Fleurety
Department of Apocalyptic Affairs


1.5
very poor

Review

by InHumanForm USER (8 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2009 | 18 replies | 4,783 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fleurety have released yet another piece of pure incoherence

1 of 4 thought this review was well written

I don't know about you, but Fluerety has always striked me as, well, odd. Ever since their 1993 demo "Black Snow", I've been scratching my head in confusion as to what founders Alexander Nordgaren and Svein Egil Hatlevik were thinking allowing their outlandish musical endeavors to be professionally released. The duo from Norway have gradually changed their sound from album to album. They started as an Inherent Black Metal band but slowly started diverging into a more Avant-garde, Progressive sound.
Sounds interesting enough on paper, but Fleurety have once again utterly failed to arrange anything worth listening to.

Department of Apocalyptic Affair is the new effort from Fluerety, and calling it Avant-garde is a total understatement. If it's not for the random, out of place keyboard interludes, the incredibly underwhelming stagnant vocal delivery, and one of THE most arid drumming performances to date, then it's got to be the name of the album. Department of Apocalyptic Affairs, it sounds like the name of some Stephen King book or something. From what I can gather, this is a concept album. All the songs seemingly tie together about an apocalyptic department full of incompetent detectives that take on cases involving apocalyptic affairs. It doesn't make sense to me either, and to further back that up, here's and excerpt from the song "Face in a Fever".

i've seen the one-track mind
however just in profile
he keeps a shocking feast
leads his women to anxieties and sweets
he is the iguana man
always this repulsive
always accompanied by screams
he spits the virus at the one who sleeps


Yeah, that's just a taste of what you'll get lyrically from Department of Apocalyptic Affairs. Lyrics so bane of actual meaning and sense that you start to wonder if the whole album was entirely drug induced.

Clocking in at about 50 minutes, you will literally start to beg for this album to end. There are times in this album where songs can just drag on forever. This is partly due to the drumming effort presented here. Throughout each track, Svein shows no clear ability that he's at least a decent drummer. There is no technicality, hardly any fills, no speed involved whatsoever, and every song constantly just follows the same drum pattern. The vocal performance is something to marvel at on DOAA. Svein exhibits a very dull Black Metal attempt and has absolutely no range or power, his voice pretty much stays entirely on the same pitch and tempo throughout. Another aspect of DOAA that makes me cringe are the eccentric keyboard solos and sections that just don't belong at all in the mix. They are usually off time and come just out of nowhere and do not lend a helping hand in keeping this album at least somewhat musically stable. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Svein handles the drumming, vocals, and the keyboards. The guitar work showcased by Alexander is the only slightly decent and redeeming factor that's noticeable on DOAA, and in the end, that's not saying much.

Department of Apocalyptic Affairs is very very bad.Though upon first hearing this and finding it merely comical, it gets old quickly and loses it's novelty within about a minute. I do not recommend this to anyone, unless of course your a sucker for cheap laughs.


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PanasonicYouth
August 4th 2009



7410 Comments


overly dramatic, poorly written, and quite short.

renegadestrings
August 4th 2009



1416 Comments


you summary ironically summarizes the thoughts of every single person who will read this review

Hyperbore
August 4th 2009



856 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yeah, this review's pretty crap. Then again, this album really IS that retarded.

Pebster49
August 4th 2009



2987 Comments


Its not exactly good, but its not horrible(the album). Review needs to be long.

Hyperbore
August 4th 2009



856 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

It IS horrible. Which is a shame, because 'Min Tid Skal Komme' is pretty cool.

GBJ
August 4th 2009



489 Comments


I may have to listen to this

Meatplow
August 4th 2009



5524 Comments


I need this. I want to know if it is worthy of all the bad albums I have rated a 1 i'm trying to get an epic collection happening.

ReturnToRock
August 4th 2009



3448 Comments


seriously bad review. even for a beginner.

InHumanForm
August 4th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i wrote it last night pretty late, and i never heard it before, i was just angry. let me fix this.

ReturnToRock
August 4th 2009



3448 Comments


tip: next time, LISTEN to the albums a couple of time before writing the review. even if it's painful. i'm preparing a review for alice cooper's "hey stoopid" - an album i listened to around 7'000 times in the past - and i'm STILL listening to it again three or four times. just to make sure.

last time i didn't follow this method, the results were disastrous.

just a hint from an experienced reviewer. in the meantime, and until you fix it, that neg is mine. no hard feelings, but this is just amateurish and childish.

InHumanForm
August 4th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

alright i fixed it a little. you guys can read my other reviews there a lot better, it's just that this is so bad.

InHumanForm
August 4th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

yea it was pretty bad i must admit but i fixed it up a little bit.

GBJ
August 4th 2009



489 Comments


Yeah that summary was win

BallsToTheWall
August 4th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isnt too bad but not great either. I have one other two album which was also alright but cannot compare with their countrymen Manes.

TAB
August 4th 2009



435 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Review is great, especially if you've heard the album. This album is seriously, the worst peice of shit i've ever heard.

Meatplow
September 27th 2009



5524 Comments


Yeah, album isn't that bad.

Some parts are rather interesting, others are unlistenable. Average album though.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2010



5607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The record SLAYS.

Bad review.

Digging: Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

jonbonjovii
June 20th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

what about doing some research on the actual album? maybe there is some information for the "reviewer" at wikipedia, that might have come in handy?



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