Dalek
Gutter Tactics


2.5
average

Review

by Ryan Flatley EMERITUS
January 27th, 2009 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gutter Tactics thick, doom sound that defined Dälek's approach has now turned back and smothered any attempt at a unique change.

It has been two years since Abandoned Language, the last release by Dälek, and not much has changed. With Abandoned Language there contained a certain aura that made the drone hip-hop/experimental sound of Dälek so appealing. The album was cohesive, rhymes often bouncing off every eloquently spoken word, but with Gutter Tactics it has become rather redundant.

Pastor Jeremiah Wright profoundly begins Gutter Tactics with his segment about the hypocritical state of the United States used as a sample. In fact, “Blessed Are They Who Bash Your Children's Heads Against A Rock” may be the best track on the album, but from there not much occurs. The industrial/doom sounds created by producer The Oktopus are overdone and rarely indicate any sort of climax in the tracks. Instead, songs tend to wander and often fail to become anything stimulating. However, there are exceptions, “We Lost Sight” twiddles with guitar riffs in a more ‘upbeat’ spirit, encapsulated under massive, stirring tones. Another track removed of headache inducing drone is “A Collection Of Miserable Thoughts Laced With With,” which lightly hops and alleviates the pressure endured from the rest of the Gutter Tactics. Make no mistake about it, The Oktopus has made compelling tracks before, but this time, they are not as obvious.

More importantly than the bogged down sounds from Gutter Tactics are Dälek’s lyrics. Dälek is known to rap in such a manner that nearly every word or line rhymes within a verse. Take “Gutter Tactics,” which personifies his technique, ‘Gutter tactics backed with mathematics/ acts to cause havoc/ words weave with static/ streets tattered/ preachers turned addicts/ knowledge subtracted/ equation is tragic.’ While the style is fresh, over the course of an entire album it becomes forced and utterly unnatural, even if an individual song is brilliantly written. Reading Dälek’s lyrics, it is clear he is an intellectual individual who has a strong political standpoint. Such is the case with “Los Macheteros / Spear Of A Nation,” a track that spits names, dates, and addresses in one of the more perplexing songs. Granted Dälek meant to send a message, but the impact is hardly felt and it can be said for Gutter Tactics as a whole.

Unfortunately, the combination of Dälek and The Oktopus did not work as well on Gutter Tactics. If there were a finger to be pointed, The Oktopus would bear the blame for creating a sound too overpoweringly dense to see the messages clearly. More than that, Gutter Tactics flow and overall rhymes pale in comparison to those found in Abandoned Language. It is as if Gutter Tactics thick, doom sound that defined Dälek’s approach has now turned back and smothered any attempt at a unique change.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 27th 2009


4970 Comments


nice, i 100% agree.
also, you might want to fix this in the 2nd para: Dälek is know to rap in.
good job; it's seriously disappointing dynamic suckage.

Tits McGee
January 27th 2009


1876 Comments


Nice job ryan

I am going to listen to this though.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
January 27th 2009


4939 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

good looks kingsoby

TricksterGRex
January 27th 2009


2087 Comments


I'll probably check this out anyway but this is sad to hear. I was looking forward to this.

gaslightanthem
January 27th 2009


5209 Comments


review is spot on, not sure if this is even worth the 3 i have given it tbh

superae
January 27th 2009


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, but i totally disagree. while it's easily the worst Dalek album yet, it's still great.

JokesorInsults
January 27th 2009


244 Comments


The album was cohesive, rhymes often bouncing off every eloquently word spoken, but with Gutter Tactic it has become rather redundant.

switch spoken and word and add an s to Gutter Tactic

and I haven't heard this yet, but i liked Abandoned Language quite a lot

Zebra
Moderator
January 27th 2009


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

what a disappointment. it's tough for me to sit through five tracks let alone the whole album.

superae
January 27th 2009


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really? what don't you like about it?



idk maybe cause i listen to a lot of noise stuff but i think it sounds awesome.

gaslightanthem
January 27th 2009


5209 Comments


album art reminds me of misery signals

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 27th 2009


4970 Comments


superae, just as mr. flatley states above... yes, it is noisy, and a lot of people expect that. but the noise doesn't do anything/ doesn't go anywhere.

superae
January 27th 2009


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

who says it has to go anywhere? it just is what it is, noise. don't see how it's any different than their other releases.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 27th 2009


4970 Comments


it's slightly worse than abandoned language, which is slightly worse than absence. they all get progressively less dynamic. i dont know how else to say it.

PanasonicYouth
January 28th 2009


7413 Comments


Doctor Who. :D
Also, Daleks are amazing. And I need to check this out solely based on the fact that Dalek is the name of the band.This Message Edited On 01.27.09

Douchebag
January 28th 2009


3626 Comments


You are an enemy of the daleks!

YOU MUST BE EXTERMINATED!

PanasonicYouth
January 28th 2009


7413 Comments


EXTREEEEMEENATE!!
Yeah, I said it.

Mendigo
January 28th 2009


2299 Comments


not as good as Absence, but it's still above avarage.

but the noise doesn't do anything/ doesn't go anywhere.

why do people always think music has to "go anywhere"? how do you define that, I mean, what kind of music "goes somewhere" and what doesn't?

JizzInMyPants
January 28th 2009


2825 Comments


i think it he like..it didnt climax or sumthin like that, or it doesnt do anything to make the song better or worse, it was just..."there"

kingsoby1
Emeritus
January 28th 2009


4970 Comments


you guys are so unique in your not liking dynamics.

superae
January 28th 2009


80 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dynamics schmynamics.



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