Azure Emote
Chronicles of an Aging Mammal


4.5
superb

Review

by Plutonio USER (18 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2010 | 16 replies | 5,425 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Basically, it's if Imaginary Sonicscape was more cohesive and took cues from Unexpect and Vile.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Despite the fact that every component of Chronicles of an Aging Mammal is integral to its unique and satisfying sound, there is one element of this metal release that stands out among the rest. This element is the daring fusion of polar opposites. Whether it be ambience, extreme metal, or a variety of electronic music, the combination proves to be a successful mode of evocation. However, it still piques the listener's interest constantly. For example, the morose “Dementia (Reflections of the Elderly and Infirmed)” combines eerie samples and a quaint, diverse array of sounds. Yet, "Submerged (In Hollow Realistics)" is a spasmodic genre-mash, featuring a series of innovative qualities that show the tastefulness of the record.

Instead of a tawdry inclusion, the acoustic guitar on “Complex 25” is sparse and effective. Alongside it is the operatic voice on the intense “Procreation Abnegation”. Both of these tracks already utilize a vast array of textures, but Chronicles of an Aging Mammal still breaks sonic boundaries. In terms of structure, most songs explore a broad range of ideas, using simplistic and effective segues. Still, the album contains epic song lengths and innovative ideas; the combination of these components leads to a grandiose effort. Another staple of this record is the alternation between density and technicality. And another is the integration of folk music and electronic-tinged death metal. While tracks like “Complex 25” and the album's closer focus more on futuristic soundscapes, “March Of Chemical Pessimism” and “Procreation Abnegation” focus on intensity. Combining squealing axes with frenetic instrumentation, “Procreation Abnegation” proves to be one of the most diverse tracks with an equally fresh song structure. Yet, “Complex 25” and its predecessor are far more texturally expressive. The integration of disco and extreme metal is fascinating on this track Yet, this intrigue is present on all the album's tracks. Case in point: The opener balances programmed accents and angular dissonance in a quaint, yet strangely cohesive manner. This arrangement is particularly fascinating, as are the new wave quirks on its successor. This combination of songwriting, eclecticism, and taste allow Chronicles of an Aging Mammal to be the futuristic, layered record it is.



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Plutonio
April 2nd 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

No joke, if the only reasons you didn't like Imaginary Sonicscape was because you thought the metal parts sucked and it was incoherent, you will adore this album.

TheSpirit
April 2nd 2010



17649 Comments


the hell, this sounds awesome.

Digging: Venus Star - Nigredo Expulsion

DivinityOfPan
April 2nd 2010



85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The Spirit, check this out. Seriously, the whole album has been uploaded on youtube by this S0und0fCha0s guy.


Good review, pos'.

Rationalist
April 2nd 2010



880 Comments


Listening now. After like three songs this sounds like a 4.5 or a 4. I'll give an arbitrary TBOTD rating.

combustion07
April 2nd 2010



5343 Comments


I need this asap

DoctorNurse
April 2nd 2010



475 Comments


Listening to some on myspace, not really my thing

bloozclooz
April 2nd 2010



1770 Comments


hate to break your bubble, but mixing "ambiance" with "extreme metal" isn't really a new thing

TheSpirit
April 2nd 2010



17649 Comments


he never said it was, he said it wasnt his thing.

Relinquished
April 2nd 2010



24880 Comments


and it's "ambience"

Zoo
April 2nd 2010



3759 Comments


Never could get into this.

Plutonio
April 2nd 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I said they were polar opposites

pizzamachine
April 2nd 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn good album, and the grunts are better than most.

Plutonio
April 2nd 2010



474 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^^this.

Rationalist
April 2nd 2010



880 Comments


This is just far too fucking long for its own good. Not that I don't like epic albums, but Azure Emote's sound doesn't work in this format.

Rationalist
April 2nd 2010



880 Comments


hate to break your bubble, but mixing "ambiance" with "extreme metal" isn't really a new thing

hate to break your bubble, but he never said it was.


TheWayfarerElectric
April 3rd 2010



154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Record is awesome.



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