Brethren
Savage Inequalities


5.0
classic

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
May 7th, 2009 | 13 replies | 7,252 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Recordings and guest spots on vocals from US power electronics artist Brethren have been floating around on various compilations and albums for quite some time now, his first feature length release Savage Inequalities appearing in 2005 on the Freak Animal Records label. Often regarded as one of the true surprises to come out of the scene, for some Brethren's brand of harsh electronics and savage, unaffected vocals have cemented his work firmly as some of the best of the genre. Upon listening to the tumultuous anger of Savage Inequalities, it isn't difficult to see why.

Describing it as a vicious and uncompromising onslaught of pure hatred doesn't really do it justice, however this is the closest I can come to describing the sheer breadth of misanthropy present. Rarely before have I heard such an intense concoction of sound, musically, at the very least this album is nothing short of terrifying. The quieter moments sound like a kind of warped meditation but from here walls of incredibly harsh noise are built up, punctuated by swirling electronics and drum machines that puncture like an affected, drawn-out machine gun.

This is an enthralling (and very sick) thrill in itself, however, the vocals are the real icing on this deeply infested cake. Brethren's delivery is characterised by being unaffected and completely venomous, lyrics dealing with his provocative views on race and equality. Whether it's reversing the message of an african-american song of freedom from the post-civil war in Bloodland to something much more perverse and dangerous sounding (Before I'll be a slave/I'll be buried in my grave!), to condemning homosexuals in Hail AIDS (You're like an animal/It lives within you/Hail AIDS/Hail AIDS you AIDS infested ***ing animal) every word feels completely sincere and Savage Inequalities is not for the light hearted or easily offended. A sample of a woman speaking at the beginning of Swarm of Ignorance discussing women who fight for female rights as "an embarrassment to the vagina" only goes further to antagonise those who hold liberal beliefs, Brethren's message to the world spelt loud and clear.

Savage Inequalities is some of the best power electronics to come out over the past decade, an entirely thrilling listen characterised by incredibly harsh noise and vocals. Peppered with it's uncompromising political agenda however, it is bound to alienate many listeners who simply cannot stomach it. I am of the opinion that if I were to only listen to artists with political views I agree with, however, I would have one lame taste in music.



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Willie
Moderator
May 7th 2009



15919 Comments


Nice review. I'm going to check this out in a few minutes.

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MassiveAttack
May 7th 2009



2688 Comments


nicely done MEAT

Meatplow
May 7th 2009



5524 Comments


I'm definitely curious what you'd think about it....

Took me a number of listens to gel, when it did this became perfect late night background music for when I want something just a little bit psychotic. But this genre is certainly not for everybody.

Willie
Moderator
May 7th 2009



15919 Comments


Listening to the first track now. This definitely isn't headphone music, you'd go deaf. It's definitely going to require a few listens.

Meatplow
May 7th 2009



5524 Comments


haha.

I know what you mean, but I disagree. Despite seeming too destructive to speakers for its own good noise music such as this to me seems best through a good set of headphones because of the sheer range of subtle frequencies that seem to get lost on cheap iPod earbuds, I have a pair of $300 etymotic ER-4P's that were worth every cent. You don't have to turn them up all that loud, y'know (and probably shouldn't, cause it kill those puppies) ;)

Meatplow
May 7th 2009



5524 Comments


Nicely done MEAT


thanks MA

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Wizard
May 7th 2009



19344 Comments


Describing it as a vicious and uncompromising onslaught of pure hatred doesn't really do it justice, however this is the closest I can come to describing the sheer breadth of misanthropy present.

That's all the convincing I need. Is this hard to find?

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Meatplow
May 8th 2009



5524 Comments


nah, a quick search of google will find you a suitable place to find it

Meatplow
July 12th 2009



5524 Comments


before i'll be a slave, i'll be buried in my grave!!!!!!!

NeroCorleone80
October 22nd 2010



28838 Comments


this fucking owns

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Meatplow
October 23rd 2010



5524 Comments


Yeah haven't listened to this for a while

heard most of his other stuff nothing touches this, though The Chosen is pretty funny

ApplicationToHeaven
July 29th 2012



1561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lets aids live within you, lets aids wipe out your kind

Kman418
September 3rd 2013



10256 Comments


what the FUCK did i just listen to wow

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