Mortiis
Perfectly Defect


1.5
very poor

Review

by Pedro B. USER (303 Reviews)
October 31st, 2010 | 16 replies | 5,566 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is why you shouldn't quit your day job.

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Change can be a bitch. In all walks of life, one's desire to change is often met with disapproval, whether it is from unsympathetic bosses, old-fashioned family members, disgruntled friends or, in the case of the music world, intolerant fans. For most of the fanbase of any given band or atist, that band or artist should remain immutable from his first to his last album, never mind the fact that decades often pass between the two.

However, while most times this attitude is unjustified and somewhat extreme, at times it does make sense. Sometimes it is better for artists not to change, as the exploration oif new territories is often clumsily handled and leads to an irrevocably mediocre career. A good poster-boy for this would be Mortiis. More hardcore metal fans will know Mortiis as the bass man for Emperor, one of the seminal bands of the Norwegian black metal movement. However, he soon abandoned corpse paint in favour of makeup that would make Pater Jackson proud. And with that change in appearance came a change in musical style, with the frosty aggression of black metal replaced by the equally cold, blunter agression of industrial rock. Which would be fine, if the change hadn't been simultaneous with such a spectacular dip in quality.

Now, past Mortiis albums have veered between the inconsequentially pleasant and the unspeakably boring, a tendency which seeps right through to 2009's free release Perfectly Defect. The fact that it's free, and therefore void of any obligation on the listener's part, does not necessarily make it a worthwhile download, and this is one that most rockers, let alone Emperor fans, will want to skip.

To be fair, it does not start off so bad. The early songs are listenable and raise a modicum of interest, being, as they are, attempts to mix the sounds of Marilyn Manson and the Nine Inch Nails. The title track is a chorusless mess, a herald of the rest of the album, but songs like Closer To The End and Sensation of Guilt actually manage to raise an eyebrow, with the former being perhaps the best this album has to offer. However, even these songs shoot themselves in the foot by being far too long, eventually causing the listener to 'zone out'.

Still, that is not the worst of it. The worst comes right afterwards, when the album takes a sharp turn for the worse and becomes a dull collection of faceless electronica. The songs lose whatever small bit of interest they may have had before, as well as any sort of sense or direction, and as a result this becomes one of those listening experiences where the subject suddenly snaps out of a reverie to realize they have been listening to something on their mp3 player for the last half-hour and not registered a single note of it. Thieving Bastards does grab a bit of interest, sounding like something Prodigy may have wrote for Music For The Jilted Generation, but other than that the album is a veritable black hole of clumsy songwriting, mediocre programming and stale ideas. The only other listenable moment comes right at the end, when This Absolution goes from sounding like the four tracks before it to something entirely different, and much more akin to Closer To The End. Then, finally, the listener has reasons to sit up and take notes, as Mortiis again reveals a good grasp on the Marilyn Manson/NIN formula.

However, this ultimately comes too late to save an album which mainly elicits boredom. Even as a free download, this is an utterly skippable offer - after all, a free plodding and dull album is no less of a plodding and dull album. As for Mortiis, he continues to serve as an example of why you should think twice before quitting your day job. Don't bother.

Recommended Tracks
Closer To The End
Thieving Bastards
This Absolution

Download it officially and for FREE here: www.mortiis.com



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sspedding
October 31st 2010



4715 Comments


these are freaks

ReturnToRock
October 31st 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I hadn't noticed, but this is an appropriately Halloweenish review. It wasn't intentional though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2010



30297 Comments


So how does Music For The Jilted Generation fit into all of this?

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

ReturnToRock
October 31st 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The one track sounds like it came out of it. Sort of Voodoo People-ish vibe to it.

bloc
October 31st 2010



34499 Comments


So how does Music For The Jilted Generation fit into all of this?

Both albums suck.



Next question.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

pizzamachine
October 31st 2010



12568 Comments


"Change can be a bitch."

So true.

Spec
October 31st 2010



26834 Comments


So how does Music For The Jilted Generation fit into all of this?

Both albums suck.



Next question. [2]


Willie
Moderator
October 31st 2010



15774 Comments


Good review. This guy's earliest albums were folky chamber music and were even worse than the electronic stuff he's doing now.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

Ulsufyring
October 31st 2010



1725 Comments


tempted to neg the hell out of you for that cringeworthy cliche first sentence

ReturnToRock
November 1st 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"discovering something that doesn't exist, or GIVING A MONKEY A SHOWER!"

Sorry Willie...every time I look at that avatar...

XulOnerom
November 1st 2010



1817 Comments


Too bad this album sucks.

I really like The Smell Of Rain

Willie
Moderator
November 1st 2010



15774 Comments


Sorry Willie...every time I look at that avatar...
It's one of the best cartoons out there.

xfearbefore
November 1st 2010



1196 Comments


Lame, I was hoping this wouldn't suck, Mortiis used to be pretty awesome, The Smell of Rain was great.

Digging: Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts

ReturnToRock
November 1st 2010



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Disagree. I don't see what the big deal isa about P&F.

I mean, yeah, it's the only cartoon on the Disney Channel, but c'mon guys, our generation had Dexter, Chip'n'Dale and Digimon! We have to be more demanding with our cartoons!

Raz0rGrind23
November 3rd 2010



419 Comments


Ren and Stimpy is the best cartoon out there. And yes, this album is terrible.....

jjtech
March 22nd 2012



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Heh - the only thing that is poor here is this review. I was never a huge Mortiis fan, but this album actually made me one. There is one 'but' though - you need to be a little bit open minded than chinese butthole. My take: dark, ambient industrial music with sometimes disco-like passages. I played it to me mates who are in electronic music/club music/ambient etc and they were blown away. This album is a work of genius, with a perfect production, the depth of which is unreachable for 99% of the bands you review on this site. Mortiis orchestration and composition skills, playing with sound, simple yet disturbing bits, mixed with great melodies, are on par with the best in the business. Of course you'll hear a little bit of Prodigy in one song, but it's never a mindless copy of something, it's the atmosphere, it's some bit/tempo, and Mortiis invariably mixes in something very original giving it more depth and giving me a goosebumps. You here some of Pitch Shifter industrial passages here, a little of the unmistakable sound of Type o Negative, some Marylin Manson or even Moby for that matter. But these are very intelligent used as a foundation for something of his own, or only as a decorative feature to give it more variaty and depth. Absolutely mind blowing music for open minded people, who like diversity and experiment and are in this type of music. It has very little or nothing to do with rock/metal/black metal - it stands on it's own



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