a way, 'Apnea' is a 56 minute struggle, with 'Not In My Time' being the ultimate climax and reward for enduring all that was thrown at the listener before. Very mellow guitar lines, clear vocals and an almost hopeful touch present the albums closer as a friendly pat on the back. The track has it's pace, and is nothing you would suggest to your grandma, but compared to the rest of the album: very quite and easy. This complete change of pace and style kinda marks the highlight of the whole album.

'Apnea' is a hard pill to swallow though. Everchanging songs, chaos, desperation, anger, despair and agression - you gotta love it to embrace it. If you're not up for this kind of music, this won't give you much, maybe nothing at all. But, if you like this type of music, you're in for quite bag full of suprises. Even after ten full spins you probably have not pinned down every detail of the songs, and will find new suprises and details you have not noticed before. Everyone who likes music that is not straight forward, should definately check this one out. Especially if you like the cited influences of the band.



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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2008



7983 Comments


Great review, but you couldn't decide if The Voice of Commandment was to be bold or italics, but other than that minor typo, a well-written, informative review.

They sound interesting, I will have to check them out.

Damrod
Moderator
September 30th 2008



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hehe, thanks for the hint, fix'd!

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2008



7983 Comments


No problem, here to help.

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2008



44194 Comments


Thank you Damrod for reviewing this. Nice review and it's good too see this album get some recognition. Pretty sturdy record.

Digging: My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

SnackaryBinx
September 30th 2008



2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will check this out when I get home.

chewytapeworm
September 30th 2008



492 Comments


I've heard a few tracks off this record, its mighty impressive stuff!

natey
September 30th 2008



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my guitarist has been screaming at me to get this for weeks, I'm gonna try and find it

NortherlyNanook
September 30th 2008



1285 Comments


I was sold at the summary, but nice review anyway, as usual.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2008



17204 Comments


getting now.

flamethisuser
October 1st 2008



395 Comments


Ever wondered what a Converge/Isis/Neurosis/Cult Of Luna would sound like?


and lo, sputnikmusic came.

Damrod
Moderator
October 1st 2008



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[Quote="Spat Out Sexy Men"]Quote:
Originally Posted by review
the scandinavian countries


I would use a capital letter for Scandinavian, but then again I'm not German

I know you're not using your Jens name anymore, so you should probably join the moderator club and use a fake name![/B][/QUote]

Damn it, it gets me every time. Fix'd!

You have a good fake name for me, I don't really have one... This Message Edited On 10.01.08

NortherlyNanook
October 1st 2008



1285 Comments


I'm probably totally alone in this, but the vocals kinda remind me of Envy.

AngelPhoenix
October 1st 2008



2764 Comments


This sounds really interesting, will check this out asap


brandtweathers
October 2nd 2008



2007 Comments


im hesitant. ill listen no doubt but this review really stacks up some rep

natey
October 3rd 2008



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Panic" is pretty brutal
as far as TPP being some amalmagation of all those glorious bands it's kind of irrelevant as far as whether you'll like this or not

brandtweathers
October 3rd 2008



2007 Comments


nothing awful about this, just fades a bit when compared to converge imo.
def worth a 4 tho (or so it seems from the handful of tracks ive dabbled with)

NortherlyNanook
October 3rd 2008



1285 Comments


This is pretty awesome btw.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2008



2670 Comments


Sounds awesome, but I haven't been able to give it a go yet. Always nice to see you back, too, you shifty German

brandtweathers
October 4th 2008



2007 Comments


ok. these lyrics really blow at times

Bleak123
November 2nd 2008



1902 Comments


you can't hear them, does it matter?

Album's pretty good but you have to be in the right mood. And then there's also the fact you may as well just listen to Jane Doe instead.



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